Jose Bautista stood behind the batting cage talking to 24 youngsters at the Rogers Centre Saturday afternoon.

The campers wore normal attire, ball pants, helmets, batting gloves and jerseys. One blue top had Brett Lawrie's name on the back. There was one J.P. Arencibia, a Ricky Romero, a Colby Rasmus and seven Bautista uniform tops.

No less than 180 kids, rotating through Duane Watd's different stations, took part in the on-field Blue Jays camps with tutors Adam Lind, Brett Cecil, Aaron Loup, plus coaches Demarlo Hale, Chad Mottola and Pat Hentgen.

Bautista was in mid-sentence talking when he caught himself.

"Hey, what's the deal wearing a New York Yankee helmet? We don't like that logo around here," Bautista jokingly asked Nathan Bielawski, a North York bantam.

"No, no, it's OK," Hall of Fame father and Hall of Fame Blue Jays instructor Sandy Alomar interjected with a laugh.

"It's OK to wear a Yankee helmet ... so you Yankee fans can remember how bad we beat you guys this year."

The Rogers Centre is a place of optimism and not only because a sold-out crowd of 355 coaches from six different provinces were in house for a national certification program.