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The best postseason series of all time

We take a look at some postseason series that have classics written all over them.

2004 American League Championship Series. New York Yankees versus Boston Red Sox

It was the much-anticipated rematch between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. In 2003, the Yankees’ Aaron Boone hit a home run off the Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield in the 11th inning to send New York to the World Series. 

The Bronx Bombers took an early 3-0 lead in the series, scoring an unbelievable 32 runs in the process with 19 in the third game alone. No baseball team had ever been down by three games to zero in the playoffs and come back to win. 

The best-of-seven championship series format hadn't been introduced until 1985, but no team had come back from three games down the World Series either. 

The Red Sox were trailing 4-3 going into the bottom of the ninth inning of the fourth game, the Red Sox had to score off the greatest closer in baseball history, Mariano Rivera. 

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The Panamanian surprisingly walked leadoff batter Kevin Millar. Dave Roberts then ran for him, and then stole second base. Bill Mueller then singled allowing Roberts to tie the game. 

In the bottom of the 12th inning, David Ortiz then hit a two-run homer off Paul Quantrill to win the game. The Red Sox breathed a sigh of relief, Fenway Park went wild, but there was still plenty of work to do. 

Boston edged game five at Fenway 5-4, taking the game to Yankee Stadium for game six. Curt Schilling pitched the Red Sox to a win, beating the Yankees 4-2, and now the full momentum was with Boston. 

The Red Sox easily won game seven at Yankee Stadium, beating the deflated Bronx Bombers 10-3 with Derek Lowe the winning pitcher for Boston. 

Boston went onto win its first World Series in 86 years with a sweep over the St.Louis Cardinals, who beat the Houston Astros in another intriguing championship series. 

However, this series ranks as number one amongst the greatest postseason series' of all time. 

1986 World Series. New York Mets versus Boston Red Sox

This time the Red Sox were on the other end of a comeback win. Sadly for them, it was in the World Series. 

The Mets team were a Hollywood script waiting to be written, with so many wild storylines and players to boot. They were also a good team, though, and they won the World Series championship the hard way. 

The Mets had forced through to the Fall Classic with an epic National League Championship win over the Houston Astros that could have been one of the best postseason series all of its own. 

All six games were decided by two runs or fewer with four of the winning games settled by one run. Game Six was won by the Mets 7-6 in a 16-inning marathon. 

In the World Series, the Mets dropped the first two games to the Red Sox at Fenway Park before squaring the series in games three and four. 

Boston won game five and were on the verge of winning game six. With the Mets dugout looking glum and starting to pack their belongings away, even the post match champagne was in the Red Sox dugout. 

However, having trailed 5-3 in the 10th inning, the Mets managed to tie the game before Mookie Wilson hit a slow ball down the line to the right side and it went through Bill Buckner’s legs, allowing the Mets’ Ray Knight to score the winning run to send Shea Stadium wild. 

There was still a game seven to be played in Queen’s, which wasn’t nearly as dramatic. 

After being held scoreless in the first five innings, the Mets’ bats then lit up and they then rallied for eight runs from the sixth inning onwards and won the game 8-5 to win one of the most memorable World Series’ titles in baseball history. 

This was the last World Series to be won by the Mets and only their second overall. 

2011 World Series. St.Louis Cardinals versus Texas Rangers

The Cardinals were down to their final strike in game six before David Freese hit a two-run triple over Nelson Cruz in right field to tie the game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. 

Freese stepped into the batter's box in the 11th inning to hit a walk-off home run. 

Freese added two more RBI’s the next day in Game Seven to earn the Cardinals their 11th World Series title. 

The series is best remembered for games one and two being decided by one run. 

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