Toronto Blue Jays: 5 takeaways from Paul Molitor interview

Paul Molitor Toronto Blue Jays (Photo credit should read ROBERT GIROUX/AFP via Getty Images)
Paul Molitor Toronto Blue Jays (Photo credit should read ROBERT GIROUX/AFP via Getty Images) /
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2) The importance of momentum in baseball

Molitor was known for being a versatile player during his time in Milwaukee, playing the majority of infield positions and generally doing whatever was asked of him to help his team. This was again the case with the Blue Jays when, after playing as the DH all season, he saw time at first and third base during the playoffs.

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However, it was still with his bat where the four-time Silver Slugger made his most obvious impact during the postseason. This including the pivotal Game 4 of the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies, which the Blue Jays entered with a 2-1 lead and aiming to strengthen their position.

Game 4 was a crazy affair, which saw the Blue Jays twice come back from big deficits, including being down 14-9 entering the eighth inning. Molitor did his bit in the 15-14 win, with two RBIs and a walk in four at bats.

From his perspective, what was most important to Molitor was that Game 4 provided an invaluable lesson for a lot of people. As per Sportsnet, he said:

"“Never underestimate what one baseball game can break in terms of the tide turning and the momentum; there were several momentum shifts during that game. A lot of crooked numbers were being put up, but I do remember that last rally and kind of getting over the top … being in their ballpark, we knew it was kind of a swing game and to come out on top 15-14, that was huge for us.”"