Oct 3:OUR MOMENT
The Toronto Blue Jays just came off a tough weekend series against the Boston Red Sox (the top team in the same division). Every game was a must-win game, with at least two other teams hot on their heels for the final playoff spot. The Jays managed to win 2 of the 3 games against Boston to advance to the MLB playoffs in Back to Backyears. They will play a win-or-go-home game against the Baltimore Orioles tomorrow night. The two teams ended the season with the exact same record – 83W-73L – but since the Jays won more games against the Orioles in the regular season, they get to play the Wild Card game at home, at Toronto’s Rogers Centre. The winner of tomorrow’s game will face the Texas Rangers in the American League Divisional Series.
Oct 4: OUR MOMENT
A walk-off home run in front of a home crowd won the game. It was an instant classic. If you missed it, the Toronto Blue Jays won the Wild Card game last night against the Baltimore Orioles, 5-2. In true MLB Playoff fashion, the game went into extra innings; 11 to be exact. And then, it was Edwin Encarnación’s turn to bat and he hit a giant home run to advance the Blue Jays to the American League Divisional Series. The best-of-5 series against the Texas Rangers starts tomorrow. PS: this is a rematch of last year’s AL Divisional Series. The Blue Jays won. #OurMoment
Oct 7: OUR MOMENT (10X)
Yesterday, the Toronto Blue Jays crushed the first game in the best-of-five series against the Texas Rangers, 10-1. After winning a nail-biting Wild Card game on Tuesday, the Blue Jays moved on to the American League Division Series for a chance to play their rivals. Earlier this year, the Rangers shortstop Rougned Odor punched Blue Jay Jose Bautista, which resulted in a bench-clearing brawl and numerous suspensions. Last night, Bautista had his revenge against Texas with a 3-run home run blast in the 9th inning. Game 2 of the series starts at 1:08pm ET today. You can watch it on Sportsnet.
Oct 11: OWN OCTOBER
On to the next. The Toronto Blue Jays showed their dominance in the MLB playoffs with a sweep of the Texas Rangers, 3 games to 0. Josh “Bringer of Rain” Donaldson erupted the Rogers Centre Sunday night with a dash to home plate that earned the team the extra-inning win, 7-6. So, it’s back to back American League Championship Series for the Jays. Last year, they lost the ALCS to the Kansas City Royals 4 games to 2, and the Royals went on to win the World Series. This year, the Blue Jays will play the Cleveland Indians in a best of 7 series, in a race to the World Series. Game 1 of the ALCS will be played in Cleveland on Friday. You can watch it starting at 8:08pm ET on Sportsnet.
Oct 18: OUR MOMENT
Last night, the Toronto Blue Jays played against the Cleveland Indians in Game 3 of the ALCS. Cleveland stole the game 4-2, even though their pitcher was bleeding like a faucet, and are now one step closer to moving on to the World Series. They’ve taken a demanding 3-0 lead in a best-of-7 series, so the Blue Jays must win or go home tonight. The last team to come back from a 3-0 deficit was the Boston Red Sox in 2004, so although the odds aren’t good, it’s not impossible. Today’s game starts at 4:04pm ET on Sportsnet. Meanwhile, on the National League side, the Chicago Cubs and LA Dodgers are tied 1 game a piece and play tonight at 8:08pm ET.
Oct 19: THE MOMENT LIVES ON
The boys in blue finally made a mark on the scoreboard. After falling 3 games to none in a best-of-7 series against the Cleveland Indians, the Blue Jays avoided elimination and won their first game of the ALCS, 5-1. The Blue Jays can breathe a sigh of relief but probably won’t be able to sleep tight tonight. They still need to win another 3 games in a row to beat Cleveland to the World Series. Game five starts today at 4:08pm ET on Sportsnet.
Oct 24: THE STAGE HAS BEEN SET
The Chicago Cubs will face the Cleveland Indians in the World Series. Two things to watch out for: 1) LeBron James and the Cleveland NBA team eliminated the Toronto Raptors in the semi-final series last season – almost the exact same spot where the Toronto Blue Jays got eliminated. Cleveland went on to win the NBA championships and the city is pretty excited about the potential for another win. 2) The Chicago Cubs have been planning their World Series parade since… 1908. They’re going to try to break a 108-year curse and attempt to make Cleveland sports franchises spread the championship love.
Oct 28: THEN THERE WERE TWO
Canadian sports teams are on fire this year. Coming off a playoff run by the Toronto Raptors and the Toronto Blue Jays, the Montreal Impact are joining the Toronto FC in the second round of the MLS Playoffs. The Impact won their wild card game last night against DC United, 4-2. Impact striker, Matteo Mancosu, lead the team with two dazzling goals. Two Canadian teams, Montreal Impact and Toronto FC will now invade New York in the next round of play. Toronto FC will face New York City FC, and Montreal Impact will square up against #1 seeded New York Red Bulls. Both games will take place on Sunday.
Oct 31: THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
The Montreal Impact and Toronto FC are another step closer to the MLS Cup. Both teams are currently playing in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals of the MLS Playoffs. The Impact are playing the NY Red Bulls, and the FC are playing the NY FC. Over the weekend, the two Canadian teams played and won the first of twogames. How does it work? The team that scores the most points after the two games is the team that moves on to the Conference Finals. And since Montreal and Toronto both play in the same conference, they could play each other in the next round. But that’s getting ahead of ourselves. Game 2 takes place next Sunday. On the baseball field, the Chicago Cubs live to play another game. They’ll try to keep their World Series dreams alive in game 6 on Tuesday. Psst. Game 6 is another win-or-go-home game for the Cubs. If they lose, Cleveland wins the World Series.