Regardless of all four of the "underdog" teams getting eliminated in the Division Series, we're having a pretty awesome postseason. We've had walkoffs, we've had comebacks, we've had stunning collapses, we've had dominant pitchers, we've had dominant hitters, and we've had everything in between. But as of right now, I'm not sure if we have anything that will go down in history. In the Cardinals' comeback over the Nationals in game five of the NLDS, it was more of an accumulation of moments than one defining moment. When the Giants came back to beat the Reds after being down 2-0, there wasn't much to take away from that series in terms of moments. Coco Crisp's walkoff single in game four of the ALDS between the A's and Tigers could go down as a big moment, as long as you ignore Justin Verlander turning Oakland into sashimi in game five. The most defining moment of the playoffs so far is probably Raul Ibanez's 12th inning walkoff homer in game three of the ALDS between the Yankees and Orioles.
But anyway, that got me thinking about prior postseasons,and how things have been going crazy since 1991. If you exclude this year's postseason, and remember there were no playoffs in 1994, there have been 20 postseasons including that 1991 year until today. So why not compile a list of the top 25 "moments" from those postseasons? Some of these are more "extended" moments than others, but they're all memorable in their own way, and will be talked about by more than just their respective fanbases for years to come.
1991 World Series Game Six - Puckett walks it off in the 11th inning
Potentially the most memorable moment in Twins franchise history, with the beloved future Hall of Famer Puckett extending Minnesota's World Series to a game seven against the Braves
1991 World Series Game Seven - Morris goes ten
I'm already cheating by going with a full game performance as opposed to one moment. But if you ask someone about this game, a very small percentage of people will mention Gene Larkin's walkoff, series winning single, and the majority of people will mention Morris throwing a complete game, ten inning shutout. What isn't talked about much at all when looking at this start from Morris is that he did it on three days rest after starting game four of the series in Atlanta.
1992 NLCS Game Six - Sid's slide
I apologize to all Pirates fans for posting this. The Braves trailed 2-0 heading into the ninth, loaded the bases with none out. With two outs, Bobby Cox's third catcher, Francisco Cabrera, singled in David Justice and Sid Bream, with Bream's slide barely evading Pirates catcher Mike LaValliere's tag from a Barry Bonds throw to send the Braves to the World Series. The Pittsburgh franchise hasn't been the same since.
1993 World Series Game Six - Carter wins the series
This series was absolutely nuts, and the Phillies were poised to take things to a game seven after a five run seventh inning gave them a 6-5 lead in game six. But in the ninth, closer Mitch Williams imploded, with Carter's walkoff, series winning homer as the dagger in the heart of the City of Brotherly Love. The Blue Jays haven't played in the playoffs since this game, and it took the Phillies until 2007 to get back.
1995 ALDS Game Five - Griffey's mad dash
This series may have actually saved baseball in Seattle. The Mariners lost the first two games of the series in New York, and then rattled off two straight wins at home before heading to a game five. The Yankees took a 5-4 lead in the top of the 11th against Randy Johnson (in relief). With Jack McDowell on the hill to finish the game off, Seattle's 11th inning was quick. Edgar Martinez's double down the line scored Joey Cora and Ken Griffey Jr, leading to an improbable comeback win in the series, and eventually, the building of Safeco Field in Seattle after the city was rejuvenated under Johnson, Griffey, and a young shortstop named Alex Rodriguez.