The recent success of the Toronto Blue Jays have people thinking of the playoffs. I remember when the Blue Jays won their second consecutive World Series title in 1993. Everyone, including me, thought this was the start of a baseball dynasty. Then the strike hit the following year and baseball in Toronto hasn’t been the same.
It has been 21 years since Joe Carter’s World-Series-winning walk-off home run and the Blue Jays have never gotten even close to the playoffs. I don’t have to tell you how long it has been since the Maple Leafs last won the Stanley Cup. This is not just happening in Toronto. While Red Sox fans in Boston are now spoiled after going through an 86-year World Series drought, that has been replaced by New England Patriots fans wondering if their team will ever win another Super Bowl. After winning 4 World Series championships in the 90s, the New York Yankees have won only once since 2001. The New York Rangers won the Cup in 1994 to snap a 54-year drought. They had to wait 20 years before getting a chance to win another. And then there are the Montreal Canadiens whose fans still brag about winning the Stanley Cup in 1993.
I recall hearing someone say enjoy the moment now because you’ll never know when you’ll experience it again. That is one advice that seems to hold true through generations. Fans these days don’t savour the moment. Rather, they would bank on another championship in two or three years. This is perhaps why fans get frustrated year after year when their team fails to win it all. While they should be confident about their team’s chances next season, they should not take these moments for granted. Take the time to smell the roses.