TSG Presents: Great World Series Moments!
But that’s not the World Series I’ll be talking about today. The very next year in 1993, the Blue Jays made it back to the Fall Classic to defend their title. Let’s fast forward to Game 6 with the Blue Jays up 3 games to 2.
The Phillies were up 6-5 in the bottom of the 9th and called on closer, Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams to shut down the game and move the series to a seventh and deciding game. Williams started the inning off by walking future Hall of Famer, Rickey Henderson. Following that, Devon White flied out and Paul Molitor came to the plate. To counter the speed of the greatest base-stealer ever to play the game, Williams moved to a slide step which may have caused a dip in his velocity. Eventual MVP Molitor singled moving Henderson to second. So with 1 out and 2 runners on, down 1 run, Joe Carter came up to the plate.
The count made it’s way to 2-2 when Carter homered to win the game and the series, marking the first walk off homerun in World Series history to end a series when the winning team was down.
Unfortunately, Philly fans are diehard and poor Mitch Williams received death threats and other not nice letters from fans after giving up that homerun but, luckily for Mitch, the Phillies would eventually win a World Series of their own. That happened last year in 2008.
What a memorable moment all around…