How can you not love Johnny Mac? I made brief mention of his special moment in my recap of yesterday’s Jays game, but I think it deserves some more attention: In case you missed it, Mac hit a two-run homer in an otherwise meaningless ninth inning against San Francisco yesterday (Father’s Day, as you hopefully remembered), but it was a pretty big deal to him, or anyone that has a heart, for that matter — it came five days after the death of his father, Jack, and in his first at-bat since returning to the team from bereavement.
As a baseball fan that hasn’t had much to cheer about the past 16 years, this was definitely one of the best things I’ve witnessed, and probably the coolest I’ve ever seen live in 400+ games. I can speak for a lot of people in the Jays organization when I say he’s one of the best all-around guys in baseball, and am pretty sure I wasn’t the only one with a tear in my eye when he circled the bases yesterday. Awesome stuff.
As if it didn’t stir enough emotion on the field, Johnny Mac’s homer was the talk 0f the locker room after the Jays’ 9-6 loss. For more, check out Richard Griffin’s fine piece in The Star today, and check the footage from the post-game scrum in the locker room.