Since Canada’s team made the post-season in 2015 for the first time since ’93, the Blue Jays have been a hot topic Canada-wide. If you’re a Jay’s fan–and even if you’re not–you’ve probably heard that the last time we made the post-season was also the last time we won the World Series (we took them back-to-back in ’92 and ’93). That victory was the work of one Joe Carter who hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to win the sixth and final game of the series. You may be familiar with Tom Cheek’s iconic exclamation when Carter hit that HR: ‘Touch ’em all, Joe. You’ll never hit a bigger home run in your life!’
Something newer fans might not know is that the home run to beat all home runs came really close to never happening. In fact, Carter nearly wasn’t on the team at all that year. He reminded audiences in an interview with Your Morning that he had actually been fielding contract offers from other teams between the 1992 and 1993 seasons. Kansas City had made him a great offer, but he was ‘waiting on a sign from the Lord,’ to tell him if he should take it or not. The answer came to him in a dream.
‘I’m walking to the stadium with Devon White, dribbling a basketball, because I love basketball,’ he said, ‘And the stadium was completely dark and when I got to the stadium the lights came on and they said, ‘Welcome to the Sky Dome.”
‘When I woke up the next morning,’ he continued, ‘I looked in my backyard and there were blue jays everywhere in the backyard. And when I saw that message I said, ‘I’m signing with Toronto,’ just like that.’
Crazy, right? Divine intervention maybe? Either way, we’re really glad that Carter chose to stay with Toronto. Now can somebody go dump a bunch of blue jays in Josh Donaldson’s yard so he resigns with us when his contract expires at the end of 2017?