I've been thinking about the most overrated and underrated moments in baseball history, and I know a lot of Didger fans are gonna get angry about this, but it is painfully obvious. Kirk Gibson's 1988 Game 1 home run of off Dennis Eckersley is without a doubt the most overrated moment in baseball history. Now before you start complaining about its significance, here me out. The home run was in Game 1, not Game 6 or 7. In the big picture of the series, it had a minimal impact. Sure, it won the game, but once again, its Game 1. After 19 years, this moment is consistantly ranked in the top 10 and even the top 5 baseball moments ever. For example, I was watching FSN's Best Damn Top 50 baseball plays ever, and Gibson's home run was third on the list. I can think of at least ten plays that were far more significant and amazing than that home run.
One of those moments I'm thinking of happens to be Bill Mazerowski's Game 7 walk-off home run in the 1960 World Series. Why is this moment not the most amazing moment in baseball history, by far. I mean, this home run won the World Series for the underdog Pirates over the heavily-favored New York Yankees. If Mazerowski played for New York, or Los Angeles for that matter, this would be without a doubt the number one moment in baseball history. But Mazerowski played for small-market Pittsburgh, and he beat the Roger Maris-Mickey Mantle-led "America's Team" New York Yankees. That is a major reason why this moment is often overlooked in favor of such moments as Gibson's homer and Joe Carter's Game 6 home run in the '93 Series (also overrated, but at least its better than Gibson's). In my mind, Mazerowski's homer blows Gibon's shot out of the water.