Next time you watch an old clip of Carlton Fisk hitting his dramatic Game 6 home run in the 1975 World Series, try to set aside the emotion and the connotations it all brings, and meditate on this: The Boston Red Sox lost the next day, giving the Cincinnati Reds the Series title.
That takes nothing away from Fisk. He made that moment magical, and at the instant it happened, New England turned inside out. Still, in the big picture, the homer was (if only slightly) overrated in its impact on that Series.
So it goes for many World Series moments. The emotion and heightened sense of occasion that come with the postseason lend themselves to hyperbole, and often, fans and broadcasters—not to mention advertisers—find themselves wrapped up in the hype of certain plays, rather than their substance. Here are 15 such moments in World Series history.