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2011 World Series best in a decade

Posted on: October 29, 2011 12:03 am
Edited on: October 29, 2011 12:26 am
 
By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Cardinals are the World Series champions, but for one of the few times in recent memory, baseball fans were rewarded with an exciting, entertaining World Series. Looking over the last 10 World Series, there have been some stinkers -- good storylines, but often better storylines than games. Here's looking at the last 10 World Series and ranking them by what happened on the field and on the field only, with 2011, of course, leading the way in a landslide.

1. 2011: Cardinals over Rangers in 7

MVP: David Freese
What it's remembered for: Well, we'll see -- it could be Chris Carpenter's gutty Game 7 effort, Albert Pujols' historic Game 3 performance, David Freese's Game 6 heroics, Tony La Russa's Game 5 blunders, the Cardinals' rally from being down to their last strike twice in Game 6 or even Mike Napoli's amazing series. It's probably too early to tell -- just like it's to early to tell where this one will fall in the list of all-time great series, but we do know for sure right now that it's the best we've seen in a while.



2. 2002: Angels over Giants in 7
MVP: Troy Glaus
What it's remembered for: With the Giants just eight outs from the title, manager Dusty Baker pulled Russ Ortiz with one out in the seventh after back-to-back singles. Baker handed Ortiz the game ball before sending him back to the dugout before Scott Spiezio hit a three-run homer off of Felix Rodriguez. The Angeles rallied for three more runs in the eighth inning to win 6-5 and went on to win Game 7 behind John Lackey.



3. 2003:
Marlins over Yankees in 6
MVP: Josh Beckett
What it's remembered for: Beckett started Game 6 on three days' rest and shutout the Yankees on five hits to clinch the title at Yankee Stadium.


4. 2009:
Yankees over Phillies in 6
MVP: Hideki Matsui
What it's remembered for: Long-time Yankee nemesis Pedro Martinez started Game 6 for the Phillies, but was taken out of the game after giving up four runs in the first four innings and took the loss, while Andy Pettitte recorded his record 18th career postseason victory. It was the last game Martinez would pitch in the majors.



5. 2010: Giants over Rangers in 5
MVP: Edgar Renteria
What its' remembered for: After missing most of the season with several injuries, Edgar Renteria hit a three-run home run off of Cliff Lee in the seventh inning of Game 5 that was enough for a 3-1 victory, clinching the Giants title. Renteria joined Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig to have two series-winning hits.



6. 2005: White Sox over Astros in 4
MVP: Jermaine Dye
What it's remembered for: Like the other Sox, the White version had a long drought of its own broken, but White Sox fans never really whined as much as Red Sox fans so it was less celebrated. Although the White Sox swept the series, no game was decided by more than two runs, with Scott Podsednik hitting a walk-off homer in Game 2 off of Brad Lidge after the Astros rallied to tied the game with two runs in the ninth. Podsednik hadn't hit a home run in the entire 2005 regular season, but it was his second of the postseason.



7: 2008: Phillies over Rays in 5
MVP: Cole Hamels
What it's remembered for: Rain. Game 3 was delayed for an hour and a half, while Game 5 was started on Oct. 27 and suspended in the top of the sixth inning with the score tied at 2. The game was completed two days later with the Phillies winning 4-3. It was the first suspended game in World Series history.


8. 2004:
Red Sox over Cardinals in 4
MVP: Manny Ramirez
What it's remembered for: Because the Red Sox broke the Curse of the Bambino, the series itself is remembered more fondly than the play on the field merited. Despite Boston's complete domination of the series and an early 3-0 lead in Game 4 (to go along with the 3-0 series lead at the time), for many Red Sox fans, it wasn't until Keith Foulke flipped the ball to Doug Mientkiewicz for the final out did they believe the Red Sox would actually win the series. (There's also the whole Curt Schilling bloody sock episode that would be in this spot if it weren't for that whole curse thing).


9. 2007:
Red Sox over Rockies in 4
MVP: Mike Lowell
What it's remembered for: Dustin Pedroia led off Game 1 in Boston with a home run and the series kind of followed suit from there. Boston trailed only once in the entire series -- falling behind 1-0 in the first of Game 2, only to win that game 2-1.



