The Toronto Blue Jays are back in the postseason and their fanbase has much to celebrate.

By Bryan Pol

While the Toronto Blue Jays enter the regular season’s final day on Sunday somewhat behind the eight ball, trailing the Kansas City Royals by one game for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, they had plenty of reason to celebrate on Wednesday, when, after a 15-2 thrashing of the Baltimore Orioles, the Jays won the American League East, their first division title in 22 years, when they last made the playoffs and won their second consecutive World Series championship over the Philadelphia Phillies behind a gargantuan, walk-off home run in Game 6 off the bat of Joe Carter.

On Saturday, the Toronto Blue Jays’ Twitter account, hashtag and all (#ComeTogether), released a hype video, getting their playoff hungry fanbase jived and ready for a postseason run two decades in the making.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos went all-in prior to the trade deadline for Toronto, acquiring superstar shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, ace and Cy Young hopeful David Price, and speedster Ben Revere, all of whom helped the Jays shed a 7 1/2 deficit in the division to overcome the New York Yankees and overtake the AL East.


In supplementing moves that already made the Jays competitive, from trading for AL MVP favorite Josh Donaldson to acquiring catcher Russell Martin in the offseason, Anthopoulos has put Toronto on the fast track toward not only making the playoffs, but also winning it all:  teams with gargantuan run differentials such as Toronto’s (+230) tend to go on and win the World Series. In Toronto, they are hoping they can celebrate like it’s 1993 all over again.

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I am an English teacher, music and film aficionado, husband, father of two delightful boys, writer, sports fanatic, former Long Islander, and follower of Christ. Based on my Long Island upbringing, I was groomed as a Yankees, Giants, Rangers, and Knicks fan, and picked up Duke basketball, Notre Dame football, and Tottenham Hotspur football fandom along the way.