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Roberto Alomar’s Home Run, 19 Years Later

On this day 19 years ago, Roberto Alomar hits arguably the biggest home run in Blue Jays franchise history. His home run off Dennis Eckersley helped tie the game at 6-6, and subsequently the Blue Jays went on to win Game 4 of the ALCS.

The Blue Jays would go on to win the ALCS over the Oakland Athletics, and take the World Series trophy over the Atlanta Braves.

People say that Joe Carter’s home run was the biggest home run in franchise history, but without Robbie’s home run off Dennis Eckersley, the Blue Jays might not have gotten there in the first place.

21 Years Ago: the Trade That Changed the Franchise

21 years ago today, Pat Gillick pulled the trigger on a trade that would shake the foundation of the Toronto Blue Jays franchise. He sent Tony Fernandez and Fred McGriff to the San Diego Padres for Roberto Alomar and Joe Carter.

The trade immediately paid dividends for the Blue Jays as they posted back-to-back World Series wins in 1992 and 1993. So on the surface, it seemed like a slam dunk trade for the Toronto Blue Jays.

But in the end, who ended up winning the trade; was it the Blue Jays or the Padres? Toronto enjoyed career years from Alomar and Carter, but the Padres also received very productive seasons from Fred McGriff before they traded him to the Atlanta Braves.

MLB Trade Trees went through the painstaking process of tracking all the players involved in the Alomar/Carter and Fernandez/McGriff deal, and here is the subsequent trade tree below:

Just for the fun of it, I went in and totaled up the career WAR’s of all the players involved to see who “won” the trade, the Blue Jays or the Padres. Not surprisingly, Toronto took it by a landslide.

Toronto Blue Jays Sports Illustrated Covers

Ever wondered how many Toronto Blue Jays players have been on the cover of Sports Illustrated? Well now you can impress your friends when you rattle off all the Blue Jays that have graced the cover of SI.

1.) Dave Stieb (with Andre Dawson): July 18, 1983

2.) Lloyd Moseby: October 5, 1987

3.) Dave Winfield: October 10, 1992

4.) Roberto Alomar: October 26, 1992

5.) Team Photo: November 2, 1992

6.) Joe Carter: 1993

7.) David Wells: July 10, 200

8.) Reed Johnson, Vernon Wells, Frank Catalanotto, Tom Verducci (March 15, 2006)

Roberto Alomar chatting up the staff at the Skydome Hotel - his place of residence for several years.
Thanks to @SI_Vault for the find!

Roberto Alomar chatting up the staff at the Skydome Hotel - his place of residence for several years.

Thanks to @SI_Vault for the find!

I don’t know what’s cooler - the fact that one of her middle names is Alomar, or that her last name is Lasagna.
Courtesy of @RebeccaLasagna

I don’t know what’s cooler - the fact that one of her middle names is Alomar, or that her last name is Lasagna.

Courtesy of @RebeccaLasagna

Animated GIF: Roberto Alomar’s Tomahawk Chop

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And Roberto Alomar does his version of the Tomahawk Chop following the walk-off hit in Game 3 of the 1992 World Series.

badtouchbaseball:

“Red Bull? Never heard of it. Nope, give me old-fashioned cocaine.”

I think this might be the best baseball card I’ve ever seen.

badtouchbaseball:

“Red Bull? Never heard of it. Nope, give me old-fashioned cocaine.”

I think this might be the best baseball card I’ve ever seen.

Nobody pulls off the headband like Robbie Alomar.
Courtesy of Pinterest

Nobody pulls off the headband like Robbie Alomar.

Courtesy of Pinterest

Zack Morris, eat your heart out.

Zack Morris, eat your heart out.