Edwin Encarnacion– 2016 Wild Card Game- Extra Inning home run off Baltimore Orioles Ubaldo Jimenez
I realize this one may still sting, as Edwin Encarnacion signed with the Cleveland Indians a short time after this thrilling round-tripper. However, this home run was of epic proportions, and deserves a place on the Top 5. Surely, it stings more for the Orioles and their fans.
In a one and done wild card game, the Blue Jays faced off against their division rivals, the Baltimore Orioles for a contest north of the border. The game featured starters Marcus Stroman opposite Chris Tillman, however neither would be around for the decision in the 11th.
The wild card game was knotted at two runs apiece in the 11th when Orioles manager Buck Showalter opted for Ubaldo Jimenez instead of closer Zach Britton. A decision he will not soon forget. Britton had been absolutely perfect all season long with a minuscule 0.54 ERA and 47 saves.
With runners on first and third and one out, Edwin Encarnacion would stroll to the plate. Edwin was 0-3 with a walk and strikeout for the game leading up to the at-bat.
Encarnacion quickly would obliterate a Jimenez pitch halfway to Baltimore, catapulting the Jays into an ALDS rematch with the Texas Rangers. The Jays would walk off the Orioles 5-2 shattering their postseason aspirations.
I was fortunate enough to be in attendance at the Rogers Center for this one and recall the thunderous booms as the stadium nearly exploded with one swing of the bat from “Eddie”.
Easily the best game I have ever experienced live.