What makes September and October baseball the most intense, nerve-wracking, most awesome game there is? It's a few things:
1. These teams play 162 games. Not 16 games. Not 82 games. 162 games. They play every day for six months and often a team's fate comes down to one pitch or one swing of the bat.
2. Baseball is the one sport where they can't run out the clock on you. As long as the game is still going on, the team that is trailing still has a chance. On the odd occasion where that chance becomes an amazing comeback, it is really magnified when it happens in late September or October.
3. Since baseball is a thinking man's game as much as an athletic contest, fans can think right along with the players and managers on what they should do. Should he throw the curve here? Or should he throw the high heat? Does he get the "take sign" or "swing away?" Since there is no right or wrong answers to these questions until we see the outcome, this makes baseball the ultimate "second-guessers" game.
Add all this tension up and have a meaningful game end on a home run, and you have the stuff of legends. There is no more dramatic way to win a game and/or a pennant than with a home run. Some happen at the end of the game and some happen in the middle; either way they put a dagger through the heart of the opposing team.
Here is a list of ten of the most dramatic home runs in baseball history.