On June 13, 1986, the Jays lost to the Tigers 10-5 at Exhibition Stadium. This game was note-worthy for two reasons. Cannon-armed Jesse Barfield threw out Dwight Lowry at home plate which was my favourite mid-80s Jays play and Cliff Johnson pinch-hit for Rick Leach and went deep.
Cliff friggin' Johnson. I loved that guy. He always had the perfect scowl, seemed perfectly old school and just a little pissed off. I remember he left and came back, and on this night, he hit his 20th career home run as a pinch-hitter. That was a major league record.
Cliff Johnson held that record for 24 years. That's a long time. Yesterday, former Jay Matt Stairs, who's also a good Canadian boy, hit his 21st homer as a pinch-hitter to break Cliffy's record.
I'm happy for Stairs, who I always liked, but I must admit I always liked Cliff Johnson owning that record.