Aaron Boone's game-winning bomb in the '03 ALCS. Luis Gonzalez's walk-off hit in the '01 WS. Randy Johnson shut-down of the Yankees on 1 day of rest in the '95 ALDS. And, of course, Kirk Gibson.
Well, make room for one more, fellas.
Let's review the situation: GSoSG vs Rancho Ardiendo. Clinching game of the league championship series. Bottom of the 9th (well, technically bottom of the 1st, but that just sounds lame), down one run, two men on. And as the gods of sports drama would have it, the face off involved each team's respective titan: at the plate, GSoSG's Loney Fan, who had won both his previous matchups. On the mound, Rancho Ardiendo's Bryan, who was also undefeated. And neither is, shall we say, averse to a little smack talking:
"Loneyfan better start heading back to the dugout."
-Bryan, in the comments section
"I'm sending in my score now as I am confident I can't be beat."
-Loney Fan, in his score submission email
So, did the matchup live up to the hype? Well, I don't usually reveal scores, but this, my friends, is what happened:
Loney Fan beat Bryan by 1 measly point. Nonetheless, it meant he came up with SoSG Baseball's first extra-base hit - a bases-clearing, game-winning, series-clinching double (knocking himself in from 1st to boot!). So for the series, Loney Fan went 2-for-2 with 1 run scored and 2 RBI's at the plate, and had a 0.00 ERA with 1 K in 0.1 IP on the mound. Thus, Loney Fan is named unanimous series MVP. Congratulations, Loney Fan and GSoSG!
So GSoSG moves on to face Sweeney Sour Pork in the finals. Game on!
P.S. Due to my travel schedule and the subsequent holidays, the Finals will not begin until January 5. Time to rest up, folks!