Acid Flashback Friday: Mitch Williams

Who could forget that look of disdain and that long flowing mane?

Toronto Blue Jays fans remember him as the man who turned Joe Carter into an icon. The Philadelphia Phillies remember him as the guy who let one get away. For this edition of Acid Flashback Friday, let’s take a look back at “Wild Thing” Mitch Williams.

I did a brief writeup on him back in 2008, and after basking in his mistake for years, I couldn’t help but feel a little sorry for Mitch Williams because of all the backlash he received after the 1993 World Series.


Most recently, Williams joined the panel on the MLB Network as a studio analyst. In my mind though, he will always be known as the guy who almost fell down on the mound every time he threw a pitch.

In other Phillies news …

Not surprisingly, Roy Halladay was flawless in his Philadelphia Phillies debut yesterday. I know it’s a fairly small sample size, but through two innings of work, Doc threw 24 strikes and 3 balls. You’re welcome, Philly.

Speaking of which, the fine folks at the Philadelphia sports blog iSportacus asked me some questions on what to expect from Roy Halladay.

I suppose it’s all finally coming full circle … Mitch Williams and the Phillies gave the Blue Jays a gift in the form of a 2-2 pitch down and in to Joe Carter, and then the Jays reciprocated 16 years with the gift of Roy Halladay.

I’d say we’re about even now.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

2 thoughts on “Acid Flashback Friday: Mitch Williams

  • March 6, 2010 at 8:15 am

    "here's the 2-2"..

  • March 6, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    "Down the left field line – way back and GONE! Joe Carter with a three-run homer!"

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