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History Repeating Itself?

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?

 

The Dugout – Show #9 – Two-Sport Blue Jays Prospect Anthony Alford Jr

Anthony Alford Two-Sport Star

Jays Prospect Anthony Alford Jr. (via milb.com)

Click here to listen to: The Dugout Show #9 – Two-Sport Blue Jays Prospect Anthony Alford Jr

Brock Picken talks with Blue Jays prospect Anthony Alford Jr, who was drafted in the third round right out of high school for $750,000.

Anthony talks about playing football for Ole Miss and who his favourite football and baseball players are. He also discusses and clears up the altercation on Southern Mississippi campus in which he was initially charged with aggravated assault (the charges were later lowered). As a powerful athlete with terrific speed and quick hands, Anthony has the Jays organization excited about his baseball future.

Check out some of Anthony’s baseball skills: