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Tonight is game seven of the World Series. To you what are the greatest or favorite game seven you've ever seen?

 

To me '91 and '01 World Series are the greatest. With 2011 being the greatest moment when Luis Gonzalez hit the game winner from Mariano Rivera. Still get goose bumps when I see that hit.

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Biased, of course, but the 1991 World Series.  I just heard on Mike & Mike this AM that it had 50,000,000 viewers or something.  Given that neither team was the Cubs or the Yankees (the Braves were sort of a budding America's Team, but not there yet), I suspect it was on the strength of how many great games had already occurred (three walk-offs, plus games 1 and 2 fairly close.  One bad game; a blowout in ATL).  Anyhow, Jack Morris's performance (which by the way was after pitching Games 1 and 4; like Kluber tonight), was for the ages.  I don't anticipate that ever happening again, given the quick hooks we now see in the postseason and the outstanding middle relievers that have become more frequent.

 

By the middle innings, every single pitch felt like it could result in the game's only run.  It must have been awesome for neutral fans; it only became awesome for me in reflection (i.e., it was nerve-wracking).

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1 hour ago, the admiral said:

Golden State-Cleveland, Finals 2016

Boston-New York, ALCS 2003 (2004's was a dud)

 

Those two are the first two games I thought of when I saw the thread. Being the Red Sox hater that I am, Boone's HR in 2003 will always be one of my all time favorite baseball moments. Here few others that I remember being pretty damned good - at least that's how I remember them. 

 

Pistons - Lakers 1988 NBA Finals

Reds - Red Sox 1975 World Series (Little kid me loved Red Sox misery too. Someday, I'll figure out why I've always hated the Red Sox)

Hawks - Celtics - 1988 NBA Playoffs

 

And of course, one of my all time favorites...

 

Devils - Rangers 1994 Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Finals

 

 

 

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All baseball, in this order. Some bias included. No doubt about it. 

 

2014 - I thought I was actually going to die when Gordon hit that triple. 

 

2001 - I was SO happy to see the Yankees finally drop a World Series. And to the wacky D Backs, of all teams. 

 

1997 - I was pulling for the Marlins (probably the last time that's ever happened) in a room full of Northern Nevadans all rooting for Matt Williams and the Indians. I bet with a neighbor on the game, and he ended up paying me in a Marlins 59Fifty with the World Series patch, just like the players wear (basically what started my yearly collection of World Series 59Fiftys). I still have that Marlins World Series cap somewhere at my parents house. NO IDEA where he found it in Carson City. 

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1 hour ago, OnWis97 said:

Biased, of course, but the 1991 World Series.  I just heard on Mike & Mike this AM that it had 50,000,000 viewers or something.  Given that neither team was the Cubs or the Yankees (the Braves were sort of a budding America's Team, but not there yet), I suspect it was on the strength of how many great games had already occurred (three walk-offs, plus games 1 and 2 fairly close.  One bad game; a blowout in ATL).  Anyhow, Jack Morris's performance (which by the way was after pitching Games 1 and 4; like Kluber tonight), was for the ages.  I don't anticipate that ever happening again, given the quick hooks we now see in the postseason and the outstanding middle relievers that have become more frequent.

 

By the middle innings, every single pitch felt like it could result in the game's only run.  It must have been awesome for neutral fans; it only became awesome for me in reflection (i.e., it was nerve-wracking).

I was on the opposite side of this, but can echo everything else.  Great 7th game, great series.  I was only 7 at the time and can't vividly remember it, but I remember just how pressure-filled it was.  And you're right....you'll never see a pitcher go ten innings again, not with the money tied into pitching today.

 

Obviously, my favorite Game 7 is the 1992 NLCS.  Leyland should have never taken Drebek out.  Any baseball fan surely remembers "when Sid slid".

