Our Favourite Blue Jays Moments in 2015 (So Far)
As the Toronto Blue Jays begin their ALCS series against the Kansas City Royals tonight, Blue Jay pride is at an all-time high. We thought we would take this opportunity to showcase 10 of our favourite Blue Jay Moments in 2015 (so far).
Donaldson flies into stands for catch
Potential American Leauge MVP Josh Donaldson has had a season full of great plays, but who can forget when he jumped into the first 3 rows of stands to make a catch.
Pillar climbs outfield wall to rob a homer
It’s been said that ¾ of the world is covered in water, the other ¼ is covered by Blue Jays Outfielder (and potential Gold Glove winner) Kevin Pillar. In this memorable play, Pillar climbs the left field wall to make the catch and rob Yankee Tim Beckham of a homerun.
Encarnacion hits 3 homeruns in one game
Canadian sports fans are very familiar with a hat trick – when a hockey player scores three goals. When Edwin Encarnacion hit three homeruns in one game, Toronto fans responded the way they would at a hockey game – by throwing hats on the field to celebrate the “hat trick”.
Smoak’s Grand Slam in Yankee Stadium
This hit was not only 1st baseman Justin Smoak’s first career grand slam, but it was also the first time a Blue Jay has hit a homerun with the bases loaded at Yankee Stadium.
Tulowitzki homers in Blue Jay Debut
Mid-season acquisition Troy Tulowitzki made an immediate impact on the team by homering in his first game as a Blue Jay. Sighs of relief were heard all over Toronto from baseball fans who weren’t 100% convinced giving up former Jay Jose Reyes was the right call.
Price’s Blue Jay Debut
Toronto’s post season dreams came closer to reality when the Jays picked up Pitcher (and Cy Young Winner) David Price. Similar to Tulowitzki, Price made an instant impact and gave his team (and the city of Toronto) the confidence to make the playoffs. Remember, the Jays were only 53-51 before the Price trade and ended the season at 93-69.
Goins Alomar-esque foul ball catch
2nd baseman Ryan Goins reminded Toronto fans of Hall-of-Fame Blue Jay Roberto Alomar, as he races into foul territory and makes a sliding catch.
Donaldson’s Walk Off Home Run in Regular Series Home Finale
Although the Blue Jays were all but guaranteed to return to the Rogers Centre in the post season, Josh Donaldson gives the fans one last memory with a walk off home run in the final Home Game in the #6ix.
Blue Jays clinch the AL East division title
The last time the Blue Jays were in the post season, the year was 1993 and I was eight years old. This is what made making the playoffs (and even more impressive – winning the AL East division title) so special. They did it in the first game of a double header in Baltimore – another game in 20 minutes didn’t stop the Jays from celebrating this amazing accomplishment.
Kawasaki Interview – Bush Party
During the celebrations, fan-favourite Munenori Kawasaki gave an interview to SportsNet’s Barry Davis indicating his desire to attend a Bush Party. This line became an instant Blue Jay classic line, and has been repeated by Canadians many times since.
Bautista’s 7th inning homerun in ALDS
Where were you during the 7th inning of Game 5 of the ALDS between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers? I was pacing back and forth in my living room
Easily one of the craziest innings in MLB play off history, the seventh inning was a roller coaster of emotion. After an arguably bad call, home base was stolen and the Rangers were up by one, much to the dismay of Blue Jays fans.
This set the stage for Jose Bautisita to hit the ‘home run heard around Canada’ complete with a flawless bat flip #swag. This gave the Jays the lead and they never looked back, winning the ALDS and sending them to the American Leauge Champioship Series. What a time to be alive.
Hopefully, the best is yet to come. Catch the Toronto Blue Jays take on the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS starting tonight at 8:07 pm on Sportsnet (ch. 44).
Andrew Mustard, Marketing Coordinator
Devoted Leafs fan through the good and the bad - mostly bad. Born and raised in Stratford, Ontario - with more swag than Bieber. Success isn’t a maybe - it’s a must.