From Bobby Thomson and Bucky Dent, to Matt Holliday and Alexi Casilla, baseball history has been made in tiebreaker games
The 2018 Major League Baseball season will finish will something never seen before: two tiebreaker games. The Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers will play for the NL West title, while the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs battle for the NL Central crown.
Past tiebreaker games have provided some of the most memorable moments in baseball history. Bobby Thomson hit “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World” in 1951. Bucky Dent dashed the hopes of Red Sox fans with a three-run homer over the Green Monster in 1978.
In recent history, the tiebreaker has seen Matt Holliday race home for the winning run as the Colorado Rockies capped off a late-season surge with a 13-inning thriller against San Diego. It was in a tiebreaker that Alexi Casilla, who earlier cost the Minnesota Twins a run with a baserunning mistake, made up for it by driving in the decisive run in what Sports Illustrated called the best regular season game of the decade.
The 14 past tiebreaker games have seen great moments, thrilling comebacks and rivalries renewed. The four teams playing on Monday will try to add to that history.
These are the greatest moments from tiebreaker games.