Toronto Blue Jays: Five great games from the past five seasons

Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays watches after he he hits a three-run home run in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers in game five of the American League Division Series at Rogers Centre. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

1. The Bat Flip – Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS

Texas Rangers at Blue Jays – Oct. 14, 2015

Because of one swing in October, two teams with no previous history became forever linked.

Because of one swing in October, punches were thrown in May. Because of one swing in October, a rivalry was born. Indeed, Jose Bautista’s go-ahead, three-run homer off of Sam Dyson to complete the Blue Jays’ series comeback from 2-0 down is the defining baseball memory for a generation of Canadians.

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The inning that this iconic moment occurred in did not start positively for the Jays, however. A Russell Martin throw back to the pitcher caromed off of Shin-soo Choo’s hand, allowing Rougned Odor to sprint home from third to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead.

A raucous, crowd at Rogers Centre could not comprehend this bizarre turn of events and began hurling projectiles onto the field. When the Blue Jays came to the plate, the baseball gods took mercy on Martin’s improbable mistake.

Three consecutive errors chased starter Cole Hamels and loaded the bases for Josh Donaldson. Fresh out of the pen, Sam Dyson jammed Donaldson, but the ball dropped just out of the reach of Odor. The Rangers got an out at second, but Kevin Pillar came in to score, tying the game.

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Bautista dug in, took a ball, fouled a pitch off, then launched himself into the annals of Blue Jays history forever. The call of “BAUTISTA WITH A DRIVE, DEEP LEFT FIELD, NO DOUBT ABOUT IT,” as the camera shakily gives way to the stoic slugger rounding the bases is embedded in the memories of countless Jays fans around the world.

Next. Remembering the impact of Roberto Alomar’s home run. dark

Which game was your favourite from the past five seasons? When do you think the team will get back to the playoffs? Let us know in the comments below.