10. 2006:  Cardinals over Tigers in 5
MVP: David Eckstein
What it's remembered for: How bad was this series on the field? Well, there were 12 errors committed in the five games and three of the five games featured errors by both teams. There was a game pushed back by rain and the most memorable moment was probably a guy washing his hands. In Game 2, the drama (aided by Tim McCarver's yapping) was the mystery of a mixture of dirt and rosin on Kenny Rogers' hand in the first inning. He went on to pitch eight shutout innings and allowed just two hits in the Tigers' only victory of the series.

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Comments

Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: October 30, 2011 1:41 pm
 

2011 World Series best in a decade

Great post and very true!



Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: October 30, 2011 1:07 pm
 

2011 World Series best in a decade

How can anyone complain about the 2011 Series being declared the greatest? Isn't that how the current generation of beer swilling, iPod wearing, video game playing frat boys look at everything? They tell us everyday the best of everything in history is what happened last night. The greatest movie is the one they saw yesterday. The greatest athletes of all time are the one's playing right now (except of course for MJ, who is a political and social exception). The greatest teams are today's (except fo course for MJ's Bulls). The greatest moments in sport's history are the one's that they saw. Anything they didn't see is second rate. So drink up and enjoy the 2011 Series boys. It's the greatest of all time, at least until the 2012 series. 


mauxdeverite I would normally totally agree with your comment.  In this case tho, I honestly thought the series of the past decade were well ranked within the article.  Granted after you get past the first 4 on the list, the rest were basically competetive turds where one team pretty much manhandled the other in 5 games or less.

I am biased as a Cards fan, but 2011 was the best series since 2001.  Not saying its the greatest ever, but certainly the most entertaining in recent times.  I would think even non-biased baseball fans would think so....  Heck I must be fairly objective; after all, I agree with Cards 2006 win being #10 on the list!  That series was really only watchable for us Cards fans.



Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: October 30, 2011 11:43 am
 

2011 World Series best in a decade

how about we go back 1 more year to 2001, i hate the result as a yankees fan, but that was some world series.  the two games in NY with the yankees hitting tying or go ahead home runs off of closer kim (forgot the first name).  then game 7 gets a walk off in arizona against the best post-season closer of all time.  you got great pitching with Schilling and Johnson winning 4 games and all super-imposed on the back drop of 9/11 when the yankees won all three home games.  that was the best series of the 2000s and i'm a yankees' fan



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: October 30, 2011 10:19 am
 

2011 World Series best in a decade

How can anyone complain about the 2011 Series being declared the greatest? Isn't that how the current generation of beer swilling, iPod wearing, video game playing frat boys look at everything? They tell us everyday the best of everything in history is what happened last night. The greatest movie is the one they saw yesterday. The greatest athletes of all time are the one's playing right now (except of course for MJ, who is a political and social exception). The greatest teams are today's (except fo course for MJ's Bulls). The greatest moments in sport's history are the one's that they saw. Anything they didn't see is second rate. So drink up and enjoy the 2011 Series boys. It's the greatest of all time, at least until the 2012 series. 



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 9:03 pm
 

2011 World Series best in a decade

Definately the best world series since either 1991 and 2002.  I still hold 1991 (Twins/Braves) as the best ever with 5 games decided in the last atbat, and of course the best Game 7 ever (Jack Morris, 10 innings shutout).  Yankee fans will argue their case for the 2001 series, but really the only dramatic part to that series was the game 7 game ending homerun.
First of all this article is about the past 10 years, why are you even bringing up 1991. Secondly in game 4 and 5 in 2001, the Yankees prevented Kim from saving the game and won in extras in both games, that's pretty dramatic. And I'm nto Yankee fan.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 8:58 pm
 

2011 World Series best in a decade

I think this year's Game 6 might have been the best World Series GAME of the past 10 years, but I think the 2001 Series was the best overall. There were multiple games with late-inning drama and a walk-off hit in game 7 off the best closer in baseball history. Not to mention it was Arizon's first pro sports titlie and they ended the Yankees bid for 4 straight titles and oh by the way the home team won every single game. In my opinion this writer is just caught up in the moment.


mzracing76
Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 11:29 am
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Since: Jul 10, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 2:06 am
 

2011 World Series best in a decade

It was the best Series by far since 2002.


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