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HALL OF FAMEon November 30, 2003
The David and Goliath roles in the 1993 World Series were obvious to everyone. The Toronto Blue Jays were the defending World Champions, back to become the first team since the 1978 New York Yankees to win two titles in a row. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Phillies had finished last the previous year, so making the World Series was something of a surprise, led by young ace Curt Shilling, wildman reliever Mitch Williams, and sparked by Mets castoff Lenny "Nails" Dykstra, who hit four World Series home runs for Jim Fregosi's club. The series MVP was Paul Molitor, who batted .500 and had 8 runs batted in during the six games.
The signature moments of this series were Game 4, the longest game in World Series history at four hours and fourteen minutes, won by the Blue Jays 15-14, which also made it the highest-scoring game in postseason history. At the end of three innings it was 7-6 Toronto, with both starters gone, but by the end of seven Philadelphia was up 14-9. Then the Blue Jays shelled two Phillies relievers for 6 runs. Of course the next game was a pitching duel won 2-0 by Schilling to stave off the end for the Phillies. In Game 6 Joe Carter hit the Series-winning home run on a 2-2 pitch off of the Williams with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, the first championship walk-off homer since Bill Mazeroski for the Pirates in 1960.
Blue Jays fans will want both the 1992 and 1993 World Series videos, and they will see that the common denominator is their team's two championships is scoring runs late in the game. Unfortunately the 1994 World Series was never played, so Cito Gaston's team never had the chance to go for the three-peat. For Phillies fans, losing a World Series they were never supposed to be in is certainly worth remembering.
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