Blue Jays: A look back at the 5 best Opening Day performances in franchise history
By Eric Treuden
4. Adam Lind, 2009
Easily the best season of Adam Lind's 12-year big league career came in 2009 as a member of the Blue Jays. He hit 35 home runs and drove in 114 with a whopping 46 doubles for good measure. He never quite replicated this offensive performance throughout the rest of his playing days, but he started off the '09 season on a great foot.
The eventual Silver Slugger Award winner was a key piece in the 12-5 shellacking the Jays gave the Detroit Tigers on April 6th, 2009. He came to the plate five times and had four hits, one of them being a massive home run in the fifth inning that put the Jays up 9-1, surprisingly putting on an offensive clinic against future Hall of Famer Justin Verlander.
3. Jack Morris, 1992
Jack Morris, an 18-year veteran who went on to be elected to the Hall of Fame, spent two years on the Blue Jays at the tail end of his career. He made his Jays debut in 1992, earning the nod as the club's Opening Day starter.
Morris' historic performance that day was just the start the Jays needed, as they went on to win the 1992 (and 1993!) World Series after going 96-66 in the regular season.
On April 6th, the then-37-year-old Morris dominated the Detroit Tigers, which has become a common theme in the first three entrants to our list here. He threw a complete game that day, striking out seven batters and holding the Tigers to just five hits on the day as the Jays won the game 4-2.
Morris' complete game gem that year holds more significance than Stroman's start did, simply because his great game started the eventual World Series champions' season on the right foot.