Jays From the Couch takes a look back at some of the memorable moments from the first half of the Blue Jays’ 2018 season.
Here we are at the All-Star break, playing below .500 ball, perhaps a boost is needed. Baseball is beautiful, no question about it, and it’s beauty in all its crazy – and sometimes messy – glory can be something to behold. With the hopes of meaningful September baseball fading, and the trade deadline looming, maybe it’s time to focus on the beauty that is baseball instead.
Even in an up and down season, there are bright spots that will put a smile on any baseball lovers face.
One that comes to mind? Pillar’s amazing catch. It was a catch that caught the attention of the baseball world. July 1, 2018 Pillar robbed Detroit Tiger Nick Castellanos of a homerun with that display of flight.
It was May 20, 2018 that Kendrys Morales syepped to the mound and pitched a scoreless inning. Yes that happened. Reminiscent of Ryan Goins doing the same in a 74th inning a few years back, it was a nail biting, can’t look away baseball moment.
Kevin Pillar stealing home was a play most want to see happen. At least once. It’s thrilling and the breathe holding required is impressive. Pillar stealing home had the added bonus for Blue Jays fans as it was against the New York Yankees, March 31, 2018. Not only did Pillar steal home, he became the first player in franchise history to steal three bases in one inning.
Baseball, as beautiful as it is, can also be funny. Funnier in replay when you see the player walk away unscathed from a mishap. March 20, 2018 in a spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Russell Martin made a tumbling catch that was like watching an advert on unnecessary netting and accessories. It had the “hold your breathe” reaction, however that changed to laughter on replay. It was an amazing catch none the less, and a pleasure to watch.
Blue Jays fans wanted a win against the Yankees. Smoak slams the Yankees with a grand slam in the 8th inning of the April 1, 2018 game. It was glorious. The Rogers Center erupted. It was pure baseball.
The next moment is also courtesy of Justin Smoak. June 30, 2018 he hit a walk-off homerun, always considered a great baseball moment made even better when it’s a comeback. Smoak led off in the 9th inning against the Detroit Tigers, his blast ending the game with a 4-3 win.
Making his second start at third base for the Blue Jays, Yangervis Solarte made that sound with his bat that all baseball lovers long to hear, sending a 455 foot go-ahead homerun – his fist for the Blue Jays – into the stands. The dancing that followed sealed him into the hearts of many Blue Jays fans, and continues to.
All is not lost. There are always going to be great moments to be had. Appreciating those moments for all that they are is more important than ever given the state of things. Now to find a way to string those moments into a succession of great moments strung together tightly…
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Catherine Stem is a Blue Jays fan and writer who has combined both of these great things by writing for Jays From the Couch. Through all the ups and downs of baseball, all aspects of the game are explored. Keeping a close eye on the Blue Jays Triple A team, the Buffalo Bisons has also become part of her make-up.