The World Series is a staple of baseball and is something that everyone around the sport looks forward too. The idea of two teams from different leagues competing for the ultimate prize on the biggest stage has given fans so many memorable moments. Especially within baseball, when the playoffs can be categorized as a crap shoot at times, the World Series is a reminder of all the hard work that teams put in through the summer. It’s important to remember what has happened so we can try and predict the future. Plus, it’s always fun to look back and remember some of the better series in recent memory. Here are the top five World Series since the year 2000:
Honorable Mention: 2017 Houston Astros vs Los Angeles Dodgers
-If not for the cheating scandal that came out of this series, it’s likely that this would be in the ranking. However, you can’t forget what happened and the outcome is forever tainted.
- 2019 World Series: Washington Nationals vs Houston Astros
-In one of the more improbable runs to a World Series title, the Washington Nationals found a way to take down the heavy favorite Houston Astros in a classic seven game series. What was weird about this series is that no home teams won any games. Washington won all four matchups in Houston and Houston won the three games in Washington. The pitching in this series was incredible as it showcased Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, and Zach Greinke for the Astros and Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg for the Nationals. Houston took a three to two game series lead heading back to Texas for games six and seven and Washington proceeded to stave off elimination twice and win the World Series. In game seven, the Astros jumped out to a two to nothing lead in the seventh inning only for the Nationals to rally and win the game by a score of six to two. It was one of the more unlikely outcomes but finally got some of the longtime Nationals their World Series title.
Howie Kendrick adds his name to the list of all-time great World Series moments 💪 @Nationals take the lead!
📺: 2019 WS Game 7 on FOX pic.twitter.com/yoasdEdNWL
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 28, 2020
- 2001 World Series: Arizona Diamondbacks vs New York Yankees
-The oldest series on this list but it ranks here because of the outcomes. The Yankees were coming off their fourth title in five years and were looking for number five. Arizona had the pitching staff to compete, but many just expected the juggernaut Yankees to win again. The home teams won every single game in this series including two extra inning wins for New York in games four and five. This series went seven games and four of those seven were decided by one run. It was a pretty evenly matched series for the most part, but the most memorable moment came in game seven. Down two to one in the bottom of the ninth, the Diamondbacks were facing elimination. Yankees legendary closer Mariano Rivera was on the mound, so the odds were stacked against Arizona. Arizona rallied against Rivera, giving him his first blown save in the postseason since 1997. Outfielder Luis Gonzalez lofted a bloop single off Rivera to drive in the winning run, giving Arizona a walk off World Series victory. It was the team first and only World Series in franchise history.
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Throwback to one of the greatest moments: Luis Gonzalez walks it off in Game 7 of the World Series.
The Diamondbacks were (+1000) to win it all at the beginning of the season.pic.twitter.com/CGPQ2ggRmO
— Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) September 9, 2021
- 2011 World Series: St. Louis Cardinals vs Texas Rangers
-This series featured the second straight year that the Rangers made the fall classic but came up short. Notably game six of this series is why it’s so high on this list. It was a back-and-forth game in which St. Louis erased a two-run deficit both in the bottom of the ninth inning and then again in the 10th. The fight from the Cardinals really stood out and showed why they deserved to ultimately win the series in seven games. It was a heartbreaking way to go out for the Rangers as they had two different chances to close out the Cardinals but came up just short. St. Louis behind Albert Pujols earned another World Series title and helped make this a classic series.
“We will see you tomorrow night!”
Emulating his father, Joe Buck gave voice to David Freese’s stunning walk-off homer for the @Cardinals in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series.
What’s your favorite call ever? pic.twitter.com/2a6Z8exAPE
— National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum ⚾ (@baseballhall) August 3, 2021