• Thanks, Yanks

    Posted by on March 29th, 2014 · Comments (13)

    A case can be made that the greatest games in the history of the Pirates, Diamondbacks, Red Sox, Rays and Mariners all came against the New York Yankees, no?  How many other franchises have five or more of these games on their ledger?

    Comments on Thanks, Yanks

    1. March 29th, 2014 | 10:00 pm

      You can add one more team, the Brooklyn Dodgers.

    2. March 30th, 2014 | 8:15 am

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      You can add one more team, the Brooklyn Dodgers.

      Yeah, I thought about the Dodgers franchise, as a whole, but, I figured the Kirk Gibson game trumped the series winner against the Yankees.

    3. MJ Recanati
      March 30th, 2014 | 2:43 pm

      @ Steve L.:
      What is it about this game in particular that would qualify it as the best game in Rays history? Wouldn’t the best game in their franchise’s history be Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS against the Red Sox? It’s the only pennant in that team’s history, after all. Seems more meaningful than a regular season game against the Yankees with no playoff or divisional implication.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/TBA/TBA200810190.shtml

    4. Corey
      March 30th, 2014 | 4:16 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:
      Isn’t this the game where Longoria put the Rays into the playoffs with a 12th inning home run? The game was only meaningless from the Yankees perspective. It was actually a really good game that had them coming back from behind 7-0. I agree with Steve.

    5. Corey
      March 30th, 2014 | 4:21 pm

      @ Corey:
      I remember watching that and thinking that the Rays were going to be the champs that year. Shows what I know.

    6. March 30th, 2014 | 5:02 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      @ Steve L.:
      What is it about this game in particular that would qualify it as the best game in Rays history? Wouldn’t the best game in their franchise’s history be Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS against the Red Sox? It’s the only pennant in that team’s history, after all. Seems more meaningful than a regular season game against the Yankees with no playoff or divisional implication.

      Actually, the miracle Rays win that I cited got them into the post-season, along with the Red Sox collapse.

    7. Raf
      March 30th, 2014 | 9:46 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:
      @ Corey:
      @ Steve L.:

      http://youtu.be/FrNoK1V7V4Q

    8. MJ Recanati
      March 31st, 2014 | 1:43 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Actually, the miracle Rays win that I cited got them into the post-season, along with the Red Sox collapse.

      So the Rays wouldn’t have made the playoffs if not for the Red Sox tanking. It’s Boston that the Rays should be thanking, not us.

      Corey wrote:

      The game was only meaningless from the Yankees perspective

      Which is why I don’t think it really qualifies as a sarcastic, “Thanks, Yanks” game. The stakes in all the other games Steve listed were playoff games. A game that has no meaning to one of the teams is really “the greatest game in franchise history”?

    9. March 31st, 2014 | 3:37 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:
      It’s the nature and the wacky nature of the win, one out from death, that makes it the greatest game in franchise history.

    10. MJ Recanati
      March 31st, 2014 | 4:15 pm

      @ Steve L.:
      This is a pretty subjective conversation because if I were a Rays fan, I definitely wouldn’t consider that a better or more significant win than Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS.

    11. March 31st, 2014 | 5:07 pm
    12. MJ Recanati
      March 31st, 2014 | 5:24 pm

      @ Steve L.:
      Tampa’s paper thinks that was baseball’s greatest night. That’s pretty funny.

      Doesn’t make this discussion any less subjective though.

    13. March 31st, 2014 | 8:01 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:
      Hey, in TB, that game was a BIG DEAL, whether you want to admit it or not.

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