Joe Touched 'Em All 16 Years Ago Today

Published by Toronto Mike on October 23, 2009 @ 17:37 in Memories, Toronto Blue Jays

JaysIt's hard to believe it's already been 16 years since Joe Carter went deep in game 6 of the Blue Jays ~ Phillies World Series. The Jays led the series 3 games to 2, but trailed in the game 6-5. With Mitch Williams on the mound for Philadelphia and Ricky Henderson and Paul Molitor on base, Carter hit a 2-2 pitch over the left field wall at SkyDome to give the Blue Jays their second World Series in a row.

For the tenth anniversary of the biggest hit in Blue Jays history, I wrote an entry that remains a personal favourite. Here's Touch 'em all Joe!

My mother recently asked me why it takes so much for my brothers and I to get excited about something. I paused to ponder the question and realized that men in their 20s and early 30s rarely appear particularly jovial. Immediately I thought of Bart and Lisa's response to a similar question: "We're the MTV generation, we feel neither highs nor lows". When I thought about it further, I managed to localize this reaction (or lack thereof) and came up with another theory.

Just to clarify, we do get excited about things and feel positively about certain events and occurences, it's just that to an observer, we appear to shrug everything off as pure happenstance. Why are we so jaded? Blame Joe Carter.

Ten years ago Thursday, Joe Carter came to the plate in the ninth inning of game six of the World Series. My Toronto Blue Jays led the series 3 games to 2, but trailed in the game 6-5. With Mitch Williams on the mound for the Philadelphia Phillies and Ricky Henderson and Paul Molitor on base, Joe hit a 2-2 pitch over the left field wall at SkyDome to give the Blue Jays their second World Series in a row. Earlier this month, I posted Tom Cheek's call of this moment as my quote of the week.

I can't accurately describe how my brothers and I reacted to this moment. When that ball cleared the fence, the feeling was ecstatic. The joy was overwhelming and we all shed tears. Heck, just thinking about that moment is causing my eyes to swell.

Joe Carter's World Series ending home run for the team I had worshipped since the summer of '83 is the reason it takes so much to get a rise out my brothers and I. The bar was raised to such an extreme height, that feeling may never be felt again. Many of you reading this are probably thinking I should have had a similar reaction watching my wife give birth to my son. I was extremely happy when I first met James, but it's different. Although we had hoped and prayed Carter would pull through, he could have struck out on that pitch and we could have lost the series in seven. Instead, he created a moment in time of unmatchable intoxication. When my son was born, I saw it coming. There was joy and relief, but not a split second of "Yah!!!". My brothers visited James at the hospital that night, but there was no pile-on as there was that night of October 23rd, 1993 when Joe "touched them all".

Thanks Joe for providing an entire city with a moment of collective elation. Until the Leafs win a Stanley Cup with an overtime goal, I fear it may never happen again.

And here it is, one of Tom Cheek's greatest calls.

16 years ago? Really? Damn, I'm old.

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8 Responses to "Joe Touched 'Em All 16 Years Ago Today"

twins from bolton
October 23, 2009 / 21:03

Had my wisdom teeth surgically removed same day.
In a stupor I saw the few innings & didn't comprehend until next day.
My kids love BBall & too bad they were only 21 months old in Oct/93.
At least they were alive when BJays won not like the Leafs.

Megan
October 23, 2009 / 22:14

Sniff....good times! I still get teary when I see the clip.

Ian
October 23, 2009 / 22:56

Thanks for reminding me about this! It's pretty special and will probably remain as one of my favourite memories of all time - they should declare October 23rd as a national holiday to honour this event!

GC
October 24, 2009 / 00:49

I probably have my mind in the gutter for thing this but I think the title of the article is kind of wrong...

Gary
October 24, 2009 / 09:08

GC...you're an idiot.

Anonymous
October 24, 2009 / 13:33

Thanks for the great memory Mike. I remember I was so flipping jealous that husband was in attendance, and I had something important at the university I couldn't miss. (it seemed so important at the time...now? meh, but the memory of watching the game with my buds in the pub afterward was still a highlight!!

Horonymous
October 25, 2009 / 21:53

Deep in the bowels of the Sky Dome patiently I waited to do post game in the Jays locker room interviews with the rest of the cameraguys.

On a small monitor one of the security guards was watching the game, we saw Joe smack that ball out of the park. 20 seconds later I was on the field capturing images of the Jays 2nd World Series win.

Alex
October 29, 2009 / 23:58

While I was still young at the time this was such a great moment in Toronto sports history and one that I don't see being matched for a while. I'm still jealous to this day that my father had gotten invited that night to go to the game (someone else couldn't make it so he got their ticket). Would've loved to have been in the stadium to experience that moment.

For those interested here's a quick interview/clip from MLB about that moment when Joe had the biggest hit of his career:

http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=3251266


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