MLB Playoffs: These are the seven most memorable Wild Card games

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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  1. The Infield Fly Game (National League, 2012) Cardinals 6, Braves 3.

  2. The game “Cue-To” (NL, 2013) Pirates 6, Reds 2.

  3. The Royals Run Wild (American League, 2014) Royals 9, Athletics 8.

  4. Zack Britton’s game (AL, 2016) Blue Jays 5, Orioles 2.

  5. Archie Bradley’s triple (National League, 2017) D-backs 11, Rockies 8.

  6. Rockies hold (NL, 2018) Rockies 2, Cubs 1 (13 innings).

  7. The Nats break through (NL, 2019) Nationals 4, Brewers 3.

Rafael Martinez

I am fond of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signings of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I carry baseball in my veins. Bachelor of Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I came to El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services in Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and after a few days, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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