Missile? Control? Insert favourite "Cruz" pun *HERE*

Wednesday, October 12 2011 @ 11:11 PM EDT

Contributed by: Mick Doherty

Just Tuesday of this week, on this very site, inimitable Bauxite Thomas told the world,

While "Whoa" Nellie didn't "slam" anyone this evening, he did fire a three-run jack into the left field belachers in extra frames to propel his Texas teammates to a second-consecutive 7-3 overtime win in the ALCS. (Detroit is now Very Sad.)  And for the record, it is the first time in all of MLB history that one player has hit two extra-inning home runs in the same postseason series, so Cruz's pursuit of becoming Texas' own Senor Octubre is still very much fair game.

The Rangers, now up 3-1 in this series, look to return to the World Series this year (how preternaturally odd that sounds to anyone who's lived in North Texas for more than a year or two) -- they'd be the first AL team to do so, outside of the multi-ringed Yankees, since your 1992-93 Blue Jays.

Today's Question of the Day (essay format, no wrong answers ) ...

What good-but-not-pre-eminent ballplayer do you best remember as emerging, even exploding, into the public consciousness during the MLB post-season? Bonus points for Jays fans who can name someone other than "Touch 'em all" Joe Carter -- and a speciial no-prize for anyone here who can tell tales of actually seeing, live and in person, any of the miracles performed by this little guy more than 30 years ago ....