Two rivals even on one side (American League), two seemingly unequal enemies in the other (National League). Four of the sport’s most storied franchises and two of its most venerable ballparks. The Wild card games This year they bring a lot to the table before the first pitch is released.
The point is, the Wild Card Game has established that it doesn’t need big brands or fierce rivalries to shine. He tends to bring his own brand of entertainment no matter who’s playing:
While it can take years to develop an identity, build a legacy, it can also happen in less than a decade. We don’t know what will happen at Fenway Park and Dodger Stadium for the next two nights. But we can get a pretty good idea of one thing: somehow, it will probably bring something strange.
There have only been 16 iterations of the Wild Card Game, but nearly half of them, more if you’re feeling generous, have provided a lasting memory of something unusual. They are games that you know more by their description, “the Infield Fly game” or “the Zack Britton game”, than by their year. But you know them.
What will we call this year’s games? The great part is that we have no idea. Either way, this is a celebration of seven of the most memorable previous Wild Card games, chronologically, as ranking them doesn’t seem like a fair task. And remember, all of this has happened since 2012:
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The Infield Fly Game (National League, 2012) Cardinals 6, Braves 3.
The game “Cue-To” (NL, 2013) Pirates 6, Reds 2.
The Royals Run Wild (American League, 2014) Royals 9, Athletics 8.
Zack Britton’s game (AL, 2016) Blue Jays 5, Orioles 2.
Archie Bradley’s triple (National League, 2017) D-backs 11, Rockies 8.
Rockies hold (NL, 2018) Rockies 2, Cubs 1 (13 innings).
The Nats break through (NL, 2019) Nationals 4, Brewers 3.