1.) August 12th vs Yankees
Tim Anderson Field of Dreams Walk-off Home Run (9-8)
Tim Anderson’s walk-off for the Chicago White Sox at the Field of Dreams was amazing.
Was there ever a doubt? Yankees vs White Sox with the Field of Dreams as the backdrop and a national audience watching. The White Sox thrilled the country with the best game of the regular season.
The beautiful setting of Dyerville Iowa solidified this walk-off win as the most magical regular-season moment in franchise history. The Yankees and White Sox emerged from the cornfield with Kevin Costner narrating to kick off the festivities. The stars came out to play in this one
Jose Abreu struck first by hitting the first home run in Iowa in MLB history to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead. Aaron Judge responded by belting a three-run homer in the third inning off of Lance Lynn.
The White Sox grabbed the lead right back in the bottom of the inning. Tim Anderson doubled to left field to bring home Adam Engel, then Eloy Jimenez drilled a three-run homer to right field to give the Southsiders a 5-3 lead.
Seby Zavala tacked on two more runs with a two-run blast in the fourth to make it 7-3. The Yankees would not go down quietly, however. Brett Gardner chipped away at the lead with a solo home run of Lynn in the sixth.
That score would stand until the ninth inning thanks in part to an electric performance from Micheal Kopech out of the bullpen. Liam Hendriks was brought in to slam the door in the ninth inning but the drama was just getting started.
Hendriks issued a leadoff single to Tyler Wade but bounced back by striking out the next two hitters. With the game on the line, Aaron Judge launched his second home run of the game to cut the deficit down to one.
Hendriks looked rattled and walked Joey Gallo. Ethan Katz went out for a mound visit to calm his closer down. It didn’t work. Giancarlo Stanton came up and hit a missile into the corn and just like that the save and the lead was gone.
It looked like this game would go down in history as a monumental collapse for the White Sox. But Tim Anderson flipped the script. Seby Zavala drew a one-out walk to set the table for Anderson.
Anderson, who has a flair for the dramatics, hit a home run to right-center field to end the game in thrilling fashion. A barrage of fireworks shot off as Anderson rounded the bases. It was a cold-blooded dagger from the White Sox shortstop who motioned “it’s over” as he jumped towards home plate into a sea of happy humans.
This game was a picture-perfect example of why baseball is beautiful. It will also forever be engraved in White Sox lore.