Some of the most memorable moments in baseball history haven't come during the playoffs, they've come during the pennant races that teams must win to reach the promised land of the postseason.
As we find ourselves in the thick of multiple races to make the 2013 MLB playoffs, now seems like as good a time as any to take a look back at the greatest playoff race moments of all time.
Not just any moment will do.
These moments were ranked according to a number of factors, including drama, the situation (both in the standings and in the game) and the players involved—the lesser-known the hero is, the better.
To be sure, you won't agree with all of these choices, and I look forward to hearing what you believe belonged—and didn't—in the comments below.
That said, let's take a look back at the 20 greatest playoff race moments in MLB history.