Sports Illustrated's writers on the Best Games They've Ever Seen.: Linked via Metafilter
posted by vito90 to general at 03:14 PM - 11 comments
Homer that I am, I sampled only the Dick Friedman piece on Russel's non-block and Bill Trocchi's memory of the '04 World Series game 4. I was sitting in a motel room in Clarksville, TN, watching the game in 2004. Incredibly, I had the same thought as Trocchi at the same moment. Up by 3 with 5 outs left, what will happen this time? Did the baseball deities get stuck in a long bathroom line and miss their cue? Red Sox fans will never know, and really don't care. As more comments come in, I'll have to revisit the link and check out everyone's favorites. Thanks, vito90
posted by Howard_T at 03:39 PM on July 26
Maybe not the best game I've ever seen but very close to it is the blast send into china from Albert Pujols in the 2005 NLCS game 5. How clutch was that!
posted by cmsickman at 03:56 PM on July 26
What?! No mention of the epic Phins - Chargers playoff tilt in '82? Good thing I don't take Sports Illustrated very seriously anymore, or I'd be pissed.
posted by The_Black_Hand at 04:38 PM on July 26
That is the sort of stuff I cut and paste into a text file to create a "book" to put on one of my portable devices to read. I love stuff like this.
posted by Drood at 05:31 PM on July 26
What?! No mention of the epic Phins - Chargers playoff tilt in '82? Good thing I don't take Sports Illustrated very seriously anymore, or I'd be pissed Maybe none of the writers were there in person.
posted by GOD at 07:26 PM on July 26
the blast send into china from Albert Pujols in the 2005 NLCS game 5 Spooky. I don't see much baseball, but I was actually watching that hit from a hotel room in Beijing. Cue: Theme from Twilight Zone.
posted by owlhouse at 07:30 PM on July 26
Just curious, Vito, what your "best game" was, seeing as how we are both NW'ers. I'd love to say "The Double" or "The NFC Championship Game" or "The Sonics World Championship run" but, alas, the games I attended were just your ordinary, didn't decide anything but still good memories type of games. Oh, to live vicariously through others. -sigh-
posted by THX-1138 at 08:21 PM on July 26
thanks vito. this post has inspired me to finally upload my crappy throw-away camera photos from the best game i've ever seen, which also made the list. i think i bought tickets to the game in December, the day they announced it would be Yogi Berra Day. i was mainly looking forward to the pre-game festivities. Yogi is my all-time favorite Yankee and he was finally coming back to the Stadium after his feud with the Boss. i didn't know much about Montreal, nor did i really care much about them (sorry qbert). although my dad kept going on and on about a particular outfielder for the Expos and told us keep an eye on him, he was supposed to be pretty good. i just wanted to see Yogi. and to have Larsen throw out the first pitch, it just made the day even more special, if that was even possible. my brother had asked to keep score for that game (before i started going to 50+ games a season i tried to keep score at every game i attended). around the 6th inning he nudged me and pointed at the zeros at the bottom of the inning columns. i told him, "yeah i know, now shut up and don't jinx it". by the 7th or 8th inning the souvenir vendors were walking down the isles with boxes of programs and people were buying them up left and right (which was silly because the programs are just the Yankee Magazines which are the same for the entire month. you can go to the next game and it won't be any different). from the beginning of the 8th inning on, our entire section was standing (as was most of the Stadium). it wasn't anywhere near a sellout crowd but the energy there was just as high as if it was. when the team put Coney up on their shoulders i think i started to cry a bit. i was still numb as i was driving home and for the next couple days at work too.
posted by goddam at 11:22 PM on July 26
Amazing coincidence there, goddam. Don Larsen throws out the first ball on Yogi Berra Day, and the result is perfection. You are fortunate to have been there.
posted by Howard_T at 12:05 PM on July 27
THX-1138, I would have to say three games local to us stand out. None of them would register on a national scale. The first one is the Seahawks first post-season victory over the Miami Dolphins in Miami in 1983, they would lose the next week to the Raiders who would win the Super Bowl. Being a huge UW Husky fan, the one victory that stands out the most is the win over Todd Marinovich's USC team (ranked #5 at the time) 31-0. Marinovich said after the game “All I saw was purple. No jerseys, no numbers, just purple.” And even though I was 8 I still remember Gus Williams hurling the ball in the air after the clinching win against the Bullets in 79.
posted by vito90 at 01:44 PM on July 27
Marinovich said after the game “All I saw was purple. No jerseys, no numbers, just purple.” Y'see, vito, he was talking about that purple-hair psychotropic Guadalajara skunkweed he was hitting before the game. Just purple, man. Just purple.
posted by The_Black_Hand at 10:14 PM on July 27
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