Friday, November 19, 2021

[bccrjwsd] highest drama in sports

baskeball: the team down by 3 is facing elimination (e.g. single elimination tournament, or best of N series), and time is running out.  they make a 3-point shot as time runs out, tying the game.  this could happen at the end of regular time or at the end of an overtime period.  the team goes on to win not only the game but the season.  most dramatic: it is the final championship game (game 7 if best of 7).  it's a little unfortunate that the moment of highest drama only results in a tie, but this is unavoidable.  if the most dramatic action were to instantly win, then there's the nagging possibility that an easier route, tie first then win in overtime, was possible.

baseball: not a single moment, not a single player, but a team effort.  there is no clock in baseball.  largest deficit closed during the last out of the bottom of a possibly final inning (typically bottom of 9th, but could be bottom half of an extra inning).  outcome of the inning could be a tie (in which case (another) extra inning), or a walk-off victory.  for the latter, the measure of drama is only the deficit needed to tie, not the potentially up to 3 extra runs (grand slam) to win.

unlike basketball, for baseball it does not matter what game this record-deficit overcoming occurred, or what the ultimate outcome of the game or season was.  a larger deficit is always more dramatic than a smaller one, even if the former happened in a game that "doesn't matter" and the latter in an important game.  of course, when comparing the same deficit, more important games are more dramatic.

does it matter the number of players on base at the start of the 2-out rally?

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