The big baseball story heading into baseball’s playoffs is the return to post season play for the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets.

But also garnering some attention, even south of the border, is baseball fever taking home in Toronto.

Numerous American media outlets have noticed how the city of Toronto, the province of Ontario and parts of Canada beyond have gone wild over the Blue Jays

It has even caught the attention of the New York Times.

“People have been saying it for years around here,” Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons said to the Times. “If the team heats up, this place will explode. That’s what’s happening. This team represents the whole country, and this place is on fire.”

But even with the exposure in the States, there may not have been recognition and acceptance by some. It seems that to the chagrin of some, the Jays have not been scheduled for prime time. Instead the starting times for their games in Toronto are in the afternoon. A charming reminder to old timers’ like myself about baseball the way it used to be, these times (12:30 and 3:30) leave workers and school kids scurrying to find ways to catch the game during the course of the day.

But many seem to take these issues in stride. Afterall, things are looking up – at least the Jays are there. And, who knows, in a few years the buzz might even be about the Leafs.