Nice article on the porwerfull bluejays team of the early 90′s..
Back2Back The Toronto BlueJays
In the year of 1977, history was made in Toronto,Canada. After the Montreal Expos, The Toronto Blue Jays were the 2nd and only team in Canadian history to be expanded into Major League baseball.Fans in Toronto were skeptical of their new baseball team, But on April 7th,1977, Toronto played their first ever game in MLB against powerhouse Chicago White Sox in Toronto at the Exhibition Stadium.The Blue Jays won the game 9-5 after Doug Ault hit 2 home runs.But this game was more remembered because of a minor snowstorm that happend before the game and the pitch was covered with snow. Toronto eventually finished in last place in the AL.
First game at Exhibition StadiumAfter almost over a decade, Toronto continued to struggle to compete in the play-offs and make it to the World Series even though they had big all star players such ass Jesse Barfield,George Bell and Dave Stieb the most they could win was a division title.That all changed very soon. in the late 80′s The Blue jays were heading into a new era. They signed young talented players like…Tony Fernandez,LLyod Moseby and Fred McGriff.
During the late 80′s players from the club and around the league were complaining about always playing in bad weather conditions in Toronto’s Exhibition Stadium(which was demolished in 1999) and wanted the club to build another stadium. So on June 3rd,1989, history was made yet again. The Skydome stadium was born and is the first stadium in history of baseball to have a fully re-tractable motorized roof, as well with rows of hotels attached to it overlooking the field.And if that wasn’t enough, the stadium was built right next to the most tallest free-structure in the world which was the CN tower. The Toronto Blue Jays finally had a proper home stadium and it was recognized all over North America.
The early 90′s was the greatest era for Canadian baseball and Toronto Blue Jays history. In 1992, The Toronto Blue became the first Canadian team ever to win the World series against NL’s Atlanta Braves with All star players such as Joe carter,Roberto Alomar,Devon White,Dave Stieb and Tom “The Terminator” Henke. But it didnt end there for Toronto, after the following season, 7 Toronto players made it to the All star game including infamous head coach ‘Cito Gaston’ for the American League team. after the All-star break Toronto came back from a 8 game losing streak and won the east division taking it away from former 1st place team the ‘New York Yankees’ which qualified Toronto to get in the play-offs for a 2nd straight season.
After the Jays claimed another AL pennant, they have reached to the World series 2 straight seasons in a row. And after a gritty 5 game performance by both the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies. The Blue Jays now led the series 3-2 going into the next game in Toronto which could make them be the first team to win on Canadian soil. On October 23,1993, The SkyDome was sold out and rammed with Blue jays fans. It was the 9th inning, Joe Carter is at the plate with 2 strikes,2 balls, 1 out with 3 runners on base and the Blue jays were down 6-5. closer, Mitch Williams threw a fast ball inside and Joe carter swung and the baseball was hit hard and deep to left field and over the wall!A walk-off Home run!!! Joe Carter ran around the bases jumping with joy! the Blue jays were once again world Champions!! And this is one of the infamous play by play announcing by legend Announcer, Tom Cheeks.
“A swing, and a belt! Left field! Way back! Blue Jays win it! The Blue Jays are World Series champions as Joe Carter hits a three-run home run in the ninth inning and the Blue Jays have repeated as World Series Champions! Touch ‘em all, Joe, you’ll never hit a bigger home run in your life!”
Yes, it was all true for the Blue jays, they were back 2 Back world series champions! people in downtown Toronto were partying. ( I remember it being so packed that my back was touching the wall) it was crazy. yes ladies and Gentlemen,this was one of the greatest baseball teams in the early 90s of baseball. Sadly, Toronto has never been the same since, but hopefully one day they will bring back the glory that used to be during those great times in the 90′s.