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Game 5 for the Cards, Yanks and Dbacks? Been there. Done that.

Oct 6, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

2001 Diamondbacks

All this has happened before. All this will happen again.

The Cardinals, Yankees and Diamondbacks are all heading into a Game 5 in the division series. But this is not the first time that has happened. Flash back to 2001 when the Yankees beat the A’s in a deciding Game 5 of the ALDS and the Cardinals and Diamondbacks met one another in their own Game 5 with the Dbacks, obviously, because they went on to win the World Series, prevailing.

Overall, it’s the third time we’ve had three Game 5s played in the division series. Know when the other one was?  How about 1981.  Yup, pre-wild card.  For those of you who are painfully young, recall that because of the strike that year, baseball split the season into two sections and had the first place teams from each of the four divisions for each half of the season face off in a division series.  Three of them — Yankees vs. Brewers, Expos vs. Phillies and Dodgers vs. Astros went five games, with New York, Montreal and L.A. prevailing.

So, 1981, 2001 and 2011.  If the pattern holds, we should have three Game 5s in 2016. That’s just science.

  1. antlerclaws - Oct 6, 2011 at 8:38 AM

    Good time to be a Texas Ranger.

  2. southpaw2k - Oct 6, 2011 at 8:39 AM

    Bravo for the BSG reference.

  3. hooks024 - Oct 6, 2011 at 8:43 AM

    Hah! “that’s just science.” Brilliant.

  4. thefrenchyconnection - Oct 6, 2011 at 8:54 AM


    Do you get to go on early vacation if the Cards and Tigers win? I mean there is no point covering the playoffs if the Phillies, Yankees and Red Sox are not playing, right?

  5. proudlycanadian - Oct 6, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    Halladay against his old buddy Carpenter. Should be interesting. Both were first round picks by the Jays many moons ago. Carpenter kept getting injured so the Jays decided to remove him from the 40 man roster. He elected to try free agency and was signed by St. Louis even though they knew that he would have to miss the upcoming season due to injury. Subsequently, when McGowan got injured and had to miss 3 seasons, the Jays, having learned a lesson, decided to keep him on the 40 man roster. McGowan should be an effective starting pitcher for the Jays next year.

  6. cintiphil - Oct 6, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Even tough I am not one of their fans, I never count out the Yankees in a last game of 5 or 7 series.

  7. Jeremy T - Oct 6, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Painfully young? People who were born in ’81 are 30 years old now Craig. Maybe you’re just old.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Oct 6, 2011 at 10:05 AM

      Get off my lawn.

      • Utley's Hair - Oct 6, 2011 at 11:04 AM

        …he said, wering his braves robe, dark socks and slippers, while clenching his teeth on the bubble pipe….

      • aceshigh11 - Oct 6, 2011 at 11:23 AM

        Is that:

        1. A feeble-old-man-in-bathrobe-and-slippers “get off my lawn”, or

        2. a Clint-Eastwood-brandishing-a-shotgun-snarling “get off my lawn”?

  8. aceshigh11 - Oct 6, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Craig…you’ve just blinded me with science.


  9. Kevin S. - Oct 6, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Craig, did you have to run the photo that shattered my childhood innocence?

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