The home run grew in succeeding days. The big World Series moment is never really determined until the Series is finished. The Jays won in six games. The pivotal game, in retrospect, was the second, when they broke serve to win in Atlanta and gain control. The big hit was Ed's. He was the unlikely hero of October.
Kristen is now retired. She mostly wants to be a ballplayer's wife, though she does a consumer report once a week on local TV. She laughs and says she would not mind being Martha Stewart, the arbiter of suburban decorating trends. What could be better? Stay at home and entertain and be paid. Kristen says that "Hillary Clinton would probably slap me upside the head for saying this," but she is ready to be domestic.
As for Ed, he was protected in the expansion draft. His name has been mentioned in various trade rumors, but he still is a Blue Jay. There is no winter ball this year for him. He has been playing a lot of golf. He and Kristen have built a new house, in Stockton, and will move in January. The house is on a golf course. He envisions playing even more golf.
The controversy in Canada has died at last. It resurfaced, of course, in the moments after Ed's homer, commentators saying that the trade of a gold medal for a World Series win probably was a very good deal. The front page of the next day's Toronto Sun, with the headline ONE TIME CANADA BASHER ED SPRAGUE IS NOW A NATIONAL HERO, is framed and hanging on a wall in a hallway. The ball, returned by a fan, is in a dresser drawer. Kristen's gold medal was sent to a jeweler for framing.
Norm? He is adjusting to having these two humans around all the time. One of the big adjustments came when Kristen went into the small swimming pool in the backyard one hot, late summer day. Norm started barking like crazy. He never had seen her in the pool. Why should he have? She had never been in the pool, spending all of her time away from the house in a bigger pool. She had to convince Norm that she was not drowning.
"He was worried about me," Kristen says, rubbing the top of his head. "He's a good dog, still growing. He's had a busy year."
Yes, he has.