Toronto Mike

When Joe Touched Them All: 15 Years Later


When I threw my support behind the Phillies, I referred to something that happened in this city fifteen years ago.  It was fifteen years ago Saturday, to be precise.

In Touch 'Em All, Joe I revisited that moment.

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.
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.

Dammit, there's some strange salty substance seeping from my eyes as I type.  That moment was sort of a double-edged sword.  It was a tremendous moment of collective elation, but it raised the bar to a point we may never see again. How the hell do we top that?  An overtime goal by a Maple Leaf to win the Stanley Cup perhaps?  Not much else comes to mind.

Listen to this call again.  It was broadcast 15-years ago and few people heard it live as we were all watching the game on television.  If you want more Tom Cheek Blue Jays memories, go here.

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