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Today in Blue Jays History: The Catch

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We did have color back then.
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28 years ago:

I love rewatching this. Devon was such a smooth outfielder.

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 singles 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.

Gruber made up for the error by hitting a leadoff homer in the bottom of the inning to tie the game. Then in the bottom of the ninth, Roberto Alomar singled and stole second. Joe Carter was intentionally walked. Dave Winfield followed with one of the very few sac bunts of his career (19 regular season bunts in 22 seasons). An intentional walk to load the bases later, Candy Maldonado hit a walk-off single.

That was likely the best catch that I have ever seen, and then Devon threw 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 balls that others couldn’t, but that one was just amazing. Kevin Pillar has had a few pretty impressive 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. The 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.

8 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.

I was very pissed off at the time that the Red Sox planted stories about Farrell not liking Alex Anthopoulos. The Red Sox were great at that, getting sports “reporters” to write what they wanted.

We had many posts:

https://www.bluebirdbanter.com/2012/10/20/3532452/the-boston-red-sox-have-hired-former-toronto-blue-jays-manager-john

https://www.bluebirdbanter.com/2012/10/23/3539088/why-dont-the-blue-jays-use-the-media-like-the-red-sox

https://www.bluebirdbanter.com/2012/10/24/3544100/dear-john

https://www.bluebirdbanter.com/2012/10/21/3533822/thoughts-on-john-farrells-exit

https://www.bluebirdbanter.com/2012/10/23/3543308/open-thread-for-the-john-farrell-red-sox-press-conference

https://www.bluebirdbanter.com/2012/10/21/3534862/alex-anthopoulos-conference-call-organized-snippets

https://www.bluebirdbanter.com/2012/10/21/3533628/laffair-farrell-in-pictures-a-photo-essay