Back on that October night in 1993 when Joe Carter launched his home run off Mitch Williams that won the World Series, Toronto was on top of the baseball world.
The Blue Jays were back-to-back champions, selling out every game at a rollicking SkyDome, with its first-of-a-kind moving roof. The first team to draw 4 million fans in a season, Toronto hosted the 1991 All-Star game, beat the Braves in the 1992 World Series, then followed up with a dramatic win over Philadelphia. They had the highest payroll in the game and a lineup loaded with talent.
''The fans were so behind us it was incredible,'' recalled bullpen coach Pat Hentgen, who pitched for both championship teams. ''That `93 team, we had a heck of a deep pitching staff. We had two-way players. We had guys that could play defense and run the bases and hit.''
Two decades later, after a long time out of the limelight, Toronto is fielding a team that could recapture those glory days, and put the ...