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MikeThierry
02-14-2011, 12:53 AM
MLB Network is counting down the best games in the modern era. I would like to ask you all what are your favorite or best games you have seen. I make no bones about it, I'm an unabashed Cardinals fan so some of my choices are going to be around the Cardinals. I am also 27 so most of my choices will probably be from 95-present:


2006 NLCS, game 7, Cardinals vs. Mets: This might be the best game I have ever seen and it actually might be on the official MLB Networks list. This game had everything you wanted. Great plays, clutch moments, etc. The most memorable thing about this game is Wainwright (aka Cold Blooded Assassin) striking Beltran out looking with the bases loaded, sending the Cards to the World Series.

Halladay no hits the Reds: Though I had no real dog in the fight from this series, I was kind of rooting for the Reds because of the NL Central affiliation. Still, that might have been one of the best pitching performances I have ever seen considering the situation.

Tigers vs. Twins 09 play in game: Another game that went down to the wire with a clutch hit from Alexi Cassilla to put the Twins in the playoffs.

Yankees vs D-backs, game 7 2001 World Series: Not only was this a great game but it had a larger significance behind it. Overall, it was a brilliant series start to finish but this is the sort of game that stands out because of the attacks on September 11th. Baseball, at this time, was almost a comfort for America and this single game embodied that American spirit. The D-backs were down 2-1 in the 9th going up against Rivera. Womack ties the game and Luis Gonzalez gets a game winning hit with the bases loaded. This is one of the few times where the circumstances elevated it to more than just a game.

20 inning game Mets vs. Cardinals: I don't know if this would qualify as one of the best games I have seen but it was very interesting and kind of fun to watch. You almost wanted to keep it going. What was missed in this game is the brilliant pitching performance by rookie Jaime Garcia. I don't think he gave up a hit until the 7th inning.

Dodgers vs Cardinals July 29, 2009: I loved this game. There were heroics on both sides. Brilliant pitching, key defensive plays (even from Manny of all people), and a game winning hit by Pujols capped off this game. I found the recap from ESPN and if you read it, it will give you greater detail. It should be noted that there were over 3200 comments from fans on this game.

http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=290729124

The Operator
02-14-2011, 01:00 AM
Two games I've been in attendance for stick out to me:

Opening Day 2005, Reds vs. Mets: Adam Dunn hits two home runs including the game-tying shot in the bottom of the 9th inning. Joe Randa then sends us all home happy with a walk-off home run.

Aroldis Chapman's MLB Debut: The park wasn't even full that night against The Brewers but there was a buzz in the air unlike any I had really ever experienced at the park. When he started warming up, the place went crazy. When he came in the game, crazier. It was just a fun night to be at the park, and, The Reds won and moved another game ahead of The Cardinals. :cool:

MikeThierry
02-14-2011, 01:14 AM
By the way, here is a list of the nominations the MLB Network is using:

http://mlb.mlb.com/network/greatest_games/index.jsp

The Operator
02-14-2011, 02:20 AM
I'm going to second you on Game 7 of the 2001 World Series also, Mike.

That was a game for the ages. I can remember watching that in my basement with my dad like it was yesterday.

919191
02-14-2011, 03:11 AM
By the way, here is a list of the nominations the MLB Network is using:

http://mlb.mlb.com/network/greatest_games/index.jsp

Second row in the middle. It says "Reds win on Bench's shot"..Looks like someone didn't do their homework.

mth123
02-14-2011, 04:18 AM
My best game in person was a double header against the Braves at Crosley Field on May 17th, 1970 when the legend of the Big Red Machine was in its infancy. (Man I'm old.)

In the first game the Reds crusied to a win. Pete Rose and Tony Perez hit HR.

The second game was the great one though. Hank Aaron got his 3000th career hit in the 1st inning (an RBI single) and hit 2 run HR later as the Braves jumped ahead early. The Reds battled back and tied it in the 8th on a solo HR by Pete Rose. The Braves scored three in the top of the 10th and lt looked like a loss. The Reds came back when Johnny Bench (who started this game as the Reds' Centerfielder BTW) hit a 2 run HR in the bottom of the 10th and then tied it when Lee May followed Bench with a HR in the same place. We were sitting in the bleachers in RF and both HR landed just a couple rows in front of us. The Reds won it in the bottom of the 15th when Don Gullett singled home Dave Concepcion. This game also marked the ending of Rico Carty's 30 game hitting streak that opened the 1970 season. Up to that point in the year, the MVP talk was focused primarily on Carty and Tony Perez so this was a bit of a showdown. While Carty was having his streak broken, Perez homered in game 1 and had 5 hits in game 2.

If a day like that and a game like that second game happened today with all the media coverage, it would have its highlights shown for weeks and it would be legendary on Redszone.

Here's a link:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CIN/CIN197005172.shtml

mth123
02-14-2011, 04:24 AM
On TV:

Game 5 of the 72 play-offs against the Pirates when Bench homered to tie it in the bottom of the 9th and Foster scored the winning run on a wild pitch to send the Reds to the series. Game 7 in 1975 with Perez homering off of Bill Lee's blooper pitch (see my avatar) and the Reds winning the championship qualifies.

Non-Reds would have to be Kirk Gibson's PH HR off of Eckersely in the 1988 series.

