The Most Inspirational Moments of 2015
By Cheval John
Two sports moments stood out to me in 2015 that inspired us to keep on pushing towards achieving our dreams for the better.
The two sports moments that I am chatting about is the Toronto Blue Jays comeback win against the Texas Rangers in the American League Divisional Series and Holly Holm’s shocking win against Rhonda Rousey.
THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS
The Toronto Blue Jays was facing an 0-2 deficit after losing the first two matchups against the Texas Rangers in their home city.
The Rangers had everything going for them because they take away the Blue Jays’ home field advantage with an opportunity to return back to the American League Championship series for the first time since 2011 on their second consecutive run to the World Series.
It is rare for team who have been down 0-2 in a best of five playoff series come back and win the series.
Toronto was looking to pull off three consecutive wins against the Rangers and join the 2012’s San Francisco Giants, who came from behind to win their divisional series and later the World Series.
Not only did they accomplished the task of winning those two games in Arlington, Texas, they outplayed the Rangers 13-5 to return to Toronto in a winner takes all Game 5.
The Rangers got a huge gift in the top of the seventh inning.
With a runner on third base and the scored tied at 2, Russell Martin’s routine throw back to the pitcher hit off the bat of Shin-Shoo Choo and into fair territory that made it a live baseball and allowed the third run to score.
The gift run should have given Texas the opportunity to put Toronto out of their misery.
That was when the craziness began in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The Rangers committed three uncharacteristic errors on routine plays that loaded the bases.
After Josh Donaldson’s blooped fielder’s choice play tied the score at three, Jose Bautista came up to bat.
With a energetic crowd sensing that something great was going to happen, Bautista delivered the go-ahead three-run moonshot heard around Toronto and Canada.
Note: The home run happened around the 15:55 of this YouTube video by Major League Baseball
The Blue Jays were able to prevent a possible rally by Texas in the top of the eight inning and cruised towards an epic comeback series win.
Many did not believe that Rhonda Rousey was going to lose the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fight against Holly Holm.
Entering this matchup, Rousey was undefeated and held the championship belt in her three year reign in UFC.
Holm was a former boxer and had only fought twice in the UFC since joining their organization in 2014.
It seemed as if she was not ready for the spotlight because she had not had many fights in the UFC like Rousy.
And only once that Rousey went past the first round in a UFC fight before the matchup with Ms. Holm.
Holm took Rousey past the first round and did the impossible when she landed a left kick to Rousey’s face and pinned her to the ground.
Short video courtesy of Dreist Studio
The win by Holm sent shockwaves around the world.
And what is even more impressive about Ms. Holm is that she has remained humble despite the sudden fame.
So there you have it, the two sports moments that stood out in 2015.
If you are searching for inspiration when you think that you will not achieve your dreams for the better, look at these two sports moments of 2015.
Because if the Toronto Blue Jays and Holly Holm can overcome the odds to be successful for the better, then anyone can follow their lead in achieving success that will make a positive impact on the world.