Flashback Friday: The Blue Jays Thriller Video

When scouring the internet for Blue Jays content to feature for Flashback Fridays, occasionally I’ll come across videos like this that are too good not to share. For the final Flashback Friday of 2012, we take a look back at the 1984 Blue Jays in Spring Training courtesy of Peter Gross. 

I really don’t know what to say, other than thank you to Mr. Gross for posting these old pieces on Youtube. And below are just a few of the frightening faces displayed by Cliff Johnson, Dennis Lamp, Jim Clancy, Buck Martinez and Garth Iorg.


In fact, I even went to the liberty of making a GIF of Cliff Johnson’s reaction just because it’s so damn hilarious, and actually kind of reminds me of the dramatic hamster for some reason. It seriously might be my favourite Blue Jays GIF ever.

Also, be sure to keep your eyes out for a cameo by Baltimore Orioles catcher Rick Dempsey, and some sweet dance moves put on by Alfredo Griffin.

No mere mortal can resist … the evil of Blue Jays thriller, indeed. Happy early Halloween!

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.

4 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: The Blue Jays Thriller Video

  • October 5, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Oh man!! I totally remember this..probably still have the VHS tape with this video somewhere in my basement. The Orioles are still the team to beat, strangely…

    • October 5, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      That's right! Orioles as the defending AL Champs. And then the Blue Jays made it to the top in 1985 … hopefully a sign of things to come!

  • October 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Thanks again Ian. These FFs serve a duel purpose give us olds the opportunity to look back and do a bit of a memory jog and give the newer fans a bit of history. That 1985 team is my favourite all time Blue Jays team.

    Enjoy the playoffs and WS!

  • January 25, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    I remember the Glee show in which they also performed a Thriller music video in an open field area. They were holding baseball plates and baseball bats the entire time and they made it a little spooky with their scary costumes.

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