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Underrated home runs?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Dick Whitman, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    It seems like the pantheon of memorable home runs has been frozen in amber at this point. Maz. Thomson. Fisk. Gibson. Maybe Carter? This is kind of a two-prong question: What are some home runs that you feel are underrated in baseball history? That belong on the highlight reel alongside the others? And, second, why do they seem to fall short?

    I'll start:

    (1) Bernie Carbo, 1975 World Series, Game 6. Not a game-ender, so that's probably why.
    (2) Scott Podsednik, 2005, Game 2. Not sure why this one doesn't rate higher. Probably because Podsednik isn't a big enough name.
    (3) Ozzie Smith, 1985 NLCS, Game 5. "Go crazy, folks! Go crazy!"

    I think a similar thread can be done in March regarding buzzer-beaters.
  2. ColdCat

    ColdCat Well-Known Member

    Gibson in game 5 of the '84 series.
    Pujols off of Lidge in the NLCS (I want to say game 6 in 2005, but that may not be right. just a monster homer and Lidge wasn't effective for about two years after that)
    Joe Carter- game 6, '93 (I mean only a walkoff homer to win a world series, not that the WWL ever seems to notice)
  3. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Kirby Puckett, Game 6 of 1991 World Series: "And we'll see you tomorrow night!"

    Dave Henderson, 1986 ALCS: Remembered for the tragedy of Donnie Moore.
  4. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    Tino Martinez's grand slam off Mark Langston in Game 1 of the 1998 World Series. Martinez looked at a pitch which was awfully close to being strike three and hit the next pitch into the upper deck to break a 5-5 tie. Evil Empire wins 9-6.
  5. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    Pine Tar Home Run.
  6. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

    I'll admit this is not a pantheon homer, but it's been underrated.

    Sandy Alomar off Rivera in Game 4 of the 1997 ALDS. Both at the time and in hindsight, Rivera was untouchable in the postseason. To hit a game tying HR off him in the 8th was mindblowing at the time. The 2001 Game 7 blown save has taken some of the lustre off Alomar's HR, but it was unthinkable at the time that a catcher would do that to Rivera.
  7. Guy_Incognito

    Guy_Incognito Well-Known Member

    And it wasn't a bad pitch.
  8. bydesign77

    bydesign77 Active Member

    David Justice, Game 6, 1995. Only run of the game to give Atlanta a world title.
  9. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    Jim Leyritz in Game 4 of the 1996 World Series. I think people forget how dominant the Braves had been in that series. Routs in Games 1 and 2, at Yankee Stadium, and up 6-0 in Game 4.
  10. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    I'll throw McGwire's 62nd out there. No matter what has happened since, that was a HUGE baseball and cultural moment. I mean, Fox broadcasting the game in primetime on a Tuesday? Really? Kind of a shame we've chosen to forget it like a drunken bar hookup.
  11. Guy_Incognito

    Guy_Incognito Well-Known Member

    Soriano off of Schilling in 2001 game 7 - should have been a WS winning shot.
  12. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    The one a year Nick Punto hits.
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