The League Championship Series is a clear indicator that anything can happen in baseball. The MLB playoffs are full of players and teams having defining moments. It’s the final showdown before each league readies itself for the World Series. For now, though, let’s go back to some of the greatest League Championship Series moments that were clearly an act of God. It’s worth repeating again: anything can happen.
In another battle between the Yankees and Red Sox, Game Seven of the 2003 ALCS was nerve racking as hell. The Yankees would take down Pedro Martinez to score three runs in the bottom of the eighth to force extra innings. Pinch-hitter Aaron Boone stepped into the batter’s box and took a Tim Wakefield knuckleball deep to send the Yankees to another World Series.
One strike away from their seasoning ending, Albert Pujols would show off his postseason clutchness against the Astros. With runners in scoring position, Pujols made sure the pitch from Brad Lidge would go deep, and when I say deep, we’re talking about the ball being blasted OVER the train tracks at Minute Maid Park. It kept the Cardinals season alive, but most notable was Andy Pettite’s reaction.
Something historically profound would happen in this ALCS. Roberto Alomar homered to tie Game Four against the A’s after the Blue Jays came back from a 6-1 deficit. To many Blue Jays fans, it is one of the biggest hits in franchise history because it set the stage for Canada’s first world championship in baseball.
Up two games to one over the Dodgers in the 2009 NLCS, the Phillies went on a comeback spree thanks to Jimmy Rollins. With two runners on and two out in the bottom of the ninth, Rollins took a Jonathan Broxton pitch into the right-centerfield gap, scoring both runs, and giving the Phillies a 3-1 series lead. The heroics would help them close it out in Game Five to advanced to their second consecutive Fall Classic.