Blue Jays pitcher will never understand why Canada sells milk in plastic bags

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J.A. Happ is enjoying a productive first season back with the Toronto Blue Jays after playing for the Jays from 2012-14, posting a 3.36 ERA in 112 1/3 innings in the first half.

The Blue Jays start the second half at 51-40, two games back of the Baltimore Orioles in the A.L. East.

Everything is good, except for this: Happ is struggling to adapt to a basic Canadian staple — bagged milk. For the life of him, he can’t figure out why Canada doesn’t sell its milk in jugs.

In an interview with SportsNet, Happ explained this very serious dilemma.

Is there anything you’re still not used to in Canada?

Happ: I think I’ve gotten used to most of the stuff. Grocery shopping is a little different. I still don’t understand the bagged milk situation here.


Happ: You guys sell milk in bags and I don’t really get why, or what you do then with the bags. Other than that it seems like Canada’s doing a pretty good job. [Laughs.] But I don’t get the milk. Put it in a gallon jug so you don’t have the sloppy, messy bag.

You know you put the bag in a milk jug, right?

Happ: Where’s the jug? Do you have to buy the jug separately? Why are they not in the jug already?

Oh my gosh. You have to ask someone at the grocery store for help.

Happ: Why do I have to ask? I should just grab it from the counter and it should be ready for me to drink.

There’s an assumption that you know to put the bag in a milk jug and cut it open.

Happ: [Laughs]. They can’t assume that. I’ve never bought it because I see this bag of milk and I’m like I don’t get what I can do with this thing.

J.A., I can’t believe this.

Happ: [Laughs.] We need a memo sent out to all American players on how Canada dispenses its milk. Would you prefer to have a gallon of milk or a bag or milk? You can pick up a gallon and walk out of the store. Or you can try to figure out how to drink your bagged milk.

Milk bags were introduced to Canada in the 1960s and favored by milk producers because bags are cheaper, lighter and less fragile than jugs. But we feel you, J.A. The milk struggle is real.