In celebration of the Toronto Blue Jays, who clinched their first division title in 22 years yesterday, we've compiled the top five iconic moments in franchise history:
#5 -- Joey Bats' 50th home run
Date: September 23, 2010
Why it was iconic: On that September day, Jose Bautista did what no other Blue Jay had ever done -- reach the 50 home run mark in a single season. Before Bautista, the Blue Jay that came the closest to reaching 50 homers in a single season was George Bell at 48.
#4 -- Dave Stieb's no-no
Date: September 2, 1990
Why it was iconic: Having flirted with the elusive "no-no" 2 seasons ago, Jays pitcher Dave Stieb finally got his (and the franchise's) first no-hitter. The Cleveland Indians' fans, while surely disappointed at their team's loss, gave Stieb a hearty ovation as his team members hoisted him up on their shoulders in celebration.
#3 -- "The Toronto Blue Jays are baseball's best in 1992!"
Date: October 24, 1992
Why it was iconic: Game 6 of the 1992 World Series. Jays lead the Atlanta Braves 3 games to 2. Bottom of the 11th, Braves' tying run on third with 2 outs. A sea of Atlanta Braves fans trying to will their team back into the series with the loud groan of the Tomahawk Chop. Cito Gaston emerges from the dugout to swap out veteran pitcher Jimmy Key for youngster Mike Timlin - who at that point had only pitched one inning for the entire series - to secure the final out of the World Series. The rest is history.
#2 -- The catch
Date: October 20, 1992
Why it was iconic: Game 3 of the 1992 World Series. Jays and Braves tied at 1 game apiece. A freakishly athletic Devon White makes a leaping catch right at the wall at centre field, robbing David Justice of what could have been a three-run opportunity. The catch itself is but one of many highlight reel catches in White's career, but was an absolute momentum smotherer for the Braves -- both for the game and the rest of the series.
#1 -- "Touch 'em all, Joe!"
Date: October 23, 1993
Why it was iconic: Game 6 of the 1993 World Series. Jays lead the Philadelphia Phillies 3 games to 2. Bottom of the 9th, Jays down 1 run, with the winning run on base. Staring down a 2-2 count, Joe Carter steels himself for the 5th pitch from Mitch Williams. What happens next is the stuff baseball dreams are made of.