Blue Jays 1993 World Series ring pinched from Calgary home
Former trainer Geoff Horne says iconic baseball gem has his name on it
Fists clenched, running into the field at the SkyDome with both hands in the air.
It was an appropriate response to what, for many Canadians, was one of the most unforgettable moments in baseball.
You can see GeoffHorne's elated reaction in pretty much any YouTube clip that documents that fall day in 1993 when the Jays beat the Phillies and won the World Series.
Horne was 28 at the time and the team's strength and conditioning trainer.
"Still gives me goosebumps," he told the Calgary Eyeopener on Friday.
Like everyone else on the team, Horne received a championship ring.
But on Feb. 10, it disappeared, along with a number of other items, from his southwest Calgary home when he and his wife were out for dinner.
They returned to find a "giant muddy footprint in the living room" and an ugly mess in their bedroom.
"The sock drawer had been rifled through," said Horne.
His wife's jewellery box had been broken into and everything inside — from family heirlooms to his beloved 1993 World Series ring — was gone.
"It was very important to me. It was the culmination of a lot of work and effort," said Horne.
'No questions asked'
Calgary police were called in but have not located the robber or the ring.
Horne says it's easy to identify because it has his name on it.
"Not engraved on it but actually built right into the ring."
He can get another one made with permission from the Toronto Blue Jays, but is still hoping the thief returns it.
"If it showed up at a district police station someday, no questions asked."
With files from the Calgary Eyeopener