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A behind the scenes look at the Toronto Blue Jays and their

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The home opener is one of the busiest days of the year for the Blue Jays press office. This time around, they issued 60 more passes than usual (and reminded journalists right on the front of the pass not to ask anyone for an autograph).

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Sportnet’s Hazel Mae waits for her hit, from one of four sets the broadcaster has set up for its live pregame coverage.

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Somewhere in this scrum of reporters there’s a Blue Jay. It’s impossible to know which one.

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Journalists aren’t expected to fend for themselves at the ballpark, and all the scrumming of random Blue Jays makes them hungry. The press box buffet runs all night long, and features ballpark staples such as hot dogs and popcorn.

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The giant score board is controlled from across the field, where a dozen or so workers constantly update the stats and decide things such as which fans to feature on the big screen and which commercials to run on the concourse.

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Sportsnet has access to 19 cameras during its broadcast – this one is set up behind home plate and is the one directors revert to if they’ve missed a shot and need to buy some time.

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Each of these control trucks costs about $9-million to outfit. Each team usually has an extra on hand in case something bad happens to the first.

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These are the wires that power the television broadcast – from their truck to your home.

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One of the control truck’s many control boards.

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Television broadcaster Buck Martinez calls the game from the broadcast booth.

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