The longest day in Toronto Blue Jays history
Team claims victory in marathon 19-inning game against Detroit Tigers
Six hours and thirty-seven minutes is a long time to play baseball.
For the Toronto Blue Jays, it was the longest game in the team's history — one that saw them grasp a needed 6-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
The first pitch was thrown out at 1:07 p.m. ET. The last one came at 7:44 p.m.
On Twitter, fans appeared proud of the team and proud of themselves, in some cases, for having stuck through the long-running match.
"I ate lunch and dinner while watching this game. Absolutely ridiculous," Jeff Filman tweeted.
A Twitter user named Kyle Archer admitted that he "probably would have shed a tear if the Jays played that long and lost."
There were also some jokes.
Justin Saulnier suggested the game went on so long that star outfielder Jose Bautista’s beard had "thickened up again."
Jeremy Schultz said the game had gone so long that it had actually begun in the SkyDome — the prior name for the Rogers Centre, which has not been in use for nearly a decade.
Sunday's game was also the first time that the Blue Jays took part in a 19-inning match. That meant that it ran more than twice as long as a standard nine-inning game.
The Blue Jays' official post-game notes indicate that the longest game the Jays had played before Sunday was a five-hour-and-fifty-seven-minute game against the Yankees back in April 2001.
With Sunday's win, the Blue Jays now hold a 63-56 record on the season and are 1.5 games back of the Kansas City Royals for the final wild-card spot. Toronto still has about a quarter of its games to play before the regular season ends.