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New York/Boston Finals; Rivalries

February 1, 2012

There is a glorious history,  involving New York vs Boston major sports league finals. None of that history includes the Yankees vs the Red Sox, as they have both been in the same league for well over 100 years and baseball, thankfully, has never adopted an intra-league World Series. (They have implemented enough bad stuff but that is a subject for a different day.)

Twice, Boston and New York teams met in The World Series and those series, contested 74 years apart in1912 and 1986, were the first two World Series in which a team facing elimination and down to its last half inning rallied to win the game and eventually the championship. In 1912, when the Red Sox beat the New York Giants (yes there was a New York Giants baseball team until they moved to San Francisco after the 1957 season) in the decisive 8th game of the World Series, (one tie) they rallied facing elimination in the final game and won the Title right there.  When the Mets staged their incredible 2 out, no one on rally facing elimination and down ( 5-3 ) in the bottom of the 10th inning, it was Game 6 of the World Series. The Mets still had to win Game 7,  which they did two nights later, overcoming a 3-0 deficit as late as the 6th inning in that game.

Since then three more teams have rallied to win the Baseball title despite facing elimination in a potential last inning. First the 1997 Florida Marlins, a wild card team, scored a run down (2-1) in the bottom of the 9th inning of Game 7 to tie the game before Edgar Renteria singled home the winning run vs the Cleveland Indians, a team still without a World Series Title since 1948. By the way, Renteria made the last out when the Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years and was Series MVP when the Giants won their first Title in 56 years.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, joined the 1912 Red Sox as the only teams to face elimination down to their last inning and win the World Series in that inning. They did so in the 2001 World Series vs the Yankees and their great relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, as Tony Womack delivered the key hit. Finally, in the most recent World Series, the wild card St.Louis Cardinals, twice down 2 runs and facing elimination in their last potential inning, rallied to tie the score both times. Then Series MVP David Freese, whose 2 out, 2 strike triple tied the game in the bottom of the 9th, won it in the 11th inning of Game 6. The Cardinals, despite trailing 2-0 in the 1st inning,  won relatively easily to win their 11th title in Game 7, the next night.

Andy B

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One Comment
  1. Bobby Depp permalink

    Great writing about last minute comebacks in Major League Baseball.

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