Roberto Alomar– 1992 ALCS- Game-tying home run off Oakland Athletics Dennis Eckersley
The Toronto Blue Jays were down 6-1 going into the 8th inning of Game 4 of the 1992 ALCS versus the Oakland Athletics. With the Jays up 2-1 in the series, it appeared the Athletics were in the driver’s seat with two innings remaining and closer Dennis Eckersley looming in the bullpen.
Eckersley had been unhittable all season long registering 51 saves with a 1.91 ERA in 69 games for the A’s in 1992. He also would later go on to win the league MVP and Cy Young award for the season.
The Jays managed to chip away at the lead in the 8th, scoring three runs including two off of Eckersley, making it a 6-4 deficit. A’s manager Tony La Russa decided to stay with his closer for the 9th inning and the rest is history.
Speedster Devon White led off the inning with a triple, setting the table for the Alomar heroics. The second-baseman would smash the Eckersley offering over the right-field wall much to the dismay of outfielder Ruben Sierra. The homer was a frozen rope that left the yard with some giddy-up.
The Jays would go on to win the game in the 11th thanks to a sacrifice fly from catcher Pat Borders and take a strangle hold on the series 3-1.
Alomar would go on to be named series MVP after the Jays punched their ticket to the World Series in six. The future Hall of Famer batted .423 with 11 hits and two home runs in 26 at-bats.