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Today in Blue Jays History: The Catch

Outfielder Devon White #25 of the Toronto Blue Jays heads to second base during Game Four of the 1992 World Series against the Atlanta Braves  Photo by MLB via Getty Images

Hard to believe this was 27 years ago:

The Jays won the game, 3-2, taking a 2 game to 1 lead in the series. Without that catch, we likely wouldn’t have won the game (2 runs would have scored and the Braves would have a runner in scoring position with no outs) and we might not have won the series. This play came in the 4th inning, with no score yet. Joe Carter would hit a home run in the bottom of the inning to give us the lead.

Juan Guzman gave up a tying run in the 6th. Deion Sanders doubled, Terry Pendleton singled and David Justice single to drive in Sanders, but Guzman got out of the inning before it got worse. The Braves took the lead in the 8th, Otis Nixon got on base on a Kelly Gruber error, stole second and scored on a Lonnie Smith single.

That was likely the best catch that I have ever seen and then Devon threw the ball the ball back in to get the base runners, it was just a great play. Devon was so smooth in the outfield, he rarely seemed to have to make that spectacular play, because he would easily get to ball that others couldn’t, but that one was just amazing. Kevin Pillar has had a few pretty amazing catches, but I still think this is the best.

We’d go on to win the series in 6 games. I very clearly remember the last play. Mike Timlin pitching. Tying run on 3rd (John Smoltz in as a pinch-runner). Otis Nixon at the plate. Nixon put down a pretty good drag bunt, but Timlin was ready for it and made a nice play, throwing to Joe Carter at first. Joe started jumping up and down as soon as the out was called. I’m not sure I’ve seen anyone just higher. I’ll admit I was jumping up and down too.

7 Years ago today:

John Farrell signs with the Red Sox. We were less than happy, but we got Gibby back and Farrell was fired from his ‘dream job’. So all-in-all, it worked out.

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