Geoff Blum? Paul Konerko? Jim Thome? All these players hit memorable home runs, but Scott Podsednik's is one none of us will ever forget.
NBC Hardball Talk's Craig Calcaterra ran down the most memorable home runs in each MLB team's history, and he settled on Geoff Blum's 14th-inning home run in Game 3 of the 2005 World Series. Yes, it was a game-winning home run from an unlikely source, but it wasn't a walk-off blast.
Blum's home run was unlikely. Podsednik's was ridiculous. It wasn't his first home run of the season—he hit none in the regular season, but homered in game one of the Division Series against Boston—but it sure as hell was unexpected.
Looking back, the 2005 World Series was one of the most competitive 4-0 sweeps in recent history. The Sox won Games 1 and 3 by two runs and Games 2 and 4 by one run. If a few breaks go the Astros' way, the Sox don't sweep, to say the least.
But the breaks went the Sox's way. After Bobby Jenks blew the save in Game 2—which featured the second-most memorable home run in my mind, that being Konerko's grand slam off Chad Qualls—the Sox were the team on the ropes.
If the White Sox failed to score in the bottom of the ninth, Houston would've had Willy Taveras, Lance Berkman and Morgan Ensberg due up in the tenth. Those three players were 4-11 with four RBIs in the game and would've presented Houston with a golden opportunity to take the lead.
Under those circumstances, Podsednik's home run was even more important than being just a walk-off home run. Of course, there's no such thing as "just as walk-off home run" in the World Series. And that's why Podsednik's is the most memorable home run in team history.
What are your thoughts? Do you agree? Disagree? Was it Thome's home run in 2008, Konerko's grand slam, Blum's homer, Crede's blast in 2005, the Big Hurt's 400th, Konerko/Dye's back-to-back blasts...or something else, maybe the time Jerry Owens homered off Roy Halladay?