Today in Postseason History: Paul Molitor sparks the Blue Jays in Game 3 of the 1993 World Series
Paul Molitor almost wasn't even in the lineup for Game 3 of the 1993 World Series. The 37-year-old had been the Jays' DH all year, and with National League rules coming into play as the series shifted to Philadelphia, there didn't seem to be a spot for him outside of a potential pinch-hitting appearance.
But Toronto manager Cito Gaston went out on a limb: Rather than sit his aging star, he stuck him in the lineup at first base in place of John Olerud -- who, in addition to being one of the most sure-handed infielders in the game, had just won the AL batting title with a .363 average during the season.
So, how best to vindicate your manager and replace one of the best players in baseball? Well, hitting a two-run triple in your first at-bat can't hurt:
Neither could following that up with a home run:
Molitor ended up 3-for-4 on the night with three runs scored and three RBIs in a 10-3 win for Toronto, as the Jays took a 2-1 series lead. You probably already know how that story ended.