Experience Josh Donaldson's Walkoff Homer Over and Over Again
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Experience Josh Donaldson’s Walkoff Homer Over and Over Again

After decades of mostly forgettable baseball, you deserve these moments.

Photo by b m a n  from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

Photo by b.m.a.n. from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

Most years, yesterday’s Blue Jays game against the Tampa Bay Rays would mark the last home game of the season. This year, however, by virtue of ending the longest playoff drought in major North American league sport—the Jays will play at least one more home game after the regular season ends.

Yesterday’s game illustrated how and why Toronto has once again, 22 years after its last playoff appearance, caught Jays fever. Fans lined up outside the stadium at 10:30 a.m. for the 1:00 p.m. game (albeit for the chance to get free stuff). And the sellout crowd—there have been a lot of those lately—didn’t leave disappointed.

With two out in the bottom of the ninth inning of a 4-4 game, Jays third baseman and MVP contender Josh Donaldson came up to the plate. And then he did what he does so well, and hit a walkoff solo home run into the left-field seats to win the game for the good guys.

It’s about as dramatic an ending as you get in baseball, and the sound of it was captured by Soundcloud user bluejays-voices. Editing together the various radio and TV play-by-play calls of Donaldson’s home run—Jays TV announcer Buck Martinez is particularly excited—the clip captures the emotion that the late-season surge has brought with it.

It’s an excitement that has motivated fans to create their own tribute videos, including a look at every Jays home run set to a Johnny Cash track, and even multiple Taylor Swift parody videos. But really, there’s nothing quite like watching a walkoff homer over and over again.

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