Tonight's game seven is going to cap a second straight ridiculously entertaining World Series. Nothing is going to top the Cubs finally winning it all for me last year. Nevertheless, Baseball remains great. No need to change it for the non-fan, Commish.
So there's a lot of chatter about whether Game 2 of Houston/LA was the greatest WS game ever. All these arguments are essentially dumb, because they are all so subjective. Still, it is fun, so here comes mine.
I limited this attempt to games I watched live, so sorry 1960 Pirates/Yankees Game 7. Sorry also Carlton Fisk, 1975 Game 6 Boston/Reds and Reggie Jackson, 1977 Yankees/Dodgers Game 6. Yes, I was technically alive for '75 and '77, but I have no present memory of watching live, and I was probably asleep.
Game 2, 2017, Astros/Dodgers was an amazing watch, but it wasn't an elimination game, so it's on the list, but not my number one.
Game 7, 2016, Cubs/Indians. This will probably always, always be my favorite. Nothing like seeing your team win it all, especially when the last one was the year they invented coffee filters. Why is it not my number one best? Because you guys gave up a five run lead and almost gave me a heart attack, and I am looking at you, Joe Maddon. Love ya, Joe, but seriously?
Game 6, 2011, Cardinals/Rangers. Yes, I dislike St. Louis with the burning flame of a Drogon, but last strike triple to tie in bottom of 9th, last strike single in bottom of 10th, walk off in bottom of 11th...that was a hell of a game. But, not my number one.
Game 7, 2001, Diamondbacks/Yankees. Seeing Mark Grace start a 2-run rally in the bottom of the 9th off Mariano Rivera was awesome, but I had to be reminded of it in a convo today, so, probably not number one.
Game 7, 1997, Marlins/Indians. An 11 inning, 3-2, Game 7. Awesome. Worth a re-watch. But....
GAME 7, 1991, TWINS/BRAVES. Ten innings. 1-0. Jack Morris pitching ALL TEN??? A walk off single in the bottom of the 10th? Smoltz, Stanton, Pena giving up none through 9. Come on now. That is an intense watch, and it appears to be available to re-watch online.
Mostly, what this list did, was made me look forward to Game 7, 2017. What a great sport.