Chipper Jones spent some time in Toronto last week while Team USA was playing in the World Baseball Classic. And let's just say that Chipper ain't much of a fan of Toronto.
"We stayed in Toronto for a week and played three games," Chipper told the Atlanta Journal Constitution, via Deadspin. "I don't know if you ever stayed in Toronto, but it's not exactly Las Vegas. To say that we were plucking our eyebrows out one at a time would be an understatement."
In some ways, Chipper's statement is true: Toronto definitely isn't Las Vegas. But as someone who has been to Las Vegas, Toronto, and Atlanta, like Chipper, I will gladly take Toronto over either Vegas or Atlanta. Now I only spent four days in Toronto, but I fell in love with the place. The people were friendly. It had a lively downtown area with shops and clubs and bars and restaurants. You could do cheap. You could do expensive. It has a Second City comedy club. It's got major league baseball, and the NBA, and the NHL, and the AHL. I'm told that it even has strip clubs.
Sure, Vegas has the Strip and the casinos and the fancy clubs and the strippers and the organized crime and the prostitutes. But I've never been able to take Vegas for more than four days, and I've always been rather relieved to leave. And Atlanta has never done that much for me. It's like a miniature Houston -- small downtown surrounded by millions of suburbs.
But I liked Toronto. And though I don't live in Toronto, I find it sad that Chipper Jones doesn't like Toronto.