With Game 4 of the 1992 ALCS being re-aired, it serves as a reminder of the impact Roberto Alomar’s home run had one the Toronto Blue Jays.
Let’s get one thing out of the way. Joe Carter‘s home run to win the 1993 World Series is the most iconic play in Toronto Blue Jays‘ history, but Roberto Alomar‘s homer in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series was the most important hit in team history.
Sportsnet re-aired the game between the Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics as part of their plan to help fill in the sports gap left by the COVID-19 outbreak. It was in that game where we saw Alomar keep Toronto’s hope for their first World Series title alive with a single swing of a bat.
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For years, the Blue Jays were attempting to make a serious push as a contender but would come up short on numerous occasions and it looked like they were on their way to having the same thing happen. Down 6-1 at one point in the game, Toronto was in trouble of letting a really good Athletics team get back in the series.
Dennis Eckersley played the perfect villain in that game considering the Blue Jays were attempting a comeback but things were looking tough when the A’s made the call for their AL Cy Young winner. After striking out Ed Sprague, Eckersley made sure to celebrate it like a WWE heel, it set the stage for Alomar to play the hero.
Just so you know, I was born in 1994 so I never got a chance to watch any of the Blue Jays top moments live but I watched the old VHS (yes I said VHS) tapes that my father bought to commemorate those seasons. It’s like going back to watch a big goal in overtime, it’s tough to get the same feeling if you don’t watch it as it happened.
Regardless, getting to see Alomar raise his fists as the ball shot out of the park will never get old. It’s a moment like that which helps define a player’s status, especially in Alomar’s case as the best player to play for the Blue Jays.
Hopefully, other people get to appreciate these moments when you consider that most happened decades ago. Thankfully, they are never gone from memory.
What do you remember about Alomar’s home run? Where does it rank among the top moments in franchise history? Let us know in the comments below.