Jays From the Couch brings you our favourite moments from the Toronto Blue Jays 2016 season
While many are still looking back on October with a bitter taste in their mouth, others are looking ahead an trying to speculate on what it is the Toronto Blue Jays will do to augment their club moving forward, there are those of us who are still basking in the 2016 season. It was a season unlike any in recent years. The Blue Jays made the postseason, but not in the same way they did in 2015. No, they had to fight a lot harder to continue their 2016 season.
While a lot of folks are still salty about being bounced by Cleveland in the ALCS, reminding us of the September fall from top spot in the AL East, other choose to focus on the positive. It’s the old ‘don’t cry because it’s over, be happy that it happened’ line that might save many a mental state among Blue Jays fans. The team did manage to once again capture the hearts of fans all over the country. They were 3rd in all of baseball in attendance with a total of nearly 3.4 million. TV ratings showed just as much success. Indeed, this team was building on its success from the previous season. Think about all of the blue we saw in other cities. The trip to Seattle stands out as a great memory from this season as Blue Jay fans took over Safeco Field.
The hunt for October glory led us down an emotional and bumpy road. There were plenty of highlights that are right at the forefront of our minds. Edwin Encarnacion walked off the Balitmore Orioles in the 11th inning of the Wild Card game to insert himself deeper into Blue Jays lore. Josh Donaldson put the team on his back in Game 3 of the ALDS and forced a double in the 10th inning and scoring on an error by Toronto Public Enemy Number 1, Rougned Odor. Sweeping the Rangers as payback for cheap shots was certainly a moment to remember.
Or, maybe your memories of the 2016 season rest in overall performances from the likes of Aaron Sanchez, who had a breakout season to assert himself, not only in the starting rotation, but the American League in general. Perhaps, your 2016 fondness rests in J.A. Happ and his 20 wins, or, Russell Martin‘s August return to form. Maybe Joe Biagini is more to your liking.
The staff at Jays From the Couch was asked to provide their favourite moments from the 2016 season. They sent in some very decent suggestions that might have gone forgotten in a season that was so heavily focused on making the postseason. Our favorite moments of 2016 have been compiled in a neat little slideshow:
Now that we’ve had our say, we welcome your input. The great thing about baseball is that we all interact with it individually and uniquely. A season of 162+ games is bound to provide many different memories to many different people. Please feel free to share your favorite 2016 moments in the comment section below.
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Shaun Doyle is a long time Blue Jays fan and writer! He decided to put those things together and create Jays From the Couch. Shaun is the host of Jays From the Couch Radio, which is highly ranked in iTunes, and he has appeared on TV and radio spots.