Blue Jays fans are 'starved for a winner'

Jays batter Emilio Bonifacio feels the pain during an at-bat last night at the Rogers Centre....

Jays batter Emilio Bonifacio feels the pain during an at-bat last night at the Rogers Centre. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:54 AM ET

On the night that Joe touched them all — the last really great Blue Jays moment before this need-to-be-great Blue Jays season — John Gibbons was home in San Antonio, watching with his dad, cheering not-so quietly for the Philadelphia Phillies.

He knew Lenny Dykstra from his time with the Mets, before his uniform number had more than two digits; he knew Darren Daulton, before he became Mr. Hooters. He held his breath when Mitch Williams was throwing to Joe Carter on that Saturday night because that’s what Phillies fans did.

That was either a long time ago or yesterday, depending on who you are, depending on what your age is, depending on what your sensibilities might be. Gibbons remembers that Blue Jays win of 1993 as a great win for baseball, even if it wasn’t the win he wanted: A World Series that ended with a walk-off home run.

For those now 30 or older that was as good as it gets for Toronto sports.

For those younger, who have just feint memory of the grea


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