It’s been 23 years since the Jays won the World Series. But let’s not forget how many great moments this franchise has had over the past quarter century. We originally created this list after the Jays closed out the Texas Rangers last year in the ALDS with José Bautista hitting one of the most memorable home runs ever. We needed a walk down memory lane. A year later, Edwin Encarnacion hit a walk-off homer to win the AL Wild Card game adding his name to the list of Jays who have created the biggest moments in franchise history.
Let’s take another walk down memory lane to celebrate the top 6 playoff moments in Blue Jays history. So many more could have made this list including Dave Winfield’s double to take the lead in the ’92 World Series but we’ve stuck to more spectacular individual plays. Let us know what you think of our list in the comments.
6. Ed Sprague Homerun Off The Bench in 92 World Series Game 2
Trailing by one run in the ninth, Ed Sprague hits a pinch hit two-run home run to left, propelling the Blue Jays to a 5-4 victory.
5. Devon White “The Catch”and the Tripe Play That Never Was
This was the best Jays catch ever by the best Jays centerfielder ever. In Game 3 of the 1992 World Series, Devon White makes a great leaping catch at the wall and almost turns it into a triple play.
4. Edwin Encarnación’s Walk-Off Homer in 2016 AL Wild Card Game
After 2015’s epic run and a strong 2016 regular season, the Jays found themselves in first place and looking like a favourite to challenge for the World Series. The final quarter of the season, however, saw the Jays sputter somewhat, limping their way into the Wild Card spot in their last regular season game. In the single elimination Wild Card match against the Baltimore Orioles, the Jays found themselves in a defensive battle. As the game wore on, their stars were clutch as Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, and others had key hits and defensive plays.
In the end Edwin Encarnación enunciated the Jay’s sheer depth when in the 11th inning he dug in on a 91 mph fastball, swung his bat, and instantly propelled the Jays to the ALDS with a walk-off blast. We think that is deserving of a high rank on the all-time Jays post-season moments.
3. Roberto Alomar 1992 ALCS Homer
Some still say this is the best hit in franchise history. The Jays were in their first ALCS and up 2-1 in the series against the loaded Oakland A’s and were down by two runs in the ninth facing legendary closer Dennis Eckersley. Alomar homered and The Jays won that game, the series, and eventually the World Series.
2. José Bautista’s 7th Inning Moonshot and Epic Batflip in 2015 ALDS
Down one run starting the 7th inning, the Jays completed one of the wildest innings in baseball history that saw two bench clearings, 4 errors, and culminated with José Bautista hitting one of the most chilling 3-run moonshots you will ever see. Period. Some may say it’s too early to put this at #2 but consider that this was do-or-die game to complete the comeback in the series by the longest tenured Jay on the team, not to mention the insanity of the inning that preceded the hit.
1. Joe Carter Wins It All in 93
Joltin Joe Carter hits a 9th inning World Series 3-run homer to clinch the series for the Jays, their second championship in a row. No big deal.