Please fasten your seat belts, the fascinating, mysterious and magical Game 6 of the World Series has arrived, where anything can happen.
Yes, that game where legends and villains come out, happy endings are written and horror tales are also going to have another chapter in Houston thanks to the Houston Astros’ 9-5 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday at Truist Park.
Carlton Fisk, Kirby Puckett, Mookie Wilson, Joe Carter, Addison Russell, Julio Urías and David Freese inscribed their names as eternal heroes after Game 6 of the World Series, while Bill Buckner, Charlie Leibrandt, Naftalí Feliz and Robb Nen installed the his on the dire list of the Hall of Infamy of Game 6, which also shines first referee Don Derkinger for his jewel from 1985.
What can we expect tonight? A home run in extra innings? A save spoiled by a great reliever? A key mistake to cap off a three-run offense in the ninth? The baseball script is written on the fly and there is no way of knowing. What can be told is what has already happened.
In commemoration of the 35 years of Bill Buckner’s mistake in the 1986 World Series, of the 46 of Carlton Fisk’s homer in 1975, or of the 30 of Kirby Puckett’s hit in 1991, we review, with the help of the baseball portal- reference.com, some of the most memorable Games 6 of the last few years.
1. Game 6, 1986: Between Bill Buckner’s legs
One out. That was all the Boston Red Sox needed to win the World Series in Game 6 of 1986 over the New York Mets. The score was 5-3, closer Calvin Schiraldi had retired the first two batters with seven pitches. The presses of some newspapers had already mounted the plates with the cover that read ‘Boston breaks the hex’ and the champagne boxes were already in the visiting dressing room. A Gary Carter single? No problem, there are still two outs and two runs apart in the bottom of the tenth. What happened next was a Greek tragedy for Boston, which at that time, had 68 years without a win and David Ortiz was only 11 years old: Emerging Kevin Mitchell hit the center-back single, Ray Knight flew off the hill to a nervous Schiraldi with Another single driving Carter in, reliever Bob Stanley gave away the tying shot with a wild pitch and Mookie Wilson hit that harmless first-base grounder that Buckner scoffed for history.
2. 1991 Kirby Puckett’s magic home run
Kirby Puckett is to thank for the home run in the bottom of the eleventh inning off Charlie Leibrandt that turned an unexciting game into a classic. Not just because of the memory of watching him run the bases like a kid as the Atlanta Braves’ starter-turned-occasional reliever came crestfallen from the diamond, but because he set the scene for one of the most memorable Game 7s of the past 30 years: the 1-0 Jack Morris beat John Smoltz to guide the Minnesota Twins to the title. It’s still hard to understand why Leibrandt, a left-hander, was there to face Puckett, one of the best right-handers of his time.
3. 1993: Joe Carter ends the World Series
The same Cleveland Indians who play Game 6 this Tuesday traded Joe Carter in December 1989 to the San Diego Padres for Sandy Alomar and Carlos Baerga, two pieces that led them to the 1995 World Series. Once, he was sent to the Toronto Blue Jays alongside Roberto Alomar in 1990. Three years later, Carter stood at the plate and gave Toronto its second straight title with the second home run to end a World Series in history. The score was 6-5 in favor of the Philadelphia Phillies, who had the effectively wild left-handed closer Mitch Williams (better known as’ Wild Thing ‘, the same nickname as Charlie Sheen’s character in the Indians’ Major League movie ‘) on the hill to save the game that would take them to the decisive one. Williams walked with four pitches to Rickey Henderson and after one out, he allowed a single to center by Paul Molitor. With the score at 2-2, Carter disappeared it – literally – down left field, setting off fireworks in the closed SkyDome and the first World Series celebration with a walk-off home run since Bill Mazeroski in 1960.
