1993, GAME 6
It had been 33 years since a home run ended a World Series. But when Philadelphia Phillies reliever Mitch “The Wild Thing” Williams entered Game 6 of the ’93 Series in the bottom of the ninth, you could just sense it might happen again. Williams, whose mullet was just as horrid as his pitching that fall, was trying to hold a brittle 6-5 lead over the Toronto Blue Jays. Two of the first three hitters due up, Rickey Henderson and Paul Molitor, were future Hall of Famers (Molitor is already in; Henderson’s enshrinement is a mere formality). Henderson walked, Devon White flew out, Molitor singled to center. Philadelphians spit out their cheesesteaks. Two on, one out, Williams stares down Toronto’s Joe Carter. Carter launches a shot into the left field seats, giving the Blue Jays their second-straight title, and sending the Skydome into a frenzy. Carter jumps around the bases like a tickled little boy. The ’08 Phillies, who are preparing to play the Tampa Bay Rays in this year’s Series, have one goal in mind: redeem the sins of the Wild Thing.