It was great watching John Olerud hit another important home run in October. His two run shot was the difference in the Yankees win over the Red Sox last night.
Johnny O was a key contributor during our two World Series Championship seasons batting a Blue Jays record .363 in 1993. A Jay from 1989-1996, he's one of several former Blue Jays still contributing in the two LCS's.
Woody Williams, a Jay from 1993-1998, got the victory in St. Louis' win against Houston last night while Jeff Kent, a Blue Jays rookie in 1992, hit a two run homer for the Astros to put them ahead early.
Olerud, Williams and Kent are former Jays who made contributions for their respective teams last night, but there are several other Jays still playing. Mike Matheny, a Jay in 1999, caught Woody Williams last night. Roger Clemens, a Cy Young Award winner for the Blue Jays in 1997 and 1998, plays a key role in the Astros starting rotation but will watch from the dugout as Pete Munro, a Jay from 1999-2000, starts tonight. Over in the American League, Mike Timlin, a Jay from 1991-1996, pitches regularly out of the Red Sox bullpen. The Yankees, in addition to Johnny O, have a few more ex-Jays. Félix Heredia, a Jay in 2002, Esteban Loaiza, a Jay from 2000-2002, Paul Quantrill, a Jay from 1996-2001, and Tanyon Sturtze, a Jay in 2003, all throw for the pin stripes. Rubén Sierra, a Jay in 1997, is also there as an extra bat off the bench.
Many of the above players only spent a brief period of time in Toronto, but John Olerud, Woody Williams, Mike Timlin and Paul Quantrill still get my support for their years of excellent service. It's impossible not to root for Johnny O. With The Curse supporting him, he'll surely get another chance to play for it all.