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  • Bill Chastain

TOYS AND GAMES: They’re Loving Baseball in Toronto Again

Nice to see that the fans have returned to the Blue Jays games. I haven’t seen this much excitement about the team since the 1993 World Series. They had a packed house for each their three games over the weekend. They were raucous and towel waving during the Blue Jays’ sweep of the Rays.

Speaking of the 1993 World Series, that’s the one that ended when Joe Carter hit a walk-off home run to left field off Mitch Williams to win Game 6 and win the Series. Back then I worked for The Tampa Tribune, and since the city I worked in did not have a professional baseball team, my seat assignment was in the auxiliary press box set up in left field. Thus, when Carter connected, I felt like I was going to be on the receiving end of a 3-iron shot. Just prior to the ball reaching where I sat it dipped to my right and just below where I sat. Sky Dome (which is now Rogers Centre) exploded accordingly while I bled from my fingers trying to write something legible and meet my deadline. Of course, hockey is still king in Toronto. While I watched college football at “Shoeless Joe’s” Saturday night, patrons at the bar began singing “The Hockey Song” — “The good old hockey game is the best game you can name, and the best game you can name is the good old hockey game…”

It’s all about putting the biscuit in the basket, eh?