1. The Josh Donaldson Trade
One of the most important moments of the 2015 season happened in 2014. It was late November and Alex Anthopoulos pulled off a flat out heist for the Blue Jays acquiring Josh Donaldson from the Oakland A’s for Brett Lawrie and some minor leaguers.
2. Pillar’s Two Homers off Scherzer
In early June, the Jays lost the first game of a doubleheader against the Nationals. The team was on a skid, falling to a season-low seven games under .500 with the prospect of facing Max Scherzer in Game 2. In that game, Kevin Pillar’s two homeruns turned the team around, most likely saved manager John Gibbons’ job and the team went on to win their next 10 games.
3. Comeback for the Ages at Fenway
In the midst of one of their season high 11-game win streaks, the Jays found themselves down 8-1 at Fenway Park when an improbable 9-run 7th inning propelled the Jays to victory over the Red Sox keeping their win streak alive.
4. The Trade Deadline
The trade for David Price sent Blue Jays fans into a state of euphoria and almost disbelief… capping off the best trade deadline in team history which also included the acquisitions of Troy Tulowitzki, LaTroy Hawkins, Ben Revere and Mark Lowe.
5. The Royals Series
The Blue Jays won three out of four games in a highly emotional series against the Royals. In the series finale, Donaldson was thrown at, Aaron Sanchez was ejected and both benches cleared. The Jays came out of this series with an invigorated swagger and sky-high confidence.
6. Jays Sweep Yankees in New York
The Blue Jays were 4 ½ games back of the Yankees and were looking to make up some ground in Yankee Stadium. They flat out dominated them in all three games.
7. Edwin’s Hat Trick
The Jays 15-1 pounding of the Tigers which included Edwin Encarnacion’s second grand slam of the week and third homer of the game resulted in a never-before-seen showering of hats on the field for Edwin’s home run hat trick.
8. The Stro Show Returns
One of the most improbable comebacks from a “season-ending” Spring Training injury was fueled by Marcus Stroman’s incredible drive and determination. On September 12th, he returned to the mound as the Jays swept a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium.
9. Russell Martin’s Clutch Home Run vs the Yankees
In the rubber match of their last head-to-head series against their division rivals, the AL East was still up for grabs. A win by the Yanks would’ve pulled them to within 2 ½ games of the first place Jays but Martin’s clutch three-run blast in the seventh put the game (and pretty much the division title) out of reach.
10. Donaldson’s Exclamation Point
Fittingly, on Fan Appreciation Day, Josh Donaldson’s dramatic walk-off homer sent the fans into a frenzy which has continued into the clinching of the American League East and first appearance in the postseason in 22 years.