With the season come and gone we count down the top ten moments from what was an **ahem** interesting 2019 Toronto Blue Jays season.
Season number 42 of Toronto Blue Jays baseball feels like one whose narrative will be determined in the coming few years, even though the ground seems to be laid with the season coming to an end.
Will 2019 be regarded as the Blue Jays’ launching point into greatness or simply a season of sub-optimal baseball and false hope?
That issue, of course, is yet to be resolved, and with the Jays’ number in the win column guaranteed to start with a six, it’d be really easy to get down on this team. So let’s brighten up the mood, shall we?
Here are the top 10 moments of this past season.
10. Getting no-hit by Justin Verlander
Houston Astros at Blue Jays – September 1, 2019
Woah woah woah, what happened to brightening the mood!? Relax, we’ll get there. For now, I want to talk about an absolute masterclass put on by one of the greatest pitchers to ever toe the rubber.
Sept. 1, 2019, in Toronto, had a weird vibe from the get-go. It was cloudy, grey, sleepy, dull. You could be forgiven if you just didn’t feel like waking up. It’s clear that the Blue Jays sure didn’t.
While both hitting corps were dozing, Justin Verlander was wide awake, striking out 14 whilst only walking one on his way to his third career no-hitter. To add the cherry on top, a Canadian produced the only two runs of the game.
With the score tied at 0-0 in the top of the ninth, Abraham Toro of Longueuil, Quebec socked a Ken Giles offering into the Blue Jays bullpen in left field, giving Verlander the opportunity to close it out in the bottom of the ninth. Bo Bichette put up a fight in the final at-bat of the game, working the count full before grounding out to Toro who threw to former Blue Jay Aledmys Diaz to complete out number 27 of 27. A complete game, no-hit, shutout for Justin Verlander on Canadian soil.