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Blue Jays highlight machine Kevin Pillar takes flight again

Blue Jays center Kevin Pillar routinely makes filthy defensive plays with reckless abandon.

He added another one to his collection Monday night.

Pillar made an insane, full-extension diving grab to rob Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez of an extra base hit.

Ted was always optimistic and enthusiastic. It wasn’t like we finished two games back in 80 and 81 where we thought, Hey we have a shot this year,’ Murphy said. 鈥?We were lucky all the way around, and then to have cameras around documenting it, it was a lot of fun.

The praise wasn’t limited to the WTBS inner circle. After Hanson spent more than a year busting Diamond’s chops about winning an Emmy, his pseudo-demand was realized when television’s top prize did indeed come calling.

It’s a Long Way to October won Emmys not only for Diamond and Hanson, but also for Ortiz-Guzman, Noland and director Mark Johnson.

GlennDiamondEmmy-GD-FTR-032417.jpgGlenn Diamond accepts his Emmy for It’s a Long Way to October in 1984. (Photo courtesy of Glenn Diamond)

In one sense, the Emmy 鈥?and, later, a Cable ACE award 鈥?represented a job well done. In another sense, there was more work to do.

Limited Kids Andre Williams Jersey The success of It’s a Long Way to October led Turner to commission two more Braves-centric behind-the-scenes specials: A Tale of Two Seasons (1984) and Baseball Behind the Seams (1985).

Limited Kids Rob Ninkovich Jersey Two Seasons focused on the last month of the 1983 season as the Braves sought back-to-back division titles, while Behind the Seams was a more intimate affair that centered around four players in different career stages during the 1984 season. Barber returned for Two Seasons, while actor Kirk Douglas, at Torre’s invitation, narrated Behind the Seams.