Monday, October 31, 2011
My Favorite World Series Game
In about an hour, we'll say goodbye to October. That means that baseball season is over, and, indeed, just a few days ago, the World Series ended with a Game 7 win by the St. Louis Cardinals. Game 6 is being hailed as one of the best World Series games of all time: twice, the Texas Rangers were one strike away from winning the game and thus winning the series; twice, the Cardinals came back to tie the game; the Cardinals won in the 11th inning.
This World Series was so exciting that it brought me back to my favorite World Series--1996--the first Yankee Series win that I remember well. (Argenis wears a 1996 Yankees World Series hat and I highly appreciate it.) The best game in that series was Game 4. The Yankees were down two games to one, playing in Atlanta, and they needed a win in Game 4 to have a good chance of capturing a World Series victory. But the Yanks fell behind 6-0 by the fifth inning. They clawed back to 6-3 by the eighth inning, when backup catcher Jim Leyritz came to the plate. Off the Braves' best relief pitcher, Leyritz launched a clutch three-run homer to left field, over the head of a 19-year-old Braves rookie named Andruw Jones. The Yankees had tied the game and they would win it in the 10th inning. The following Saturday, they won the World Series back home in the Bronx.
What is your favorite World Series game? Why? What are your favorite baseball memories? Which games of the past do you wish you'd been alive to see?