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Champion Jays reunite

One is a successful stock market player. Some are going back to school. Most are coaching baseball at some level.

One is a successful stock market player. Some are going back to school. Most are coaching baseball at some level. And others are investing in the most important stock of all: Their families.

Members of the 1992 and ’93 Blue Jays World Series championship teams have gathered in Toronto this weekend for a long overdue, but still very welcome, reunion. They’ll be given a tribute before Friday’s game against Baltimore at the Rogers Centre and Saturday afternoon will have autograph sessions outside the stadium before the game.

The players find it hard to believe so much time has gone by since they sat perched atop the baseball world — back-to-back at that. They also acknowledge that over that span, it has been difficult to keep up with each other despite the fact that for those two seasons many of them were like brothers.

Until this weekend, Jays manager Cito Gaston, who also managed those two championship teams, remained the closest link for Toronto fans to the glory days. Gaston underlined that notion of how lives change after the glory and how players follow widely divergent paths.

“I haven’t seen Todd (Stottlemyre) in years,” Gaston said before being asked about the most unexpected, post-championship outcome for one of his former players.

“Well, if I have it right, it’s Todd ... he’s been pretty successful in the stock market from what I understand.”

Indeed, Stottlemyre, one of the more free-spirited pitchers, has become an astute student of the stock markets.

Whatever post-baseball trails they follow, the former Jays are forever tied together through their Series triumphs.

It’s just “funny,” as Tom Henke puts it, how life goes on after such a life-defining moment.

“I’m as guilty as anyone, you get involved in your own life and you don’t stay in touch as much as you should,” Henke said.

“Sometimes you look at it like it never happened. Then you look at the (championship) ring on your finger and the trophies, and it comes back to you like it happened yesterday.”

 
 
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