Thursday, April 19, 2012

Top 10 Baseball Moments


10. Nolan Ryan vs. Robin Ventura



This moment was a pure classic because when a batter charges the mound, you think he has an advantage – purely based on momentum and premeditation. Not the case here…Nolan Ryan absolutely pulverized Robin Ventura.

9. Babe Ruth Calls His Shot 


This is the stuff legends are made of. Story goes that Ruth stepped up to the plate one game, pointed to the center field stands, and proceeded to hit a home run precisely there. 

8. Luis Gonzalez Blooper 


Luis Gonzalez facing the dominant Yankee closer Mariano Rivera in what would later be dubbed by SI the “greatest postseason game of the decade.” This at bat occurs after the Diamondbacks were down one in the bottom of the ninth inning and had just tied the game at 2-2. This was probably the most infamous blooper in baseball history.

7. Bill Buckner…Need we say more? 


Yet another attempt by the Red Sox to break “The Curse.” The Red Sox were favored – and winning three games to two in the best of seven World Series and Buckner made the most infamous error in sports history, that eventually led to the continuation of the Red Sox postseason misery.

6. Bonds 756


Baseball’s most valued record is the home run record, and 755 became to be known as the most important number in baseball. Watch for yourself as Duane Kuiper makes the call for a historic moment in baseball. This would be higher on the list if not for it being tainted by the steroid era.

5. Carlton Fisk Waving the Ball Fair 


This moment is emblazoned in the minds of baseball fans. In the bottom of the 12th inning, Fisk's hit appeared to be going foul, but this home run forced a Game 7 in the 1975 World Series. As shown in the above picture, Fisk was literally trying to wave the ball into fair territory.

4. Kirk Gibson and The Fist Pump


This home run was probably the single most improbable event in baseball and everything about this moment is etched into baseball fans memories – either through the live play or constant replays since. The fist pump and the “I don’t believe what I just saw!” put this moment in a well-earned 3 spot.

3. The Catch



This catch by Willie Mays is one of the most incredible catches in baseball history -- and it happened in the World Series, no less. Mays sprinted back and caught a ball that went nearly 480 feet, a distance that would be well into the stands of most parks. Announcer Jack Brickhouse proclaimed the play "must have been an optical illusion to most people."

2. Hank Aaron 715

Hank Aaron’s 715th home run broke Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record. The most legendary baseball player and the most legendary baseball record being broken by an African American was an important and historic moment of a sport that was segregated less than 30 years prior.

1. 2004 ALCS: Red Sox vs. Yankees


Bloody Sock Game, Dave Roberts steal, David Ortiz HR…too many moments to choose from! The 86 year old curse of Babe Ruth being traded from the Red Sox and Yankees ended in amazing comeback fashion. After being down 3-0 in a best of 7 series, the Red Sox won four straight against the Yankees. This was the best comeback in sports history and earns the spot atop the Top 10 Baseball Moments.

6 comments:

  1. What about Reggie jacksons three home or Willie mays catch or wade boggs pine tar or joe carters walk off now that was sweet, c'mon now

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    1. That's actually a great point and for some reason I lost Willie Mays (who was originally the reason I was going to make this list) in my search for 10 moments...check back for updates and he will certainly be in there! Thanks for the suggestion.

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  2. Great blog lyj!

    Can you explain what happend in blooper #8? I get it's the game-winning hit, but I guess I don't understand what qualifies it as a blooper? I'm guessing there must be some subtlety that I'm missing..

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    1. Thanks man! Sure...a blooper is just a weak hit that barely goes over the infielder's head and drops in front of the outfielder. I'd say #8 is the most famous blooper in baseball history. And that was the very first World Series that I ever followed...a great one, too.

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  3. Thanks man! Sure...a blooper is just a weak hit that barely goes over the infielder's head and drops in front of the outfielder. I'd say #8 is the most famous blooper in baseball history. And that was the very first World Series that I ever followed...a great one, too.

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  4. That's actually a great point and for some reason I lost Willie Mays (who was originally the reason I was going to make this list) in my search for 10 moments...check back for updates and he will certainly be in there! Thanks for the suggestion.

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