’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Offensive World Series Heroes From The Last 25 Years
With the lasting images of the 2012 World Series firmly engrained in my brain, it got me to thinking about some of the other amazing World Series memories that remain somewhat fresh in my mind as well. Some are due to the attention that they get every post-season, and some are due to the fact that they were performed by a player or team that I cheer for.
I thought it would be fun to try to reach back and review the greatest offensive World Series performances that I can recall. And it took some work….
First, I wanted to limit it to offense only, so there are no pitchers on the list – sorry Curt, Stew, Carp, Smotltzy, etc.
Then, I wanted to make the time period more relevant to my personal memories. I came up with the 25 year mark as that is about how far back I can recall really getting into baseball. It puts us right around the 1986/1987 mark. So, you won’t find Reggie or Tony or Alan on the list.
But, you will find some incredibly awesome memories. Some are fresh and some are old – but they have all left an impact on my baseball memory. Some are memories of a dominant series performance and some are of a dominant game performance.
And now, it is time to dig in!!!
Here we go:
Honorable Mention – Jermaine Dye, Jose Canseco, David Eckstein, Derek Jeter, and Scott Brosious.
10 – Mike Lowell, 2007. Lowell hits .400 in 4 games going 6-for-15 with 3 doubles, 1 home run, 3 RBI, and 6 runs scored.
9 – Manny Ramirez, 2004. Ramirez hit .412 in the 4-game series with 7 hits in 17 at-bats. He was responsible for driving in 4 of the 21 Boston runs.
8 – Paul Molitor, 1993. Molitor hit .500 in the 6-game set going 12 for 24. He has 2 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs in the 6 games while driving in 8 runs and scoring 10 times.
7 – Albert Pujols, 2011 – Game 3. Pujols goes 5-for-6 while hitting three home runs. He drove in six en route to a 16-7 victory.
6 – David Freese, 2011. Freese stole the show in Games 6 & 7 by going 3-for-7 and being responsible for series-extending and series-clinching RBI.
5 – Edgar Renteria, 1997 - Game 7. Renteria plated the winning run in a tie game in the bottom of the 11th inning as the Marlins beat the Cleveland Indians 4 games to 3.
4 – Kirby Puckett, 1987 – Games 6 & 7. Puckett goes 6-for-8 when the Twins return to Minnesota. He scores 4 runs and drives in an additional 2.
3 - Pablo Sandoval, 2012 – Game 1. Sandoval was solid in the 4-game sweep, but it was Game 1 that moved him into ‘Hero’ status. Sandoval went 4-for-4, connecting for three home runs while driving in 4. Two of the home runs came off of the best pitcher in baseball.
2 – Kirk Gibson, 1988 – Game 1. Gibson hit a walk-off home run against the dominant Oakland A’s and the best closer in the game, Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley. The come from behind victory changed the dynamics of the entire series as the Dodgers took control and swept the A’s.
1 – Joe Carter, 1993 – Game 6. Carter lived out every child’s baseball dream. He connected for a series clinching home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give his team the victory. Carter’s joy was amazing to watch, and as he rounded the bases we were all there with him!
Man, that was a lot of fun. Baseball has been a big part of my life for more than 25 years and I really hope that in time it gives to my kids what it has given to me – joy, laughter, sorrow, and triumph!!!
What are some of your greatest offensive memories from the World Series? How do you find my rankings? Would you change anything?
Thanks for reading.