No kid grows up playing baseball the same. There are different positions to play, different favourite players and teams, and different skills or strengths each player has. But there is a commonality between young baseball players – a dream, of hitting a homerun, in the bottom of the 9th inning, to win the World Series. Take a look at the picture above, whether it was in the backyard or on the practice field, each baseball player you’ll meet has jumped for joy like that as if they just achieved their dream of hitting that monumental homerun.
About this moment: In 1993 the Toronto Blue Jays played the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series. In game 6 of the best-of-7 series taking place in Toronto, Joe Carter made baseball history. This photo was taken after he hit the game winning homerun – against one of the best relief pitchers in baseball Mitch Williams – to give the Blue Jays their second World Series title.
Why it’s memorable: A total of 112 World Series have been played, only two have been won with a series ending homerun. The first happened in 1960 when Bill Mazeroski of the Pittsburgh Pirates hit his. But it’s too simple to say that the rarity of the event makes it memorable. To realize its true impact, you have to make note that the World Series championship did not just go to the city of Toronto, it was for all of Canada. The Blue Jays have always been Canada’s baseball team and Joe Carter cemented that idea and brought a nation together. This stands above all as Canada’s most significant sports moment.
Baseball has long been called ‘America’s past time’. But with this homerun, it was Canada’s.
Being a kid who grew up playing baseball in Toronto, when I think of Joe Carter, I think of a hero. I’ve seen that video countless times, I still get shivers, I still see Joe Carter as a hero. This makes me proud to be a life long fan of the Toronto Blue Jays, and more than that, it makes me proud to be Canadian.