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Best Regular Season Game Ever??
Posted by Dave Regan at 9/20/2006 10:30:00 AM
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Based on that title, most of you I'm sure know that I am referring to Monday night's epic Dodgers/Padres game. Back-to-back-to-back-to-back homers in the ninth, surrendering the lead in the top of the 10th, and then a walk-off two-run shot by Nomar to win it in the bottom half of the 10th. The game of course featured several improbable moments, including a 5-for-5, 2 HR effort from the seemingly-rejuvenated Marlon Anderson. Also, Takasi Saito hadn't allowed an earned run since August 10, but surrendered three in the ninth in this one. The most shocking moment however, had to be Trevor Hoffman giving up homers on back-to-back pitches to Russell Martin and Marlon Anderson. How unlikely was that? Well considering Hoffman had entered the inning having given up two homers in 55 innings all year, I'd say HIGHLY unikely. As a Dodgers fan, there have been several moments to choose from in recent years, but this one is right up there with Finley's grand slam, Kevin Brown destroying a toilet in the clubhouse, Nomo's no-hitter in Coors Field, and Jose Lima singing the national anthem.


Let's not get carried away. Dramatic, yes. The best game ever? No.

Posted by Jason Thornbury at 9/20/2006 4:49:00 PM
It was better than the Jags-Steelers game. I hate myself for watching the wrong one.
Posted by spianow at 9/20/2006 7:12:00 PM
Considering that individual regular-season games are mostly worthless, I don't think that we can discount Dave's opinion.

I would put it on par with the Ryne Sandberg game against the Cardinals, thought by many to be one of the best regular-season games of all time. It's possible the Padres-Dodgers rivalry isn't as strong and, therefore, makes this game a little less great.

I think it is better than the 9-0 Orel Hershiser shutout of the Cubs highlighted by Sid Bream's two home runs.

I would also put it ahead of the Yankees-Rangers game that stopped Don Mattingly's streak of consecutive games with a home run. It was highlighted by pitcher Bobby Witt pinch hitting and nearly hitting a home run.

But those second two only make the list because I went to them.
Posted by jarnold at 9/21/2006 1:43:00 PM

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