It’s a dream every little leaguer has growing up, stepping up to the plate, bottom of the ninth, your team down by three runs and the bases are loaded, then with one swing of the bat it’s game over. The crowd roars and teammates carry you off the field. You’ve just snatched victory from the claws of defeat; it’s the kind of stuff that happens only in the movies.
Well on July 31th against the Anaheim Angels, Blue Jay’s utility player Steve Pearce got to live that dream as he became the first player in Jay’s history to hit a walk off grand slam with his team down three runs, leading Toronto to an 11-10 come from behind win. Pearce joins Greg Zaun (2008) and George Bell (1988), as the only Jay’s to hit walk off grand slams, although Pearce’s grand slam is the only one where the team needed all four runs to come back and win.
So what made the slam historic for MLB records? Just four days before Pearce stepped up to the plate in the tenth inning with the game tied 4-4 and the bases loaded against the Oakland A’s and hit a walk off grand slam. So if you’re counting that’s two walk off grand slams in less than a week, a Major League baseball record. Pearce joins a truly elite club as only the third player to have ever hit two walk off grand slams in the same season, Jim Presley of the Seattle Mariners in 1986, and Cy Williams of the Philadelphia Phillies way back in 1926.
In what has been a forgettable season for the Toronto Blue Jays, Steve Pearce just had himself a historically memorable week.