Watch as I discuss the 2015 Blue Jays with Cito Gaston, and we make connections to the 1992 and 1993 World Championship teams that he managed. The 3-part interview is posted below.
With each win, the 2015 Blue Jays climb closer to that long-awaited playoff birth.
The Championships of 1992 and 1993 seem SO long ago. They were. I have friends who weren’t even alive for the Jays first World Series title.
But with AA pulling off a sequence of blockbuster trades, and those pieces making an immediate impact, suddenly the connections between the ’92 and ’93 squads and the current team don’t seem so far-fetched. In the off-season, late 1991, the Jays signed free agents Jack Morris and Dave Winfield (on consecutive days). Those who watched the 1992 team will no doubt remember the significance both Morris and Winfield had during the regular season, and during October baseball. In the off-season this past winter, the Jays signed free agent Russell Martin, and 10 days later pulled off a mammoth trade for Josh Donaldson. It’s obvious what an impact those two have made thus far.
It’s the end of August and the Jays are in first place, two games up on the Yankees. Hey, they’ve already started selling post-season tickets!
There are so many moments from both championships that stand out for many fans, but one of the most talked about is the “triple play that wasn’t” during the 1992 World Series.
I reminisced with Kelly Gruber, the Jays third baseman during that memorable play.
Fans may remember that in fact, it was this very day, August 27th, back in 1992, when Jeff Kent and Ryan Thompson were traded to the Mets for David Cone. Cone would contribute to the championship with a 1 – 1 record and 3.22 ERA.
David Price has been the masterful pitcher everyone expected he would be, upon his arrival. Toronto has their first true ace since Roy Halladay. It’s exciting to think about what he could accomplish this October.
Over two decades after Carter’s home run disappeared over that left field wall, we find our blue birds that much closer to going back to the playoffs and possibly taking another run at a World Series.
So, is history repeating itself?
Click here to listen to: Brock discuss the match-up between Tampa and Texas for the remaining Wild Card Spot.
Sometimes 162 games aren’t enough. Game 163 will be the tie-breaker that decides whether Tampa or Texas get a shot at a one-game playoff vs Cleveland for the official Wild Card spot in the AL.
In a one-game scenario, most stats go out the window. It will likely come down to who pitches a gem tonight, Price or Perez.
Both have the potential to throw un-godly stuff.
Baseball fans should be in for a real treat.
Getting an extra game, “Bonus Baseball” if you will, is a treat in itself.
Sunday April 7th, 2013 was not a good day to be starting pitcher, R.A. Dickey. Since acquiring the knuckleballer in the off-season, Jays fans have been itching to see what the hype is all about. We’re going to have to wait a bit longer to see, as Dickey got roughed up for 10 hits, 7 earned runs, and 2 HR to Will Middlebrooks (who was red-hot and hit 3 on the day) in 4 2/3 innings.
It however, is not a cause for concern, as fans have to realize that this type of horrible outing can happen to any pitcher, even the Ace of the team.
It in fact happened to several notable starters this very same day!
Other MLB Aces who had rough starts:
- David Price: gave up 10 hits (2 HR) and 8 earned runs in 5 innings in the Rays 13-0 loss to the Tribe
- Cole Hamels: gave up 9 hits and 8 earned runs in 5 2/3 innings in a 9-4 Phillies loss to the Royals
- Stephen Strasburg: 9 hits and 6 earned runs in 5 1/3 innings, losing 6-3 to the Big Red Machine
- Matt Cain: only went 3 2/3 innings, giving up 7 hits and 9 earned runs to the Cards
- Justin Verlander: Not a horrific outing going 7 1/3 innings, but gave up 7 hits and 3 earned runs in a Detroit 7-0 loss to the Yanks
So if you were at the Jays game and were one of the disrespectful “fans” booing Dickey, I hope you can recognize that the one thing that all of these pitchers have in common (aside from all having bad starts on the same day) is that they are also HUMAN. We all have bad days, regardless of the line of work. These men all happened to have bad outings. But they will all bounce back. That’s why they’re “aces”.
Sometimes you win.
Sometimes you lose.
Sometimes, it rains.