The ability to put your foot down hard on another team’s throat is what separates winners from losers.
It’s the killer instinct -- you either have it or you don’t.
There are other factors, of course, but this one ranks high on the list.
The Blue Jays haven’t been within sniffing distance of it in years and given their first opportunity to place a large boot to an opponent in 2014 they missed the mark.
Heading into Thursday night’s finale against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Jays had won two of the first three, scoring well-played victories over the Rays the last two nights.
A history of sorts hung in the balance of the finale -- with a victory the Jays would have taken the series 3-1, and by doing so would have snapped a string of 20 consecutive series at Tropicana Field without a win dating back to April 6-8, 2007.
Instead, they fell with a thud, losing 7-2. The series ends in a split.