The World Series that ended wasn’t a great World Series.
Yes, I know, people are talking about how it was one of the best of all time. It wasn’t.
Could it be the most memorable of all time? Now we might be on to something.
See, baseball is a great game. Readers of my blog know I am a massive fan. I won’t say this World Series was awful – it wasn’t. It has some amazing performances. There were great individual and team moments. The two teams with the longest World Series championship drought were battling. But greatest … ? No.
But this World Series isn’t going to be remembered for the play on the field, it’s going to be remembered for the moment that came at the end when the Cubs won the championship for the first time since 1908. That’s a moment. It was a special moment. There are generations of Cubs fans celebrating this championship. And it doesn’t matter to them if it was slick fielding, dominant pitching or something else — all they care about is the end result.
That’s a moment. Moments make for some dramatic times and some great memories. Moments don’t always equate into the best games.
Many might not remember this one – but Game 7 of the 1991 World Series was a great game. Jack Morris (who should be a Hall of Famer) vs. John Smoltz. Amazing. Morris went 10 (yes, 10) innings to win, 1-0.
How crazy is that?
Let’s put that into perspective. Only three times in the 2016 World Series did a starting pitcher reach six complete innings – Corey Kluber twice (games 1 and 4) and Jon Lester (game 5). To me, that means managers overmanaging or there was some awful pitching. For the record, it’s the first choice.
Don’t get me wrong, the World Series was exciting.
But there were as many bad decisions as there were good. There was a full lack in confidence in some players. And seriously … if the World Series comes down to Michael Martinez hitting with the tying run in the bottom of the 10th … and there are no other choices?
I’m a Phillies fan. I know all about Michael Martinez.
In the end, this was very memorable. The Cubs are no longer lovable losers. Both teams could be back again next year.
People will remember the biggest moment in Cubs history when they think of the 2016 World Series. But a great series? Not so much. Most memorable? There’s definitely an argument for that.
Now … how long until pitchers and catchers report?