The famous call of Hall of Fame Blue Jays radio voice Tom Cheek and the call of CBS' Sean McDonough.
By Mike Harrington
BOSTON -- Weren't we supposed to be in the Rogers Centre tonight? That was the talk all winter. The Toronto Blue Jays were finally going to become relevant again, just as they joined up with the Bisons on a new affiliation.
Remember that lengthy cover story in March to our MLB preview section with the incredible cartoon on the cover? I went to Jays spring training in Florida and optimism was everywhere, even so much as R.A. Dickey telling me, "It’s great to have depth throughout the organization. I can guarantee you we’re not going to win a World Series without being able to call Buffalo and have people from Triple-A able to help. It just doesn’t work. They’re going to be vital to our chances this year."
It all went awry, of course. The Blue Jays finished last in the AL East when many people picked them to win it. The Red Sox finished first when many people picked them to finish last. They're hosting Game One of the World Series tonight at Fenway against the Cardinals.
So the Jays' drought continues. And it dates to 20 years ago tonight -- Oct. 23, 1993 -- when Joe Carter hit just the second walkoff home run to end a Series in the history of the Fall Classic to beat Mitch Williams and the Phillies in Game Six at the then-Skydome. The Jays haven't played a single postseason inning since.
Carter nearly left Toronto in free agency after the '92 title and returned home to play for the Royals, as this Kansas City Star column reprinted in today's Toronto Star reveals. Wow. Never heard that story.
Gregor Chisolm of MLB.com has this retrospective with Carter.
Sportsnet has a great collection of memories from lots of the folks involved.
Scott MacArthur of TSN was in the stands that night as a 14-year-old and provided his personal memories. I will remind him when I see him here tonight that he should have kept his braces on.
And what about Williams, the Phillies' "Wild Thing?" He answered wave after wave of questions that night and our own Jerry Sullivan gave us his tale in this look from the archives
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