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: The Dugout Show #6 – Daryl Andrews – First Canadian in the MLB Fan Cave
Brock Picken talks with Daryl Andrews, the first Canadian to be selected for the MLB Fan Cave in New York City. Daryl is representing Team Canada in the MLB Fan Cave for the World Baseball Classic, and will be watching and tweeting about all the games in the WBC. Brock and Daryl discuss the announcement of Joey Votto playing for Canada, as well as Russell Martin’s decision not to play and Brett Lawrie’s public reaction to the media. They also discuss the excitement surrounding the upcoming Toronto Blue Jays season.
Brock Picken “The Baseball Guy” brings you a weekly episode of “3 Up 3 Down”.
Today’s show is a review of the March 2, 2013 Spring Training game vs the Phillies.
Final Score: Jays 11 – Phillies 6.
1. R.A. Dickey – shaky but confident.
Dickey got knocked around a bit in the first inning, but settled in nicely. More importantly, in an interview following his outing, he explained that he was confident and satisfied in his performance, stating he was focusing on throwing a high percentage of strikes and working on mechanics.
2. Jose Reyes – exciting and on fire! Jose plays with such enthusiasm and is really fun to watch. In his three at bats, he had a single, double, and home run. I had hoped for one more at bat, to see if he could hit for the cycle (it’s one of my predictions: http://bit.ly/JaysPredictions). He looks like he’s already in mid-season form.
3. Brett Lawrie calls Russell Martin “weak”. Russell Martin opted out of the World Baseball Classic because Team Canada wouldn’t let him play short. Of course they wouldn’t, he’s a catcher! The poor attitude and pulling out at the last minute is unacceptable, and Lawrie let everyone know how he felt. I respect Brett even more for calling Martin on it. Weak indeed.
Rajai Davis and Edwin Encarnacion both made errors in the field. Both were makeable plays. Actually, Lawrie was charged a throwing error, but Edwin should have had it. Edwin has come along over the past few years in the field, but I still don’t like to see a glove on Rajai’s hand. Steve Delabar looked good in a 3-up 3-down inning, and Bonifacio looked good at the plate with a home run and 2 RBI.