Blue Jays beat the Tigers—but only after 19 whole innings of play.
SPOTTED BY: Twitter user Jason Lamptey.
WHERE: Rogers Centre
WHEN: Sunday, August 10, approximately 7:37 p.m.
WHAT: Six hours and 37 minutes after the game started, the Toronto Blue Jays emerged victorious from their match-up with the Detroit Tigers. At one point, the Jays were behind 5-0, but finally, at long last, and after 19 innings of play, the Jays clinched it when Jose Bautista singled home Munenori Kawasaki from third base. The 6-5 extra-extra inning showdown counts as the longest in Jays history: they played for what seems a measly 5 hours and 57 minutes against the Yankees in April 2001, and have made to 18 innings twice in the past—once last year against the Texas Rangers.
“For the fans who sat through all of it, thank you, that was awesome,” said Chad Jenkins, the last of the Jays’ eight pitchers of the game. “It’s really exciting to look up and see it’s 7:30 and there’s still people here cheering, going crazy, going nuts. It made it so much better.”
Here’s the moment the Jays finally brought it home (noteworthy for the jubilation and relief—and because the commentator appears to say something along the lines of “Winner, winner, Canadian chicken parm dinner,” which is now something we will say).