Toronto Blue Jays' Roberto Alomar connects for a two-run home run during Grapefruit League action against the Cleveland Indians in Dunedin, Fla. on March 9, 1993. (The Canadian Press/Hans Deryk)

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Throughout the mid-1980s, and even into the early 1990s, the Toronto Blue Jays were viewed as a modern day version of the NHL's San Jose Sharks. Despite strong regular season play, with a sprinkle of playoff success mixed in, the Jays weren't able to rise to the occasion and win when it really mattered. But that all changed in 1992, with Roberto Alomar viewed as a catalyst for the transformation. With the Oakland Athletics set to tie the American League Championship Series at two games apiece, the Hall of Famer altered the course of Blue Jays' history with one swing of the bat. Alomar tied the game with a ninth-inning home run off of A's closer Dennis Eckersley, which led Toronto to a 7-6 victory. The Jays would then go on to win the series in six games before knocking off the Atlanta Braves in the World Series - the first championship in team history.

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