Do you remember what happened 15 years ago this week? Here's a clue. 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.
Philadelphia is competing in this year's World Series. They've returned 15 years later and we've yet to play another playoff game. It doesn't quite seem fair, but I'm rooting for them this time. I'm rooting for them because of two people.
Gillick is general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, a post he held here in Toronto from 1978 through 1994. He built our Jays from nothing to a franchise that won five division titles and two World Series titles. We haven't made the playoffs since he left and now he's got the Phillies on the brink. I'd love to have him back.
Stairs isn't just a Canadian and a former Jay, he's a class act. And when he went deep on October 13 to lead the Phillies to victory, he became the oldest player to hit a pinch homerun in the post-season.
I'd love to see the 40-year old from Saint John, New Brunswick win it all with his 11th team. It's just a shame he couldn't win it with his 10th team.