RedsBaron
02-14-2011, 07:45 AM
The Best Game I Ever Saw is a two parter, with part one only made bearable by the sequel. Game Six of the 1975 World Series remains, on the merits, the Greatest Game I Ever Saw, but I couldn't stand to even type those words had there not been Game Seven of the 1975 World Series, a great game in its own right.
I watched a lot of great games over the years and a lot of them are on the MLB network list, including the Red Sox victory over the Twins on the final day of the 1967 season with Boston fans mobbing Jim Lonborg after the win, the 1967 All Star game won by a Perez HR, the 1970 All Star game capped by Rose bowling over Fosse, the tense game seven win by the Pirates over the Orioles in game seven of the 1971 World Series, the Reds victory over Pittsburgh in game five of the 1972 NLCs featuring Bench's game tying HR, the Reds two victories in the 1973 NLCS which featured game winning HRs each time, the Bucky ********* Dent Yankees playoff win in 1978, game five of the 1980 NLCS, game seven of the 1991 World Series with Morris's ten inning shutout, game five of the 1992 NLCS with Sid Bream's winning slide, game seven of the 2001 World Series, etc.

medford
02-14-2011, 09:31 AM
tough it would never make the list, basically b/c it was a meaningless game in the middle of the summer (I think), but the inside the park "walk-off" homer game by Junior was hands down the most fun game I've ever witnessed in baseball. There was the Pujols bomb over the black wall in CF in old Cinergy, the first one to clear that wall I believe, where my buddy & I were discussing prior to the game if we ever thought a ball could clear that thing. There was a game tying homer in the 8th or 9th by Kelly Stinett, the knock down of the Cardinals 2b (I sould remember the name, he was pretty important to them, but it escapes me now), then the blast to left CF, where Edmunds just missed it, and Junior circled the bases to win it in 10.

MikeThierry
02-14-2011, 10:30 AM
medford, speaking of Pujols bombs, I can't believe I left this off my list. Game 5 (I believe) 2005 NLCS Cardinals vs. Astros. Pujols was up with two outs in the ninth. If he fails, the Astros win the NLCS and go onto the World Series. He is facing Brad Lidge who, at that time, was almost untouchable as a closer. The go ahead runs are on base. Lidge throws a slider I believe and Pujols hits one of the farthest home runs I have ever seen. That ball might still be going. One of the top ten clutch moments on my list. While the Cardinals lose the next day and the White Sox go onto beat the Astros in the World Series, that homerun is still probably more remembered than the eventual outcome of that series or that preceding World Series.




I'm going to second you on Game 7 of the 2001 World Series also, Mike.

That was a game for the ages. I can remember watching that in my basement with my dad like it was yesterday.

Yeah, that was a very special series. It just made you feel good. It is also the first time I was actually rooting for the Yankees. That year, it was OK to root for all New York teams.

Edskin
02-14-2011, 11:11 AM
No mention of any of the games from the 1986 post season? Game 5 of the ALCS? Game 6 of the NLCS? Game 6 of the WS? All classics.

MikeThierry
02-14-2011, 11:18 AM
Edskin, i wasn't cognizant of my own existence in 1986 so I cannot comment on those.

cumberlandreds
02-14-2011, 12:10 PM
No mention of any of the games from the 1986 post season? Game 5 of the ALCS? Game 6 of the NLCS? Game 6 of the WS? All classics.

That game 5 of the ALCS is still one of the most dramatic games I have ever seen. 1986 for some reason did have a bunch of great games. I have quite a few of those post season games on some old VHS tapes.

Dan
02-14-2011, 12:26 PM
Best game on TV? Game 4 of the 1990 NLCS (LF Davis throws out Bonilla from CF), followed closely by game 1 of the 1990 WS.

Best game I was at? When Pete broke Ty Cobb's record.

cumberlandreds
02-14-2011, 12:27 PM
For a game 7 of a World Series 1991 doesn't get much better,IMO. 2001 and 1975 isn't far behind either. It's really hard to narrow down all the great games over time. Just way too many of them.

reds1869
02-14-2011, 12:37 PM
It was an utterly meaningless contest, but I'll never forget Adam Dunn's walk-off grand slam to complete an improbable rally against the Tribe on 6/30/06. The Reds were down 7-0 after seven and came back to win 9-8. I was sorting through some things yesterday and came across my ticket; the memory just came flooding back and likely always will.

Roy Tucker
02-14-2011, 01:43 PM
My best game in person was a double header against the Braves at Crosley Field on May 17th, 1970 when the legend of the Big Red Machine was in its infancy. (Man I'm old.)



Hey, I was at that DH too. I was about ready to graduate from Centerville HS and took my little brother. It was SRO and we didn't get to sit down till the second game.

I suppose because I was a long-hair hippie that some guy asked me "hey man you want to buy some reefer?". Being the white suburbanite kid I was, I said "no thank you".

Edd Roush
02-14-2011, 01:45 PM
It was an utterly meaningless contest, but I'll never forget Adam Dunn's walk-off grand slam to complete an improbable rally against the Tribe on 6/30/06. The Reds were down 7-0 after seven and came back to win 9-8. I was sorting through some things yesterday and came across my ticket; the memory just came flooding back and likely always will.

I was just about to post the same thing. What an amazing game. Didn't hurt that the fireworks show afterwards was outstanding.

The other game I was going to include was the Civil Rights game last year. From the awesome pre-game ceremonies including the Say Hey kid until when Cabrera made the perfect relay throw to nail Schumaker at the plate, that was an amazing day to be a Reds' fan. The buzz after that game made me feel like there was something different about last year's team.

Another game I can't believe was mentioned was the Jay Bruce walk-off home run game. I have never had a better feeling walking out of the ballpark then on that day. I have never seen strangers giving other strangers so many high fives.