 

Others that stand out to me are the 1997 World Series when the Marlins walked off in extras over the Indians, as well as the 2009 ECQF between the New Jersey Devils and the Carolina Hurricanes.  It was such a close series to begin with, and the way Game 7 finished was incredible.  The Devils were up 3-2 with about 2 minutes left, and Carolina puts on the offensive pressure big-time and ties it up with like 1:20 left.  Then, with about 40 seconds left, Carolina scores again to take the lead and they hold on to win.  (Carolina had a really similar series with Boston in the next round, I believe.)

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I'm pretty young, so I haven't seen a whole lot of game 7s, but I do have a few...

 

3. After watching the Wild lose, the way they did in game 6 in Semifinals, of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs I hated the Blackhawks a little more than usual...  (like 101% compared to 100%) So it was nice to see the Hawks lose in the next round to the Kings... Drew Doughty's reaction to the goal and falling off the bench right after was pretty funny too...

 

2. The Hawks-Blues game from the first round in the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs, was also a lot of fun to watch. From the Hawks multiple posts, to a pretty crappy game winner for St. Louis, a super fast paced game, and a beautiful uniform match-up, (Not as good as St. Louis @ Chicago, though) it was just tons of fun to watch!

 

1. And of course, my number one is in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Minnesota Wild vs. The Colorado Avalanche. The whole series was crazy, and had huge ups and downs... The Wild losing games 1 and 5 in some questionable goaltender-pulling and questionable reffing. And then the amazing victory in OT with Granlund's winner, and the late game 6 tip in by Parise which eventually stood as the game winner. (Roy then pulled Varlamov pretty much instantly, even though there was a few minutes left. The Wild scored TWO empty-net goals, having Roy's plan backfire on him. :D) The whole series was built up to a crazy game seven, where the Wild and Avs exchanged goals until it was 4-4. After each Avs goals, it felt like it was for sure, the end of the season for Minnesota... But somehow we tied it up 4 different times. Spurges's goal with two minutes left was a great play to tie it at 4. Then Nino's PING in OT sealed the deal. Every time I hear about that game, or see a video of it, I can just hear the "PING" "SCOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORRRESS!!!!" It was just wonderful! 

 

 

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Recency bias, but Cavs/Warriors was pretty incredible. The last quarter was among the most tense games I've ever seen.

 

The 2001 World Series killed my baseball fandom forever, but it was an exciting game.

 

The 2000 WCF between the Portland Trailblazers and LA Lakers featured the most exciting comeback in an NBA game 7 I can think of. It also killed the Blazers as a title contender.

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As a Boston guy I have to say '04 Red Sox for what it represented, even though it wasn't a great game.

In terms of pure game, I would say any of the game 7's from the Bruin's back in 11, especially the one againts the Leafs

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25 minutes ago, Bucfan56 said:

 

Yeah, it's tough to watch such a long-suffering team lose like that. 

 

A Giants fan saying this is hilarious.

 

Before 2001 I was a Yankees and baseball fan. After that -- and their subsequent signing of Jason Giambi -- I realized the game was rigged beyond repair. That they didn't win with Giambi was immaterial; they lost via slingshot and got a bazooka in response. I was actively rooting against them in 2003. By 2009, I basically stopped watching altogether. The 2001 run just crystallized the bad economics of MLB. If they've improved since then I don't know.

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8 minutes ago, DG_Now said:

 

A Giants fan saying this is hilarious.

 

Before 2001 I was a Yankees and baseball fan. After that -- and their subsequent signing of Jason Giambi -- I realized the game was rigged beyond repair. That they didn't win with Giambi was immaterial; they lost via slingshot and got a bazooka in response. I was actively rooting against them in 2003. By 2009, I basically stopped watching altogether. The 2001 run just crystallized the bad economics of MLB. If they've improved since then I don't know.

 

 

You're a very strange fan. 

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Possibly my favorite moment as a fan. New arena. New uniforms. New era. Dominik Hasek was in his Hart Trophy form. It's such a perfect playoff hockey moment. The line between winning and losing is the tiniest flub off of Tugnutt's glove. Tugnutt gives the perfect reaction, too.

 

 

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