Friday, May 25, 2012
Flashback Friday: The 1994 Blue Jays on Toronto High Five
By Ian Hunter
Occasionally when doing research for these Flashback Friday posts, I come across videos from the Blue Jays vault that truly capture an era from the past. And no era is more prevalent in Blue Jays history than the 90's.
For this week's Flashback Friday, we take a look back at the the 1994 Toronto Blue Jays featured on the show "Toronto High Five".
Not much is known about "Toronto High Five", but from what I gathered it was a community program that ran all across Ontario. I don't really remember it, but then again I was eight years old at the time and was too busy watching Jr. Jays Magazine on YTV.
It seems like the Blue Jays gave these guys a press pass for the day, and Toronto High Five proceeded to talk to the Toronto Blue Jays during their Spring Training. You can watch the video in full above, or the specific player interviews below.
I'll admit, I laughed out loud when I saw the quintessential 90's TV effects combined with Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch's "Good Vibrations" to start off the Paul Molitor interview. Feel it, feel it!
Even though the 1994 season was strike-shortened, Ed Sprague alludes to the expanded playoff format. 1994 would've been the first season to institute the Wild Card, potentially hurting the Blue Jays chances of a three-peat.
If you thought the Blue Jays have a log jam at the catching position with J.P. Arencibia and Travis d'Arnaud, just think back to 1994. The Blue Jays had Pat Borders, Randy Knorr and Carlos Delgado all at one position.
I'll give this guy credit for having the stones to ask Randy Knorr if he thinks he'll be traded, and if Borders was traded, how he felt about platooning with Carlos Delgado.
Here's a very rare look at a young fresh-faced 22 year old Carlos Delgado. I can't think if anything cooler than watching Delgado taking CP wearing his cap backwards.