Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Best Ending in Baseball History?

The phrase "Best Ending in Baseball History" should not be thrown around lightly. Baseball has a rich, rich history. So if you're saying a game has the best ending in baseball history it has to be better than the Shot Heard 'Round the World. It has to be better than Bill Buckner. It has to be better than Kirk Gibson's HR.

Last night's game between the Padres and Dodgers may be that good. The Padres had a 1/2 game lead in the NL West and had a 9-5 lead going into the bottom of the ninth inning. Then the Dodgers did the improbable. Two consecutive solo homeruns against reliever Jon Adkins. So the Fathers make the switch to All-Star reliever Trevor Hoffman who hadn't blown a save against LA in 24 straight chances. Two pitches, two more solo home runs and the game is tied 9-9 off FOUR SOLO HOME RUNS IN THE BOTTOM OF THE NINTH INNING!!!

So we go to extra innings where the Padres right the ship and score a run in the top of the 10th to take 10-9 lead. Kenny Lofton got on base off Hoffman. Hoffman is replaced by Rudy Saenz who gives up the game winning 2 run home run to Nomar Garciaparra.

I heard the call from Charlie Steiner (one of my former favorite Sportscenter anchors, did a great commercial where he punched the Syracuse Orange) and I got goosebumps. That was amazing.

1 comment:

Piccu said...

I saw the highlights and heard Steiner's call and it gave me goose bumps. It reminded me that playoff baseball is just two weeks away and we still have some good races yet to decide.

Whether this is the best ending in baseball history is cetainly debatable, I think best ever is usually reserved for postseason baseball. However, this could definitely be a candidate for best regular season ending in baseball history.