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Belfast Blue Jays fan Colin Murray's 6,000 mile round trip to watch beloved Toronto team win baseball game

By Jonny Bell

Published 05/10/2016

Colin Murray travelled to Canada to watch one baseball game.
Colin Murray travelled to Canada to watch one baseball game.

Belfast broadcaster Colin Murray made an incredible 6,000 mile round trip to watch his beloved Toronto Blue Jays play baseball - and they won.

The BBC presenter has been a fan of the Canadian team since he lived in the city in 1995 and would regularly make trips.

However, the crunch game against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night was the first time he travelled for just a single game.

And the 39-year-old made the news in the process.

Don't let Colin Murray down.

Posted by CBC Ottawa on Tuesday, October 4, 2016
 

 

Broadcaster CBC news interviewed Murray ahead of the game outside the Rogers Centre.

"I lived here in 1995, fell in love with the Blue Jays, had nearly two decades of nothing," he said.

"You're not a fan just to win, right? You're a fan because you're a fan.

"I've had great moments, but nothing like the last two seasons."

 

Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run. Picture By: Arthur Allison/ Pacemaker.
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run. Picture By: Arthur Allison/ Pacemaker.
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run. Picture By: Arthur Allison/ Pacemaker.
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run. Picture By: Arthur Allison/ Pacemaker.
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Colin Murray and the gang during the Belfast mankini run. Picture By: Arthur Allison/ Pacemaker.

The Blue Jays went on to win their crucial game to take them to the play-off of the American League Division Series.

Murray said it was a lonely existence backing the Jays from the UK.

He said the sport was seen as just "grown men in pajamas playing rounders".

"For me, it's the greatest sport on Earth," he said.

"It's quite a lonely existence. There's a couple of Jays fans in Belfast, literally."

Sports mad Murray recently quit TalkSPORT after it was taken over by News Corp and given the organisations ties to The Sun newspaper.

He returned to the BBC and presents the weekly Fighting Talk show on Saturday mornings.

More: Colin Murray back on the radio for more Fighting Talk

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