It's been 19 seasons since the Toronto Blue Jays last made it to the post-season. In 1993, they capped a run of 11 straight seasons of finishing above .500 by winning their second straight World Series, taking out Philadelphia in Game 6 on that incredible walk-off home run by Joe Carter off Mitch Williams.
I thought you might like a little "flashback" look at some of the other highlights of 1993. William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton became the 42nd President of the United States. Czechoslovakia split into two distinct nations, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls dominated the sports headlines. Though Charles Barkley won the MVP award in the NBA, Jordan's Bulls beat the Suns in the final to complete their three-peat. Shortly after, following the death of his father, Jordan retired and went on to pursue a career in baseball in the White Sox organization. Less than 18 months later, he returned to the NBA.
The Montreal Canadiens became the last Canadian franchise to win the Stanley Cup, beating the LA Kings in five games. And it was the 100th anniversary years of the first time the Cup was presented in 1893. Wayne Gretzky and the Kings knocked out the Maple Leafs in a gut-wrenching semi-final that robbed fans of a chance to see the Leafs play Montreal in the final for the first time since 1967, the last time the Leafs won the Cup.
The Buffalo Bills lost the Super Bowl for the third year in a row, a 52 -17 blowout at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys at the Rose Bowl in Pasedena, California. The Bills would lose to the Cowboys again the next season as well.
Barry Bonds was the National League MVP with Frank Thomas taking the honours in the American League.
The great wrestler and sometimes actor, "Andre the Giant" passed away.
The top three TV shows were Tim Allen's Home Improvement, 60 Minutes and Seinfeld. It was also the year of the final episode of Cheers.
The top album of the year was "Are You Gonna Go My Way" by Lenny Kravitz, one of the few performers to have appeared at the Super Bowl and the Grey Cup.
The top album at the Grammy's was The Body Guard Original Sound Track by Whitney Houston.
The tune 'Rhythm is a Dancer' by Snap topped the Billboard Top 10 for the year. But at #10, it was the novelty hit that we heard maybe a million times in Philadelphia during the World Series, "Whoomp (There it is)" by Tag Team.
1993 was effectively the end of an era in Blue Jays baseball. Considering all the off-season moves, 2013 could mark the beginning of a new one.
Class of 2013
At 2pm et on Wednesday, we'll get the official word on the inductees for the Baseball Hall of Fame for 2013. There are 37 candidates, including 21 first-timers. Having seen them all, I would say 16 have absolutely no chance of going to Cooperstown. There are 21 you could at least make a reasonable argument for and there are a handful who would be locks if it weren't for steroid allegations or innuendo.
One of the most interesting things about this ballot is, there are 10 players on it with connections to either the Blue Jays or the Montreal Expos.
The seven Jays are Jack Morris, Fred McGriff, Roger Clemens, David Wells, Shawn Green, Woody Williams and Royce Clayton.
The three Expos, are all outfielders in Rondell White, Larry Walker, and Tim Raines. Of those 10, four are Hall of Famers in my book: Morris, Clemens, Walker and Raines and you could make an argument for McGriff and maybe Wells.
Truthfully though, I believe the vote is going to be so divided this year over the steroid issue, Jack Morris may be the only one to get in. Craig Biggio and Alan Trammell might have a shot as well.