Ultimate Games

For any baseball fan, having your team playing an Ultimate Game is what you hope for each year.

As a fan of the Red Sox we have been lucky enough to play in 16 Ultimate Games. (Note, one more was played after this link was written in 2007. Boston lost an Ultimate Game to Tampa in 2008.)

Today the Yankees are playing their 25th such game in their whole damn history.

Any Ultimate Game is a game when either you win,  or you go home, for both teams.

2012 is the first time all four DS went to a fifth game, which means they all qualified as Ultimate Games.

With the new Wild Card format, both of those were Ultimate Games as well. (Next year when we make it two out of three, you will have to earn Ultimate Game status.)

Six Ultimate Games in one post season, by far a new MLB record, if the CS and World Series all go seven games we could have nine Ultimate Games in one exciting post-season.

Now if the umpires could see where the plate was, we would almost have a perfect sport.

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Rick Swanson has been an online feature writer for numerous websites since 2005. He was also a speaker at Boston SABR meetings from 2007-2009. Rick has created three statistics for baseball.... Reaction over Range: A new way to measure defense. Divide reaction time of any play, by the range distance. Umpire Strikezone Score: Take the total number of correct pitches called, divided by the total number of pitches called. Power Pitching: Add WHIP plus ERA and subtract the number of strikeouts per inning. Rick's current title is Consultant, Red Sox and Fenway Park History. In 2007, he was nominated for President of Red Sox Nation by Red Sox team president, Larry Lucchino. You can email Rick here: rickswanson AT cox DOT net

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