So, 21 years ago tonight, Joe Carter hit a three run home run to win the 1993 World Series for the Toronto Blue Jays. Just to make that extra clear, I said twenty-one years ago, and 1993 World Series. If that doesn’t make you feel old, you’re probably not that old. You can watch it here if you feel like getting a little bit emotional:
I’m not here to get all emotional about that home run and what it meant for baseball fans in Canada, and how we all remember exactly where we were when it happened (Ithaca, New York – and then I was a very obnoxious 12-year-old the next day dressed head to toe in Blue Jays swag). What I’m here to talk about is how cool Joe Carter looked back then.
I’m not going to get into the Oakleys, the necklace, the one armband, or the batting gloves with the bright red swath. What I really care about is the cleats. You see, in 1992 and 1993, we all wanted Reebok Blacktop Pumps or Nike Air Jordans. But if you were a Blue Jays fan (or, let’s face it, a human being) then, you also wanted high top baseball cleats that almost covered your stirrups completely. Joe Carter had them, and he was hitting home runs to win the World Series.
And for a little bit of bonus Joe Carter Cool, I present to you this delightfulness courtesy of 1992 Score. You can see all the cool is exaggerated. Goodnight.