It’s been 22 years since the Blue Jays last saw the postseason, a streak matched by no one else in any of the “Big 4” (NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB).
For the lives of many younger Jays fans, the playoffs were merely a fantasy. Every year, Toronto would show flashes of brilliance, but it was never long before the team started losing.
Slowly, the ball caps on the side walk would be replaced with Maple Leafs toques. October would come and go, and yet another AL East title was won by someone else, and Toronto fans would try to be re-invigorated by the thought that the Maple Leafs would somehow solve Toronto’s woes.
First, it was the NBA‘s Toronto Raptors who stormed into the playoffs, lead by the now-famous, “F**k Brooklyn” mantra. But the Raptors failed to make it out of the first round.
First, it was the acquisition of Troy Tulowitzki. Then it was David Price. Having already acquired Josh Donaldson in the off-season, the Jays suddenly had one of the best teams in baseball. Everything started to “#ComeTOgether”.
“Gamer, man. Trooper. Ready every day. He’s a guy that came from college to being the closer for a World Series team.”
– Dioner Navarro, on David Price
As we’ve learned this year, if any team in baseball can do it, it’s the Blue Jays.