Is there anything better than that? 22 years of no playoff baseball and the Jays get two unbelievably dramatic homers in back to back years.
And there was no doubt.
We have a match set now.
The more I sit here and think about it, the crazier this game becomes, the crazier this game feels.
Turns out, John Gibbons' instinct to use Marcus Stroman was a good one. Stroman was sensational.
His only spot of bother was the two run Trumbo homer. It came right after Pillar made a sensational catch on a Manny Machado fly ball with Adam Jones on second. Pillar laid out and Stroman was really excited. He then gave up the Trumbo bomb.
Stroman, as he continues to develop, should look to focus that energy down. Channel it right into Russell Martin's glove.
José Bautista, because he can't help himself, had his own dramatic homer to open the scoring. This win means there is going to be a rematch for the ALDS.
The bullpen, the poor bullpen, pitched five innings of scoreless baseball. Biagini, Cecil. Grilli and Osuna were amazing.
It became a battle of the bullpens and the two pitchers many thought would've or should've started this game ended up being the pitchers of record at the end of it. Francisco Liriano came out of the 'pen and pitched as he has for the last month: methodical, relentless badassery.
Buck Showalter made a decision that is going to be discussed for decades. It was that baffling. Before the game started, I thought to myself that the Jays had better get it going offensively before Showalter called on Zach Britton.
That never happened. Buck Showalter had the best closer in baseball this season at his disposal in a must win game and he didn't use him.
Ubaldo Jimenez, a starter who fluctuates between being amazing and terrible like no other, was used instead of Britton.
Jimenez has indeed thrown the ball very well of late- if I were Baltimore's manager, he would've started-but he is also prone to being a little erratic. A starter can often overcome a difficult inning, a reliever has no such luxury.
Jimenez gave up a single to Devon Travis, I thought ,"Oh, now Britton." I was half asleep, and started to feel a little like I was dreaming.
Jimenez gave up a base hit to Josh Donaldson and Travis goes first to third, I thought "Oh, Britton now...."
When Jimenez was left in to face Encarnación, I just couldn't believe what I was seeing. I was thrilled by the homer, but the feeling was tempered somewhat by the decision. It was disquieting. It's almost like he'd thrown the game.
I don't actually think Showalter did do that, but it'd be a hell of a way to do it.
I think Showalter will be somewhat protected by the fact that he has the cloak of "genius" that surrounds him. He's highly respected in the game, and even today, people in baseball were trying to explain it in a way to minimize how bad it looked.
It's the kind of move people on Toronto sports radio phone in shows think John Gibbons makes on the regular. He does not.
Showalter managed for a situation that didn't yet exist and failed to manage for the situation that was very real.
And it was spectacular.
That is my favourite quote of the evening, not least of all for the idea that Devon Travis calls himself "bro."