Stark: Strange but true postseason feats

From SABR member Jayson Stark at on December 23, 2011:

The team that won the World Series led the league in near-death experiences. The team that lost the World Series picked the wrong night in October to come down with a serious case of Blown Save Fever. And the teams that sat home watching them had to be kicking themselves — if only because they finally realized that they’d forgotten to trade for their very own Rally Squirrel.

In other words, it was one very crazy October. So let’s look back at the Strange But True Feats of 2011 — the Postseason Edition.


It was a postseason full of classic, magical and often downright crazy games. But is there any doubt which game towers above the rest? I saw Game 6 of the World Series with my very own eyeballs. I still don’t believe stuff like this happened:

• Never had both teams homered in extra innings at any point during an entire Series. Then, naturally, each team homered in extra innings just in this GAME (Josh Hamilton in the 10th, David Freese in the 11th).

• There wasn’t a game played in the big leagues during the entire regular season that featured extra-inning homers in two innings by two teams, according to the Sultan of Swat Stats, SABR home run historian David Vincent. And the Rangers hadn’t played a game like that in 15 years. But it happened in this game.

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Originally published: December 23, 2011. Last Updated: December 23, 2011.