There's been this notion floating around lately that a home run in some situations is somehow a bad thing. That's right, doing the best possible thing one can do at the plate is being painted as bad in certain situations by certain broadcasters. Like this one from Monday afternoon:
"The biggest rally killer in the world is a home run." - Mitch Williams— Heard on MLB Tonight (@HeardOnMLBT) October 14, 2013
Got that, you guys? The biggest rally killer is the absolute best thing an offensive player can do for his team. The biggest rally killer isn't a double play, a pop out, a strikeout or any out. Rather, it's a freaking home run, we're being told.
Like here, Joe Carter really killed that rally, didn't he?
So we'll use that for our World Series Remember When for the day.
It was Game 6 of the 1993 World Series. Carter's Blue Jays were leading the series three games to two and looking to win back-to-back World Championships. Thanks to a five-run seventh, the Phillies took a 6-5 lead into the ninth and brought on their closer, none other than Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams.
Williams was doomed from the get-go, though, as he walked the best base stealer in MLB history -- Rickey Henderson -- to start the inning. He did get a Devon White fly out before giving up a single to Hall of Famer Paul Molitor, setting the table for Carter's historic blast.
Speaking of Molitor, though, he was actually the series MVP. He hit .500/.571/1.000 with two doubles, two triples, two homers, eight RBI and 10 runs. Again, in six games. What a series. That, in part, is what landed Molitor on our list of top 10 World Series hitters of all-time.
Still, Carter's memory outshines the ridiculous series posted by Molitor. It's a transcedent moment. It's also the last time we saw the Blue Jays in the postseason.