Now that we’re officially into 2016, I guess the time for reflecting on 2015 is over… Or is it? I mean, for fans of the Toronto Blue Jays, 2015 was the best year in a couple decades. There has already been plenty of reflection done, but as far as I’m concerned, there can never be too much.
I remember on day, leading up to the commencement of the 2015 MLB season, where I was laying on the couch and a TV special of the Top 100 Plays of the 2014 season came on. At that point, I knew who Josh Donaldson was, but I hadn’t seen him play a whole lot. Throughout that special, there were probably at least 10 plays that Donaldson was involved in. TEN of the top hundred. From that, I thought “Damn, this new guy the Jays picked up seems promising.”
Of course, little did I know then that he would be crowned American League MVP by season’s end.
With Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista already in the lineup, Donaldson’s acquisition created one of the most fearsome trios in all of baseball. The meat of the Jays’ batting order left no place for pitchers to hide, and those three combined for more than half of all the Jays’ 232 regular-season home runs.
— Scott Cullen (@tsnscottcullen) August 27, 2015
Of the 120 dingers the Jays’ big three socked in 2015, 41 of them belonged to The Bringer of Rain – a career best. Here are all of them, in order:
Edwin Encarnacion has a tradition for every time he hits a home run now. You’ve probably seen it – where he walks his parrot around the bases on his arm. It’s called the “EdWing,” and if you’re curious how it started, you can find out HERE.
Double-E broke out the “EdWing” 39 times during the regular season – so if you’re still not sure what I’m talking about, you will be after watching all of ’em in order.
Isn’t his swing pretty? So much power. I mean, check out #4 where he absolutely crushes the ball into the empty 500-level at Rogers Centre. It’s also hilarious seeing how empty the ol’ SkyDome was at the start of the season compared to how it was filled to capacity toward the end.
So, there’s 80 of the 120 homers accounted for. The other 40 belong to Joey Bats. As of right now, the creator of these two videos has NOT done one for Jose Bautista’s homers yet… But I’ll be patiently awaiting it.
Until that happens, just relive the glory of what may very well go down as the biggest home run of Bautista’s career:
Ahh, so satisfying watching Rangers pitcher Sam Dyson getting rocked like that, especially now knowing his antics after the fact.
I will openly admit this – One day a few weeks back, I was laying in bed, procrastinating a little bit. I grabbed my iPad and fired up YouTube on it, and watched back the whole second half of the 7th inning from that game. The first time I saw it, I was in a noisy, crowded bar in Niagara Falls, so I couldn’t really hear the commentary and had missed a few things. When I watched it back, it deepened my understanding of everything that went down. Then when that moment came, the infamous bat flip moment… Well I’d be lying if I said I didn’t shed a few tears of joy watching it again. It was quite a powerful moment – one of those things where you’ll always remember where you were when it happened. Maybe not as big in the history of the Jays as Joe Carter‘s World Series-clinching Walk Off Homer, but for a younger generation of Jays fans, this will be the one that stands out.
Things are looking good for the Jays to repeat their success (or at least to a degree) this year… But until April comes around, we’ll just have to keep ourselves busy with stuff like this.