There was not a lot of hype going into this World Series, but these two teams have provided an exciting match up. They have forced a the series to a Game 7, which is the first since 2002. On Thursday night the St. Louis Cardinals staved off elimination by making an incredible, come-from-behind 10-9 win in 11 innings over the Texas Rangers. The Cardinals were down to their last strike on two different occasions, but would not die. This was instantly one of the best World Series games of all time, but where exactly does it rank against the all time great World Series games?
The Angels were down five runs in the 7th inning, but they rallied back to win the game 6-5 over the Giants. The comeback from a five-run deficit was the largest in World Series history for an elimination game.
This tightly contested Game 7 was a war of wills that went into the 11th inning. The Marlins finally won the game when clutch hitter Edgar Rentería, lined a Charles Nagy slider up the middle, allowing Craig Counsell to score the winning run.
This game is best known for Jack Buck’s call of Kirby Puckett’s walk-off home run call. In the bottom of the 11th Puckett smashed a Charlie Leibrandt pitch over the left-center field wall, prompting Buck to say, “And we’ll see you tomorrow night!”
Mariano Rivera is the most dominant postseason pitcher in history, but one of his most infamous moments is not a great one. Despite being a great fielding pitcher Rivera threw away a ball with an error. The Arizona Diamondbacks capitalized on the mistake when Luis Gonzalez’s bloop single with the bases loaded to score the winning run. It is the only loss in Rivera’s postseason career.
Toronto Blue Jays slugger joined Bill Mazeroski as the only two players to win a World Series with a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of the deciding game with his bottom of the ninth three-run blast off Phillies closer Mitch Williams.
This was a sloppy game that saw five errors committed and a lot of offense. Both teams punched and took punches with their offenses exchanging leads throughout the game. When it seemed the Rangers had locked up the World Series win, the Cardinals rallied back. Twice the Cardinals were looking at elimination dead in the face, but twice they got clutch hits with two strikes. St. Louis became the first team to come back twice from deficits in both the 9th and 10th innings, and the first team to score in the 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th innings.
The most infamous blunder in baseball history was the most memorable moment from the outstanding World Series Game 6 in 1986. Mookie Wilson of the Mets stroked a ball down the first base line and Sox first baseman Bill Buckner allowed the ball to sneak between the legs. Mets third baseman Ray Knight scurried home and New York won the game 3-2 in the bottom of the 10th inning.
Games are rarely tied 0-0 after nine innings, but it had never happened in a Game 7. Legendary playoff pitchers John Smoltz and Jack Morris engaged in an epic battle. The Twins won Game 7 by the score of 1-0 in the 10th inning. The brilliant 10-inning shutout pitching performance by Morris earned him the World Series M.V.P.
Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk faced Cincy reliever Pat Darcy in the 12th inning. Fisk drove the the second pitch down the left field line. During the seconds the ball was in the air, Fisk waived his arms frantically to urge the ball to stay fair. The ball smacked the foul pole above the Green Monster to give the Red Sox the win. Cincinatti went on to win Game 7 by a score of 4-3.
The Yankees were heavy favorites and had outscored the Pirates 55-27 in the series, yet the Pirates would not quit. The Yanks scored two in the ninth inning to tie the game at 9 a piece. However what could possibly be the most memorable home run in baseball history Pirates second baseman Bill Mazeroski smacked a home run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Pirates an unimaginable series win.