Blue Jays Partying Like It’s 1993
By Cheval John
The Toronto Blue Jays have found themselves in a similar position against the Kansas City Royals.
Toronto lost the first two games in the American League Championship Series’ best of seven matchups in Kansas City.
They are trailing the Royals 2-1 and are trying to tie the series today.
So far, they are losing 12-2 with the matchup in the bottom of the eighth inning.
If you are a casual baseball fan who are into post-season baseball, you might believe that Toronto have no chance of tying the series.
If you are a Blue Jay fan, you believe that Toronto can pull off a comeback to win the series and advance to the World Series.
Who can blame the fans of Toronto for feeling optimistic about winning the series.
The Blue Jays faced a similar situation in the American League Divisional Series best of five matchup against the Texas Rangers.
Toronto lost the first two games in their own stadium against the Rangers.
They had the most difficult task of going to the Dallas-Ft.Worth area facing elimination to win two consecutive games to bring the crucial game 5 back to their city.
Not only did they survive elimination twice, they thrived in both of those matchups with 5-1 and 8-4 victories, respectively.
That set up the crucial Game 5 in Toronto.
The atmosphere in Toronto was electric because it was the first time they were in the post-season since 1993 when they won the World Series.
Texas had taken a 3-2 lead in one of the strangest plays in post-season history.
With a runner on third base, the catcher was trying to throw back the baseball to the pitcher after and it hit Shin-Soo Choo’s bat and went into fair territory.
That became a live baseball and allowed the runner to score.
Though the umpires first ruled the baseball dead, they look at the replay and saw that the baseball was fair play and they overturned the first call to upheld the lead at 3-2.
The Blue Jays could have complained about the misfortune of that baseball play and give up.
However, they knew that they had the opportunity to take the lead and win.
The Blue Jays chipped away and was able to tie the game at 3 courtesy of three errors.
Then Jose Bautista delivered a 3-run moonshot to give them a 6-3 lead and cause the fans at Rogers Centre to erupt.
The moonshot from Bautista completed the most epic comeback that allowed the Blue Jays to be in this series against the Royals.
What we can learn from the Blue Jays is it is never over until it is over.
You might feel down and out because you did not get that dream work whether with a public relations firm or got rejected from the dream university.
Just because you feel down about the rejection from the dream work or university does not mean that it is the end of the world.
In the same way like the Toronto Blue Jays, you must keep the faith and believe that everything will work for the better.
When you have that positive believe and put in the hard work and be patient, the doors will open for you to succeed for the better.
In the same way that the Blue Jays fans erupted for joy after the moonshot by Bautista, your true fans will explode with applause when they see you succeed.