4. 1995: Finally, the jewel of Tom Glavine
Of the future members of the Braves’ rotation to reach the Hall of Fame, only John Smoltz (15-4, 2.67, 4 saves) was a postseason titan. Greg Maddux (11-14, 3.27 in October) and Tom Glavine (14-16, 3.30 in playoffs) left Braves fans waiting for more October after October. So there were some doubts with Glavine for Game 6, even though he had won Game 2 with six solid innings. But with no alternatives and five days off, the southpaw brought his best version, cheating inning after inning the mighty Indians hitters, allowing a solo hit (Tony Peña’s single in the fifth), three walks, and fanning. to eight in eight innings. It was necessary, because the Braves’ bats didn’t show up and a lone David Justice home run leading the sixth was all Atlanta needed to win the first and only title of the Bobby Cox era.
5. 2002: Thank you, ‘Rally Monkey’
If you don’t believe in superstitions in baseball, one look at Game 6 of the 2002 World Series can change your mind. The Angels trailed 5-0 in the bottom of the seventh to the San Francisco Giants led by Barry Bonds and appeared to have secured their first World Series title since Willie Mays caught lines from his back to the plate. The fans began to wave with more enthusiasm (or anxiety) the magical stuffed monkey that they brought to the park, more for fun than hope that it would give them the victory. Whether it was ineffectiveness of the Giants’ relievers, or that the charm worked, remains to be seen. The truth is that the Angels, with a three-run homer by Scott Spiezio, a solo homer by Darrin Erstad and a two-run double by Troy Glaus against closer Robb Nen, added six runs in the seventh and eighth innings to win an unlikely sixth game. , en route to his decisive victory in the seventh.
6. 2011: All David Freese
More than an out … a strike. That was all it took for reliever Naftalí Feliz to give the Texas Rangers their first ever title. True, there was a man at first and second for the St. Louis Cardinals, but with two outs and the count at 1-2 … anything can happen. Like David Freese’s triple over Nelson Cruz to tie the game 7-7 and provoke another sixth game of tragicomedy in extra innings. Well, Josh Hamilton gave the Rangers the two-run lead back, so with a 9-7 lead, lightning wouldn’t hit the same spot twice, right? Fake. With three hits and two runs, the Cardinals refused to hand over the series. After all, in a sixth game anything can happen. And it happened. With no outs in the bottom of the eleventh, with the count at 3-2, David Freese (yes, David Freese himself, the triple in the ninth) sent a Mark Lowe fastball over the center field fence to send the series. straight to a seventh game, taking years off the life of Rangers president Nolan Ryan. The Rangers scored two runs in the first inning of Game 7, but St. Louis tied in the bottom with a double by – yes, again – David Freese, en route to a 6-2 victory.
7. 2016: Addison Russell drives the ghosts away
Like the Astros in 2021, the Chicago Cubs had lost two of three home games during the 2016 World Series and stayed alive with an agonizing victory in Game 5. They needed a resounding victory in Game 6 to eliminate all possibility. of goats, black cats, or fanatics appearing to get in the way of a left fielder. Perhaps luckily, the game was held at Progressive Field in Cleveland free of curse. An unexpected hero was missing and Addison Russell, a quiet shortstop and sixth bat, stepped forward with a two-run double in the first inning and a grand slam in the third inning that drove the ghosts away as Jake Arrieta and four relievers, they silenced the Indian bats and paved the way for the no less dramatic Game 7, which crowned the Cubs for the first time in 108 years.
6. 2020: The moment of Julio Urías
In a World Series of a season shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Angeles Dodgers entered the seventh inning of Game 6 with a 3-1 lead, their closer, Kanley Jansen, had blown a Game 4 lead by allowing two runs in the ninth inning, and manager Dave Roberts was looking for other options. So, he brought in that Game 4 starter Julio Urías with two outs in the seventh. The Mexican left-hander not only struck out Yandy Diaz to close the inning, but he looked impressive in the eighth and ninth, striking out three of the last four batters he faced, including Willy Adames to start the Dodgers celebration at neutral. Globe Life Field.