10/08/2015 14:58 EDT | Updated 10/08/2016 01:12 EDT

Blue Jays fans from across Canada descend on Toronto to take in playoff opener

TORONTO — Blue Jays fans have descended upon Toronto from across the country to take in the team's first post-season game in 22 years.

Glenn Smith and Norm Bassett have come from the Northwest Territories, driving 1,000 kilometres to Edmonton before hopping on the red-eye to get to Toronto a few hours before the opening pitch.

Smith, clad in a full Blue Jays uniform, says it was time to blow some money on his favourite team since it's been so long since their last appearance in the playoffs.

Smith, like dozens of others outside the Rogers Centre on Thursday afternoon, says the Blue Jays will crush the Texas Rangers and eventually win the World Series.

Angela Gleason and her husband, Michael, have driven in from Barrie, Ont., hoping the Blue Jays replicate the result of the last playoff game they attended in 1993 when the team won the World Series.

The Canadian Press