Monster Blog Wednesday: Our Favorite World Series Moments
Fall signifies a lot of things: Halloween, sweatshirts, the start of the NBA and the NHL, the misery of fantasy football; for baseball fans, it signifies one thing: the Fall Classic. The World Series kicked off last night between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals, with the Giants taking game one. For people who don’t like baseball, it’s tough to explain how much it means watching your favorite team in the World Series. But for people who love the game, no explanation is necessary. Here are our personal favorite World Series moments:
Kirby Puckett’s Amazing Game 6 in 1991
Normally I’d try to squeeze a Red Sox highlight into this slot, but the Sox tend to save most of their heroics for the ALCS, so I went with one of the best World Series games ever played by an individual position player. The Twins were facing elimination in Game 6, and Puckett basically put the team on his back to force a game 7. In the first video, he robs Ron Gant of at least an RBI triple in the third inning with an insane catch against the Plexiglass. The second video is his walk off home run in the 11th inning of the same game. He also singled and tripled in this game, driving in three of Minnesota’s four runs. His walk off home run also gave us one of the most memorable calls in baseball history, Jack Buck’s “And…we’ll see you tomorrow night!”. Hell of a game.
I won’t lie to you, this isn’t your typical “World Series Moment”, but Ryan said I could pick ANY moment so I pick Clemens throwing the broken bat at Piazza. There is a lot to be said about a man that would throw a sharpened wooden spear at another human being, most being less than kind. To this day, i’m not sure what Clemens was thinking, because there is no way in hell that Piazza did that on purpose. Sure, Piazza wanted revenge from the concussion he suffered at Clemens’s hand earlier in the season, but not even the deepest rage could anticipate flying pieces of a broken bat. Clemens is just a competitive (crazy) person, and I will always admire him for it.