#4 2005 NLCS Game 6 – Houston Astros 5, St. Louis Cardinals 1
We all knew the 2005 NLCS was a rematch with St. Louis. There was a great game four that I could’ve put on this list. But it’s only remembered for the game-winning double play in the end.
I could’ve put game five in the top 10. But when you think about it, that was overrated to a degree. So it didn’t make the cut on here. But this game is on here for one reason.
Just one game after a heartbreaking loss that saw Pujols go deep, the Astros rebounded and got the job done in St. Louis led by the pitching of Roy Oswalt, who would win NLCS MVP. Jason Lane would homer and record the final out in the process. Of course, this score was so indicative of what would come later on.
#3 2005 NLDS Game 4 – Houston Astros 7, Atlanta Braves 6 (18 innings)
I thought this game was the greatest game in Astros history and it still remains one of the greatest games ever played. But after what happened last year, this game, unfortunately, dropped in spots. Still, it wasn’t going very far. So I had to settle for this one at three.
How many times will we ever see the Astros down 6-1 to the Atlanta Braves with rookie Brian McCann on the team? Will we ever forget Lance Berkman’s grand slam to cut the lead to 6-5? Or Brad Ausmus’ game tying homer that nearly went over the yellow line?
Whatever y’all choose to remember, you certainly cannot forget Chris Burke in the 18th inning and Milo Hamilton’s call.
#2 2017 World Series Game 7 – Houston Astros 5, Los Angeles Dodgers 1
No matter how many championships this franchise will win in the next few years or somewhere down the line, none of them will ever overtake the feeling of November 1, 2017. 55 years of pain, heartbreak, sadness, and fury ended on that night. Although this was one of the greatest World Series ever played, it wasn’t the best. But maybe, it didn’t need to be. Maybe we needed time to celebrate without too much stress in our lives.
Sure when we scored two runs in the first inning, it was nice to lead in Game 7 of the World Series. Sure when Lance McCullers Jr. brought in Brian McCann or when George Springer delivered the knockout blow, it was all we needed. Yes, we had to ride out a few waves, but it wasn’t as devastating as what we went through from late August to that night in Los Angeles.
This game was part of a World Series set of games that made it an all-time classic. It also showed everyone in the country and around the world that we are stronger and resilient that not even Harvey could destroy us.
Only one game though will always be the game that took all our frustrations and fought back when previous teams would’ve quit.