Posted by: Jeremy | October 12, 2009

Thanksgiving memories, courtesy of Roberto Alomar


Alomar, giving me a reason to be thankful in 1992

Alomar, giving me a reason to be thankful in 1992

Thanksgiving Day in the States in synonomous with football. In Canada, it is with baseball. Well, at least it was in the time when the phenomenon of “playoff baseball” existed in Canada. That said, I’ll never forget Thanksgiving 1992.

I was a week short of turning nine on October 11, 1992, but had already matured into a quite the little baseball-minded boy (and because of that, I’m thankful for being born into a family full of males that embraced sports). Anyway, the Jays were in Oakland that day, holding a 2-1 ALCS lead over the A’s with a Game 4 date starting at one. No problem getting this one in before Thanksgiving dinner, you’d figure?

After six innings, things looked bleak. The Jays trailed 6-1 and were en route to putting quite the damper on turkey dinnner, even if my grandma couldn’t have cared less. Then, cue the comeback: Three runs in the eighth to cut the lead to two and a Devon White single to lead off the ninth, bringing Roberto Alomar — the greatest man to ever done a Jays uniform, and at the time, my idol — to the plate. If you’re a Jays fan, you know what happened next: Alomar ripped a game-tying, two-run blast to right off Dennis Eckersley to tie things and set up extra innings. Around this time, however, dinner was approaching and my grandma wasn’t about to put it off. I was furious.

For the only time in family history, we ate Thanksgiving dinner with the radio on. Fortunately, nothing big happened while we raced through the meal and we were back in front of the TV for Pat Borders’ go-ahead sac fly in the 11th, sealing a 7-6 Toronto win. A truly glorious day, even if my grandma wasn’t impressed.

Happy Thanksgiving, Canada!

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  2. […] Thanksgiving memories, courtesy of Roberto Alomar Alomar, giving me a reason to be thankful in 1992 Thanksgiving Day in the States in synonomous with football. In Canada, it is with baseball. Well, at least it was in the time when the phenomenon of “playoff baseball” existed in Canada. That said, I’ll never forget Thanksgiving 1992. I was a week short of turning nine on October 11, 1992, but had already matured into a quite the little baseball-minded boy (and because of that, I’m thankful for being born into a family full of males that emb […]

  3. […] Thanksgiving memories, courtesy of Roberto Alomar Alomar, giving me a reason to be thankful in 1992 Thanksgiving Day in the States in synonomous with football. In Canada, it is with baseball. Well, at least it was in the time when the phenomenon of “playoff baseball” existed in Canada. That said, I’ll never forget Thanksgiving 1992. I was a week short of turning nine on October 11, 1992, but had already matured into a quite the little baseball-minded boy (and because of that, I’m thankful for being born into a family full of males that emb […]


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