There may have only been around 17,000 fans at the Rogers Centre to witness it, but tonight's 5-4 walk-off win over the Tigers didn't even need the beer to make it exciting. Scheduling conflicts with the Leafs and Raptors made it difficult to watch/listen to the game, but it was totally worth it.
For a while I was having flashbacks of that 1-0 loss on August 27th, 2008 to the Tampa Bay Rays where the Jays couldn't even put one run on the board while David Purcey posted Halladay-like numbers. I even had a blog title post ready for the post-game wrapup - "Poor, Poor Purcey". But then something miraculous happened; the lineup finally decided it might be a good idea to but some runs on the board.
First it was Scott Rolen with a solo shot. Then Aaron Hill flipped the script with his 3-run homerun, and the Jays were poised to win the game. I'll be honest, I screamed like a little girl at a Jonas Brothers concert when Hill went yard. But then after I heard B.J. Ryan was coming in to close it out, I got nervous. Although there were a few hiccups, miraculously the offense came through in the bottom of the 9th for the win. Last year, the Jays didn't get their first walk-off win until July 8th. But this season, the Blue Jays only had to wait until the second game of the season to celebrate in dramatic fashion.
2-0. That's definitely a good start!