The Toronto Blue Jays will face the Seattle Mariners within the American League Wild-Card Sequence beginning Friday.
Right here’s a glance again at 5 memorable playoff moments in Blue Jays historical past:
WALKING THE PARROT
The outdated single wild-card recreation format had its share of critics, but it surely incessantly delivered the drama.
Toronto and Baltimore heightened the depth much more by going to further innings of their play-in matchup at Rogers Centre in 2016.
With the rating tied at two within the eleventh inning, Devon Travis and Josh Donaldson reached on one-out singles for the Blue Jays.
That set the stage for Edwin Encarnacion, who belted a no-doubt blast off Ubaldo Jimenez that booked Toronto’s spot within the AL Division Sequence.
Encarnacion, an all-star with 42 homers that season, raised each arms within the air after his swing. Orioles catcher Matt Wieters seemed up on the launched ball and instantly began strolling again to the dugout.
GIVE EM ‘ECK
Future Corridor of Famers squared off in Sport 4 of the 1992 AL Championship Sequence when Oakland’s Dennis Eckersley confronted Roberto Alomar in a ninth-inning showdown.
Eckersley was nearly unhittable that 12 months, profitable the Cy Younger Award and the league’s MVP honour. The late-afternoon shadows on the Oakland Coliseum offered one other problem for Alomar, the Blue Jays’ second baseman.
Alomar silenced the group with a two-run homer and Toronto went on to win 7-6 in 11 innings.
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The Blue Jays would shut out the collection in six video games earlier than topping the Atlanta Braves for his or her first World Sequence title.
The Blue Jays endured some playoff heartache earlier than lastly breaking by in 1992.
Toronto’s first post-season look got here in 1985 after supervisor Bobby Cox guided the squad to a 99-win marketing campaign. The Blue Jays took a 3-1 lead within the AL Championship Sequence towards Kansas Metropolis however couldn’t put the Royals away.
George Brett’s third house run of the collection got here within the sixth inning of Sport 6 and Ok.C. pressured a deciding recreation with a 5-3 win.
The Royals accomplished the comeback with a 6-2 victory in Sport 7 at Exhibition Stadium.
SEVENTH IN THE 6IX
A botched throw again to the mound kick-started a seventh inning to recollect within the decisive Sport 5 of the 2015 AL Division Sequence between Toronto and Texas.
The Rangers took the lead on the bizarre play. Confusion reigned after Russell Martin’s throw hit Shin-Soo Choo’s bat and Rougned Odor scored from third as house plate umpire Dale Scott referred to as time.
The Rogers Centre crowd was incensed that the run stood and the sphere was quickly suffering from particles. The benches would clear twice within the body and one participant was ejected.
Nonetheless, the really memorable second got here within the backside half of the body when Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer — full with a next-level bat flip — to assist energy the Blue Jays to a 6-3 win.
TOUCH ‘EM ALL
No record of memorable Blue Jays playoff moments could be full with out a nod to Joe Carter’s walkoff homer for the ages in 1993.
Carter went deep off Mitch (Wild Factor) Williams in Sport 6 to present the Blue Jays their second straight World Sequence title.
The late broadcaster Tom Cheek delivered the decision he’s most identified for with the road: ‘Contact ’em all, Joe! You’ll by no means hit an even bigger house run in your life!”
This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Oct. 7, 2022.
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