Old Blue Jays in St. John’s

A handful of old Blue Jays were in town this past week as part of a Canadian tour teaching kids the finer points of baseball. They included:

Jesse Barfield is one of Blue Jays all-time best sluggers, leading the majors in homers in 1986 with 40. He was traded to the Yankees in 1989, before the Jays won their World Series.

Duane Ward was a super duper relief pitcher for the Blue Jays in their late-80s, early-90s hey day. Coincidentally, after leading the majors in saves in 1993 on the way to the Jays second straight World Series win, Ward hurt his shoulder, missed all of 1994, and then retired 2.2 innings into 1995. The Jays have won absolutely bubkiss since. Duane Ward curse perhaps? You heard it here first.

With one of the great names in baseball history (after the likes of Oil Can BoydRollie Fingers, and Catfish Hunter), centre fielder Mookie Wilson, was a fan favourite with the Jays for two and a half years from 1989 to 1991.

Otto Velez, who is somewhere in this video, was the Blue Jays first ever designated hitter starting in 1977 until 1983.

Roberto Alomar is probably the greatest second baseman in the history of baseball. He is one of five former Jays in the Hall of Fame and the only one to be inducted as a Blue Jay. He also spit on an umpire once (as a member of the Baltimore Orioles) but you can’t be all good all the time can you? He’s a bit of a big deal, and a fan of McCain’s punch, Aqua, and Hava Java espresso.