|RICK EGLINTON/TORONTO STAR|
|Touch 'em all, Joe.|
Not much trouble finding something for today. Let's go back 13 years, when Mitch Williams was still Wild Thing and Joe Carter was just an ordinary Joe, albeit a rock-steady, 30-HR, 100-RBI fellow with a World Series ring from the previous season.
This is World Series moment No. 1 for any Blue Jays fan aged 21 or so and older, and I'm no different. It was at home. It was as dramatic as it gets, just the second Series-clinching walk-off HR in history. And it gets more sepia-toned with each passing year.
I thought this was going to be the season where the Jays returned to not necessarily a division flag, or even a playoff spot, but something equally elusive for this franchise in recent years: September prominence. They're not there, and until they get back there, the generation that's been growing up since Carter's Series-winning HR has almost no idea what that kind of month is like day to day. There's nothing in a sports fan's experience quite like a pennant race.
This year, anyway, Detroit is the closest to Canada the World Series has been since Carter hit the biggest home run of his career.
Some links: Tom Cheek's radio call of Carter's home run (QT); Retrosheet's Game 6 boxscore and play-by-play; Steve Rushin of Sports Illustrated's report; ESPN ranks it No. 5 on its playoff performance list; Canada's top-grossing movie for the week ended Oct. 22/1993.