Top 5 MLB Games of All Time


By Ethan Carey, Sports Editor

During this weird time, there are rumors that the 2020 MLB season could possibly be canceled, but without a doubt will be shortened. This is heartbreaking to millions of baseball fans around the world but to make up for all the missed games, here are five of the best baseball games to ever take place. ESPN has played back some of these games on TV in recent weeks and for a good reason, they are entertaining from beginning to end.

5. Astros vs. Cubs, May 6, 1998

As one of the most memorable games for Cubs fans, a lot of people in the sports world know what happened on this day when young 20-year-old rookie Kerry Wood took the mound on this rainy day and made history. Wood pitched against one of the best hitting lineups in Astros history including legendary hitters like Craig Biggio. Wood went on to make history after striking out 20 batters tieing the major league record and almost threw a perfect game if it wasn’t for a borderline base hit early in the first half of the game. Unfortunately, Wood would never pitch a game as eventful as this again but will always be remembered by Cubs fans as one of the best pitchers to play for their team.

4. 2010 NLDS Game 1

Another ridiculous pitching performance came in the postseason back in 2010 when Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay pitched one of the only postseason no-hitters in MLB history. Unfortunately, Halladay passed away back in 2017 and will always be remembered for this dominant pitching performance. Halladay is without a doubt a hall of fame caliber pitcher and has been one of the best since he started his career. Earlier in that same season, “Doc” pitched a perfect game making the 2010 season roughly the best of his career.

3. 2015 ALDS Game 5

One of the most hyped and controversial games in baseball history, the Rangers took on the Blue Jays for the final game of the ALDS. The Rangers struck first putting 2 runs up in the first three innings but the Blue Jays weren’t ready for their season to end yet. “The Unforgettable 7th Inning” will be remembered by Toronto baseball fans for as long as they can remember. It started with the Rangers getting across a run that the Jays were not happy about putting the Rangers on top 3-2. During the bottom of the inning, however, the blue jays were able to put a couple of runners on base thanks to errors committed by the Rangers. After tieing the game 3-3, with runners on first and third, outfielder Jose Bautista hit an absolute bomb to left field with one of the most well-known bat flips around the league putting the Jays up 6-3 and ultimately giving them the win advanced them to the ALCS.

2. 2011 World Series Game 6

Another late-game clutch performance against the Texas Rangers, the Cardinals and specifically David Freese were able to rally in the last inning to send the game into extras and in the end, win it all. Freese hit a super clutch 2 out triple in the 9th inning to tie the game and send it into extra innings. In the 10th inning, each team scored 2 runs but Freese wasn’t done yet. In the 11th inning, Freese was up to bat again and sent the ball deep to center field winning the game for the Cardinals pushing game 7 where the Cardinals would win it all and Freese would win MVP of the series.

1. 2016 World Series Game 7

Arguably the most exciting and anxiety written baseball game in the whole sport, game 7 between the Indians and Cubs was a dogfight to the very end with the Cubs coming out on top winning their first World Series in over 100 years. Many people didn’t think the Cubs would make it this far after going down 3-1 in the series but they wouldn’t give up and pushed for game 7. It was back and forth the entire game with clutch hitting and pitching coming from both teams. This game too was also pushed into extras where clutch hitting by Ben Zobrist finally put the Cubs on top allowing Mike Montgomery to close the door on the Indians sealing the World Series title for the Cubs. I would encourage any sports fans to rewatch this game or watch it for the first as it is the best example of how exciting the game of baseball can truly be.

One can only hope that baseball will return in the near future and to keep your hopes up and be even more excited for the upcoming 2020 season, I would encourage anyone to go back and rewatch these legendary games.