Tonight will be the 37th Game 7 in World Series History. Of course, that includes a Game 8 in the 1912 World Series between the Red Sox and the Giants in a 9 game series. There have been some memorable Game 7’s in the not-so-distant past.
In 2014, Madison Bumgarner of the Giants delivered a pitching performance for the ages throwin five shutout innings in relief (on two days’ rest no less) to clinch the Giants’ third championship with the longest save in postseason history.
In 2011, the Cardinals capitalized on their amazing comeback win against the Rangers in Game 6 – who were twice one strike away from the champagne shower – to secure 11th WS title. But Game 6 was the memorable game in that series.
In 2001, the Diamondbacks stunned the baseball world by defeating the Yankees 3-2 in Game 7. The game featured an epic battle between starters Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling, but was decided when Yankees future HOF closer Mariano Rivera appeared human for a brief moment. Tony Womack tied the score with an RBI double, and Luis Gonzalez’s bloop single won it. Randy Johnson got the save mowing down the Yankees in the 9th inning on zero days rest.
In 1997, in a Game 7 the Indians pray is not repeated tonight, the upstart Marlins won their first championship in only their fifth season. Craig Counsell hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to tie the score and scored the winning run on Edgar Renteria’s 11th-inning walk-off single.
Red will be happy for whichever team breaks its long drought tonight. As with most fans, Red just hopes the game will be exciting.