Baseball may be a sport that thrives in the summer, but nothing compares to MLB’s postseason, played as the weather begins to cool across America. It’s the only sport whose penultimate series has a name associated with a season — the words “Fall Classic” resonate across generations of sports fans. The World Series, and by proxy baseball’s playoffs, are a yearly tradition to celebrate before we head into the darkest, coldest months.
As we’re wont to do at The Drop, we wanted to take a look at some of the best the MLB postseason offered us over the last few decades. Playoff baseball is exciting and action-packed on a general level, but not all games are considered equal. There are performances that will echo through time for moments of individual brilliance or collective insanity, and today we’re exploring the moments that jump off the page at us.
Whether it’s a sleeper who comes up large in the biggest moments, or superstars living up to their billing, brilliance takes shape in many forms. Regular season hardware is all well and good, but legends are spawned by performances in the fall. There’s a reason why players like Reggie Jackson and Derek Jeter are referred to as Mr. October and Mr. November respectively, and why Don Larsen’s perfect game in the World Series is remembered more fondly than others.
Take a look back with us at some of the most memorable playoff games of the last quarter century as you gear up for another iteration of fall baseball. These are Baseball’s Best Playoff Games of the Last 25 Years.
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