The President's Blog

Flashback to 1993

October 19th, 2015

I admit it.  Like many others, I have been struck by the Blue Jay fever that is sweeping the country. If you are a sports fan, you can’t help but be captivated by what the Jays have done since the July All-Star break. I have watched many games and enjoyed the athleticism and competitive nature of the team. We may not experience something like this for quite some time as it has been 22 years since the last Blue Jays’ last championship season. So we have to enjoy this run.

I know many can remember the deciding game of the 1993 World Series when Joe Carter hit the walk-off home run to clinch the series.  But I don’t know that there will ever be a moment in Blue Jays’ history that can surpass the 1993 series win. Many people will tell you that they can remember watching the game and seeing the home run.  My story is a bit different.  I can remember hearing the moment.  I was helping with harvest on the family farm.  It must have been a late harvest since that fateful game was played on October 23, 1993. I was driving the combine and listening to the game on the radio. The late Tom Cheek was one of the best to ever broadcast baseball and he was able to describe the moment and events vividly.

Jump ahead to the 2015 American League Division Series and last Wednesday’s instantly memorable Game 5. Once again I got to enjoy the game on the radio as I was driving up to Saskatoon to attend some meetings. It was quite a game to follow.  I don’t believe I ever had a trip to Saskatoon go by so quickly. There is something pure and natural about listening to baseball on the radio.  No HD, no satellite, no rewind – just excellent commentary and play-by-play on good old AM radio. I couldn’t help but let my mind wander back to 1993 during the radio broadcast.

Baseball helped me turn back time and brought back some great memories. Here’s hoping we can all make some more memories during the Blue Jays’ run to the World Series. Go Blue Jays!

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