Aaron Hill's Extra-Innings RBI Helps Blue Jays Win, Brings Spark to Dull Season

Dustin PollackContributor ISeptember 23, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 01:  Second baseman Aaron Hill #2 of the Toronto Blue Jays on September 1, 2009 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

It's amazing how in sports, no matter how bad a team's situation and statistics are, someone's talent can spark during a game and alleviate all the negativity for just a few moments.

For the Toronto Blue Jays, that negativity has been toward their entire 2009 season—and last night, that someone's talent was that of second baseman Aaron Hill.

In a win against the division rival Baltimore Orioles, Hill doubled in the bottom of the 11th to not only score the game-winning run but get his 100th RBI of the season as well.

Hill's game-winning hit represents a rare bright spot in the 2009 Jays season, a year that's seen the Jays only pick up 68 wins in the 151 they've played so far.

The Jays' inability to put up victories and generate excitement has shown in their huge drop in average fans in attendance per game at the Rogers Centre. The stadium has never been full other than maybe on Opening Day, but the Jays are usually able to put a decent number of fans in the seats.

The Jays' average attendance this season (23,276) is the lowest it's been since 2003. On Sept. 9, the Jays recorded their lowest attendance in Rogers Centre history: 11,159 against the Minnesota Twins. This was despite the fact that ace Jays pitcher Roy Halladay was on the mound.

Hill's accomplishments this season are atop the Jays' roster, matched only by those of teammate Adam Lind, who has 106 RBI.

This isn't an Aaron Hill fan post. It's just an attempt to put into perspective how much this youngster has meant to a clubhouse that has simply "struck out" this season.

The positive moment is now over.

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