Box Score Bank: When the Jays Were Good

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Box Score Bank: When the Jays Were Good

Do you realize that it's been almost 19 years since the Blue Jays made the playoffs?

Think about that for a second. Around here, we're ready to drink a vat of poison after two months of sub-par baseball, up in Toronto they've been living it for nearly two decades.

There are players on that team who weren't even five years old the last time Toronto was in the post-season. Of course there's one guy Omar Vizquel who was 26, but that's not the point.

Point: It's been a long, long time since these guys were good. And even though things are certainly looking up in Toronto, it will very likely still be a little while before they find their way back to the postseason.

As a tribute to their struggles, let's trek back to 1993, the year Toronto won the second of their back-to-back titles.

The Sox went 3-10 against the Blue Jays that season, and oddly enough, two of those three wins came in starts by Danny Darwin. The third win is today's Box Score Bank.

So, let's crank it bank to September 22, 1993

Bill Clinton was finishing up his first year as President. Jurassic Park (which came out in June) was still no. 1 at the Box Office. Dream Lover by Mariah Carey was in its third of eight weeks atop the Billboard charts. Michael Jordan was less than two weeks away from the shocking the world with his first retirement. Jose Iglesias was three

and over at the SkyDome, Butch Hobson's Red Sox were putting down a beating on the Blue Jays.

Final Score: Boston 7, Toronto 5

Man, what a line-up those Blue Jays teams had:

First of all, three Hall of Famers in Rickey Henderson, Roberto Alomar and Paul Molitor. Then there was John Olerud (who hit .363 that season with a .473 .OBP), Joe Carter who hit 33 homers with 121 RBI (and hit one pretty big homer in the playoffs) and All-Star center fielder Devon White (who stole 34 bases and was in the midst of winning five-straight gold gloves).

They were a beautiful thing, those Jays. But on this day they were no match for the Sox! OK, actually the game was pretty close.

Boston was up 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth, when Roberto Alomar hit a two-run double off of closer Ken Ryan to send the game to extra innings

Where the one and only Rob Deer hit a two-run blast off the one and only Mike Timlin to propel the Sox to a dramatic victory. Good stuff!

Not so good: The Sox missed the playoffs for the third straight year.

But hey, it beats 19.

(By the way, on that same afternoon, 26-year-old Omar Vizquel went 1-5 in Seattle's 7-4 win over the Rangers)

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Cardinals pull away late for 7-2 victory over Red Sox

Cardinals pull away late for 7-2 victory over Red Sox

The Cardinals broke open a close game with four runs in the last two innings against Red Sox relief prospect Chandler Shepherd and went on to a 7-2 exhibition victory over Boston yesterday at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers.

Red Sox-Cardinals box score

The loss dropped the Sox to 1-3 for the exhibition season.

Boston had jumped on top, 1-0, on an RBI single by Mitch Moreland in the bottom of the first, but St. Louis countered with two runs in the second and one in the third, all against starter Brian Johnson. It remained 3-1 until the Cards touched Shepherd for two runs in the eighth and two in the ninth. The Red Sox added their final run in the bottom of the ninth when catcher Jordan Procyshen, who spent last season at Single-A Salem, hit a sacrifice fly.

Moreland, Xander Bogaerts and Chris Young each had two hits for the Red Sox. who also got scoreless relief from Teddy Stankiewicz, Noe Ramirez, Robby Scott, Kyle Martin and Brandon Workman. It was Bogaerts' last game before leaving to compete for The Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

The Sox host the Yankees on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m.

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia is no stranger to injuries. That's a big reason why he's no longer a stranger to the sometimes peculiar practices of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

In an interview on WEEI's "Bradfo Show," Pedroia told Rob Bradford that he's been taking cues from the five-time Super Bowl-winning QB to help extend his playing career and make his body healthier and more durable.

“I understand what he does and know what he does. I think it’s awesome,” Pedroia told Bradford. “There’s a reason why he’s successful at his age (39), and he looks better now than he did when he first came to the league. You have to be smarter as you get older and learn different styles -- the way to train and the way you take care of your body to be able to perform and stay on the field. It doesn’t matter what sport you’re playing. He’s definitely got that figured out.”

Pedroia, of course, played the entire 2013 World Series-winning season with a torn ligament in his thumb. He's battled through various other lower body and hand injuries over the past few seasons, as well. But in 2016, he had his best season in recent memory, posting his highest OPS since 2011, as WEEI notes.

Part of that is with his own take on the Brady approach -- which focuses more on pliability and resistance training than extensive, heavy weight lifting -- and a healthier overall lifestyle, something Brady is notoriously infamous for having.

"There’s tons of ways to take care of your body. It’s not just get in the weight room and throw weights around,” Pedroia explained. “As you get older, the human body can’t take the pounding if you’re going in there and power lifting. When you’re younger, you can handle some of that. But as you get older, you got to be smarter. Sometimes less is more -- whether that’s weight or reps or whatever. You’ve just got to be smart. And eating wise, that’s a big part of recovery. If you put the right foods in your body, you’ll heal faster if you’re injured or recover faster. It’s like a car, man. Put bad gas in, bro. It’s not going to be the same as good gas.”

He hopes the approach can, at the very least, keep him moving for quite some time.

“I plan on living until I’m 100," he said. "So we’re not even halfway home."