It’s hard to fathom that any home run could be more consequential than a World Series walk-off homer, however, Jose Bautista’s heroics in Game Five may take the cake.
Joe Carter catapulted the Toronto Blue Jays to their second consecutive World Series championship when he tagged a Mitch Williams offering over the left-field wall at the Skydome on October 23rd, 1993. The homer is what childhood dreams are made off and Carter instantly became a Blue Jays legend forever immortalized in the record books.
However, the dramatics leading up to the Jose Bautista bat flip in Game Five versus the Texas Rangers is something that we will never ever see on a diamond ever again. The lead-up and atmosphere at the Rogers Centre during that inning will never be replicated not even in a World Series.
When Bautista drilled that 1-1 offering from Sam Dyson over that left centre field wall to give the Blue Jays a 6-3 lead in the seventh inning will be forever engrained in my memory. The stare out toward the mound, the reaction of the players in both dugouts and the deafening noise in the stadium just added to the moment.
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I get that Carter won a title with one swing of his bat but that Game Five may be arguably one of the best games in the history of the sport. There were so many layers and storylines before Bautista even strolled to the plate that made the contest so unique.
They are undoubtedly the two greatest individual moments in Jays history and although both hold a very special place in my heart, the Jose Bautista flair for the dramatic may have a slight edge for me personally as my all-time favourite moment.
The game is currently being played on Sportsnet, so grab a cold one and relive one of the most exciting games in Toronto Blue Jays history.
What moment do you think was the biggest in franchise history, interested to see your thoughts below?