It was a fall Saturday evening on October 23th, 1993. Skydome is packed with anticipating Blue Jay fans eager to witness a second consecutive World Series crown.
After a long 9 innings, the Blue Jays step up to bat one run down facing a potential Game 7 in Philadelphia if they don’t close the game. Joe Carter approaches the plate to face Mitch Williams, runners on first and second, one out. Alfredo Griffin waits on deck. With the count at 2-1 Mitch throws a high powered fastball that catches Carter off guard. The fans look nervous cheering with a hope and prayer on their best hitter. Carter knows the World Series lies on the barrel of his bat.
The next pitch low and in, Carter swings, hits the ball deep into left field and into the stands out of the reach of Milt Thompson. The Blue Jays win the World Series.
“Touch ‘em all Joe, you’ll never hit a bigger home run in your life,” says Tom Cheek, who was the Blue Jays announcer during the Championship.
If you’re wondering, that was the last time the Blue Jays made the post season. It was also the last time the Blue Jays won the A.L East and the World Series.
On September 30th, 2015 the Toronto Blue Jays claimed the AL East Championship. As a Jays fan, you might believe this can be the year they win the World Series again.
They defeated the Baltimore Orioles 15-2 thanks to two home runs from Jose Bautista and a dominant performance from Marcus Stroman. The honours were given in the 9th inning to veteran Latroy Hawkins to close out the ball game and send the bench over the guard bar in the dugout and on to the field to celebrate in a World Cup like winning fashion.
Thousands of Blue Jay fans made the trip much like any other road game this season, to celebrate with the team and GM Alex Antholopolus in the stands. The fans chanted, “Thank you Alex,” in gratitude for assembling a contending team.
The celebration moved into the dressing room and the celebrations began. Once you know the bottles of champagne and the beer comes out it becomes an adult version of a water park; even Anthopolous had to wear ski goggles to enjoy the madness.
In an interview per tsn.ca, Anthopolous said, “The whole organization, across Canada, Toronto….my phone blew up, text, emails. I can only imagine what Toronto is like right now, and all of Canada.”
Canadian bat catcher Russel Martin stated, “We believe we are the best team. Now we just have to go out and prove it.”
Martin was acquired at the beginning of the season from the Pittsburgh Pirates along with Josh Donaldson from the Oakland Athletics.
Close to the deadline period and on deadline day, Alex Anthopolous acquired two star players in blockbuster deals. He brought over one of the best shortstops in the game Troy Tulowitzki from Colorado and Detroit’s ace David Price.
Other small acquisitions such as veterans Mark Lowe and LaTroy Hawkins were moved into the bullpen to improve the pitching quality and provide leadership.
Ever since the all-star break with a 50-51 record, the Toronto Blue Jays and their new players managed to flip the table and finish with 93 wins and 69 losses.
The Blue Jays will play Game 1 of the ALDS Thursday, October, 8th against the Texas Rangers.