Although the last 19 seasons have not been overloaded with incredible moments of Blue Jays baseball, there were enough noteworthy instances to fill a top-10 list and then some. Although these moments did not make the top 10, I thought they still deserved to be recognized.
Joe Carter wins AL Player of the Month after setting MLB record with 31 RBIs, April 30, 1994
Coming off back-to-back World Series titles, Blue Jays fans had no idea they were embarking on a 19-season playoff drought. Joe Carter picked up in 1994 right where he left off in 1993 by showing why he was one of the best sluggers in team history.
Carter set a then-MLB record by driving in 31 runs in the month of April en route to being named the American League Player of the Month. There was even talk he might break Hack Wilson's single-season RBI record.
Don't think winning the AL Player of the Month is that impressive of a feat? Just consider that no Blue Jay would win the award for another 16 seasons, until Jose Bautista accomplished the same feat in July 2010.
Blue Jays' only 2nd place finish in the Wild-Card Era, October 1, 2006
When your team doesn't make the playoffs for 19 seasons, the best you can hope for is a second-place finish in your division. Unfortunately for Blue Jays fans, that has only happened once since the creation of the new American League East.
In 2006, coming off an offseason in which the franchise made a big splash in free agency by signing A.J. Burnett and B.J. Ryan and trading for Troy Glaus, the Blue Jays had their best regular-season finish.
Generally, no one remembers who finished in second, but at the time it was a significant achievement for a team who had finished third or worst for 12 straight seasons and appeared to be on the precipice of success.
Of course that success never came, but the team could take some pride in pulling ahead of a Red Sox team that was just two years removed from winning the World Series.
J.P. Arencibia hits two home runs in Major League debut, August 7, 2010
Perhaps the most impressive Major League debut by a hitter in Blue Jays history belongs to J.P. Arencibia. In his first-ever game in a Toronto uniform, the catcher went 4-for-5 with two home runs, three runs scored, and three RBI. He even homered on the first pitch he saw in his Major League career.
According to MLB.com, Arencibia became the first player since 1900 to have two home runs and four hits in his first-ever Major League game. It was a historic performance and one that keyed a 17-11 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in one of the most exciting games of the last five years.
Tom Cheek posthumously receives Ford C. Frick Award, December 5, 2012
The voice of the Blue Jays, Tom Cheek, was posthumously awarded the Ford C. Frick Award for Broadcasting Excellence in 2012, after appearing as a finalist for the award in seven straight seasons.
Though Cheek, who passed away in 2005, wasn't alive to receive the honor personally, it was a very touching moment for Blue Jays fans who grew up listening to him call the first 4,306 games in Blue Jays history.
Cheek was there for the very first game in franchise history on April 7, 1977 and didn't miss a single game right up through June 2, 2004. No Blue Jay fan will ever forget hearing his call as Joe Carter rounded the bases to clinch a World Series victory in 1993.