20th Anniversary of ‘Touch ‘Em All Joe’

Today, October 23rd 2013, is the 20th anniversary of the most important homerun in Toronto Blue Jays history:  Joe Carter’s walk-off homerun to win the 1993 World Series for the Toronto Blue Jays.  This also happens to be the day when 2013 edition of the World Series starts.

On October 23rd 1993, the Blue Jays were playing in game 6 of the World Series.  The Blue Jays held a 3 to 2 over the Philadelphia Phillies and could win the World Series that night.  The Blue Jays took an early 5-1 lead before giving up 5 unanswered runs to trail 6-5.

The Blue Jays loaded the bases with two out in the bottom of the 8th inning, only for catcher Pat Borders to pop up for the final out.  In the bottom of the 9th, the Phillies brought in their closed Mitch Williams.  Ricky Henderson walked to open the inning, with Devon White popping out.  Paul Molitar followed with a single.  This brought up Joe Carter.  After seeing the pitch go to 2-2, he took the next pitch and hit the ball into left field to give the Blue Jays the 8-6 win, and their second straight World Series.

This homerun is recognizably the most famous at-bat in the history of the Blue Jays and will always be remembered.  So, let’s celebrate the past and look forward to the next season and the hope that the Blue Jays will relive some great postseason success.

And thank you again, Joe Carter!

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