By Holden Walter-Warner
The 2017 MLB postseason is finally upon us. The long season has provided plenty of spectacular moments, from tributes for fallen idols to historic home run chases, and everything in between.
Each of the ten teams qualified for the postseason have franchise history to look back on as a source of inspiration. Whether a team has won 27 World Series titles (the New York Yankees) or none (the Houston Astros, Colorado Rockies, AND Washington Nationals), every team starts the month anew with a chance to create iconic moments for their fans in October.
These are the most iconic playoff moments in the history of the ten franchises vying to win it all this fall.
LOS angeles Dodgers: Kirk Gibson home run
October 15, 1988
Kirk Gibson wasn't supposed to play in Game 1 of the World Series against the Oakland Athletics after he suffered injuries to both legs during the previous playoff series. But the Dodgers needed a miracle when he came to the plate and he gave them one with a walk-off home run, leading to sportscaster Vin Scully's famous call: "In a year that has been so improbable...The impossible has happened!"
Washington Nationals: Jayson Werth Walk-off
October 11, 2012
In 2012, the Nationals brought the playoffs to the nation's capital for the first time since the team's move from Montreal to Washington D.C. in 2005. It seemed like it would be a quick trip, though, as the team trailed the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in the NLDS. Jayson Werth kept the season going for one more game when he belted a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 13th inning in Game 4, only for the team to drop the series in the next game.
Chicago Cubs: World Series Game 7
November 2, 2016
Picking just one moment from the Cubs' historic run to the 2016 World Series is impossible. But nobody can forget the celebrations after a 10-inning, rain delayed Game 7 that ended a 108-year drought for a team that was once considered the sport's most lovable losers.
arizona diamondbacks: Luiz Gonzalez single
November 4, 2001
When Luis Gonzalez came to the plate with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7, it was a chance to end the World Series. The only thing standing in his way was the game's greatest closer of all-time, Mariano Rivera. Nevertheless, Gonzalez managed to bloop a single to the outfield to finish the upset of the New York Yankees and win the state of Arizona their first professional sports title.
colorado Rockies: first NL Pennant
October 15, 2007
Many remember Matt Holliday's legendary slide into home plate, but that came in Game 163, not the postseason. It was part of a run where the Colorado Rockies won 14 of their last 15 regular season games, then swept through the first two rounds of the playoffs to earn their first pennant and advance to their first World Series in 2007. At that point, they were swept by the Boston Red Sox.
Cleveland Indians: Rajai Davis Home Run
November 2, 2016
The Cleveland Indians haven't won a World Series since 1948 - so it's been a while. Their odds of doing so in 2016 skyrocketed in the eighth inning of Game 7, when Rajai Davis hit a two-run shot that tied the game up with the Chicago Cubs. The most important home run in franchise history ended up being for naught, but Cleveland is a contender again in 2017.
houston Astros: First nl pennant
October 19, 2005
Despite a sluggish start to the season, the Houston Astros managed to earn the Wild Card spot in the National League, then went on to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS to send Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio to their first World Series. It remains the only World Series appearance for the Astros, who now compete in the American League.
Boston Red Sox: Carlton Fisk Waves it Fair
October 21, 1975
David Ortiz hit homers, Curt Schilling bloodied his sock, and a famous curse was lifted. But Carlton Fisk's home run in Game 6 of the World Series may be one of the most iconic moments in the history of the sport, as he emphatically waved at the ball, hoping it would land in fair territory - which it did. The team would lose Game 7 to the Cincinnati Reds, but the Red Sox were the toast of the town for one night.
new york yankees: Don Larsen's perfect Game
October 8, 1956
In Game 5 of the World Series, Yankees pitcher Don Larsen threw the greatest game in history, considering the circumstances. Over 60 years later, the feat holds up, as Larsen's perfect game against the Los Angeles Dodgers remains the only performance of its kind in the history of the World Series. It was the only no-hitter thrown in the postseason for a long time too, until Roy Halladay did it with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010.
minnesota twins: Kirby Puckett goes yard
October 26, 1991
The Minnesota Twins trailed the Atlanta Braves three games to two in the World Series, often considered one of the greatest championship rounds in history. In the bottom of the 11th inning, Twins legend Kirby Puckett sent one soaring into the night, winning the game with one blast. That would set up a Game 7 victory for the Twins in a game where Jack Morris would throw ten shutout innings.