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_Jordan - Wednesday, October 08 2003 @ 02:50 PM EDT (#88665) #
1985: Kansas City over Toronto

Off with 'is head!

Actually, this was a tough vote. In the end, I went with the '86 ALCS. Not just for the remarkable drama, including the Dave Henderson Show, but for the players who appeared for both clubs:

Don Baylor
Wade Boggs
Bob Boone
Bill Buckner
John Candelaria
Roger Clemens
Bruce Hurst
Jim Rice
Dwight Evans
Chuck Finley
Bobby Grich
Reggie Jackson
Wally Joyner
Don Sutton

Not that the other LCS, between the Mets and Astros, was shabby either, roster-wise:

Gary Carter
Jose Cruz Sr.
Ron Darling
Lenny Dykstra
Phil Garner
Dwight Gooden
Keith Hernandez
Davey Lopes
Jesse Orosco
Nolan Ryan
Mike Scott
Darryl Strawberry

Has there ever been a post-season with this many stars and superstars?

Mike D - Wednesday, October 08 2003 @ 03:07 PM EDT (#88666) #
Sorry, Jordan. You know I hated to include '85. But it was undeniably a tense, exciting series.

This postseason has been great thus far, but it has a long way to go before it reaches the quality and drama of the 1986 playoffs.
Craig B - Wednesday, October 08 2003 @ 03:29 PM EDT (#88667) #
I agree with Jordan that the 1986 ALCS wins by a hair... over 1991 and yes, 1985. The '86 ALCS is possibly the most dramatic series I ever remember watching and it was played at an incredibly high level as well (unlike, say, last night's game, which was still played OK).

Also, Jordan, given the plethora of young pitching talent on display in this NLCS (Beckett, Willis, Prior, and Zambrano... and Wood and Redman still have a lot ahead of them) we could remember this as the beginning of a great era in ten or fifteen years from now. Beckett and Prior have a chance to be the Maddux and Clemens of their generation. Plus the NLCS has Sammy Sosa and Ivan Rodriguez and the awesome young talent of Miguel Cabrera, and a veteran star in Kenny Lofton.

Then look at the talent in the other series... Clemens, Pettitte, Martinez, and Mussina; Kim and Rivera; Ramirez and Garciaparra; Jeter, Soriano, Posada and Bernie Williams; Hideki Matsui who still may do great things; and all those big bats in the Red Sox lineup too. Phew! Plus, it's been a terrific series.
_Shrike - Wednesday, October 08 2003 @ 05:44 PM EDT (#88668) #
Craig, in case you weren't aware, Boston has left BK Kim off the ALCS roster.
_A - Wednesday, October 08 2003 @ 06:39 PM EDT (#88669) #
I was rather young and extremely biased but I remember being on the edge of my seat constantly in 1992 when the Jays beat Oakland.
Pepper Moffatt - Wednesday, October 08 2003 @ 06:51 PM EDT (#88670) #
The 1994 NLCS beats them all. Sean Berry's towering homerun against Jose Rijo in Game 1. John Wetteland coming in with the bases loaded and striking out Hal Morris in Game 3. What about Larry Walker throwing out Barry Larkin at home in Game 4.

Yep. Best NLCS ever. Or atleast, it would have been.
Craig B - Thursday, October 09 2003 @ 08:52 AM EDT (#88671) #
Yeah, Sean... found that out last night. I hope he's OK and that the shoulder problem isn't serious, he's a great young pitcher.
_Mick - Friday, October 10 2003 @ 12:19 PM EDT (#88672) #
Mike, I couldn't vote for '94 because Larkin clearly beat Walker's throw. Worst call I've ever seen.

And how can you not mention Tom Browning losing his perfect game in Game 2 on the one-out, ninth-inning bunt single by Freddie Freaking Benavides?
Craig B - Friday, October 10 2003 @ 03:10 PM EDT (#88673) #
I wish people wouldn't talk about '94, I still can't get over the way thety manhandled in the World Series. I mean JULIO FREAKIN' FRANCO?!?
Mike D - Friday, October 10 2003 @ 04:55 PM EDT (#88674) #
I agree with Craig -- 1994 was a depressing World Series. There's just no way Darrin Jackson should have a ring.
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