2014 Sports The 12 Greatest Moments of the MLB Postseason  

Nick Dimengo
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There's no better time than October baseball to make a name for yourself.

As players like Reggie Jackson and Derek Jeter did by establishing themselves as some of the best MLB playoff performers in history, it's also a time when lesser known guys step up to the plate and become legends — pun intended.

What were the most unforgettable plays in the 2014 postseason? With so many great moments already happening in this year's postseason — and the World Series set to begin tonight — I'm ranking the best ones so far, with the Fall Classic sure to provide even more nail-biting instances. 


Salvador Perez Walks It Off

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After making the playoffs for the first time in 29 years, the Kansas CIty Royals brought some extra drama to their first postseason game.

That's because, after hosting the Wild Card Game against the Oakland Athletics, the team won on a walk-off single to beat the visiting A's, moving onto the Division Series thanks to Kansas City's catcher, Salvador Perez.

It was just the beginning of an unprecedented run so far for the Royals.


Brandon Belt's 18-Inning Home Run

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Just when fans didn't think an 18-inning game would be worth the wait, San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt proved that thought wrong.

With the score tied at one in, what turned out to be the longest postseason game in MLB history, Belt got a pitch that he was able to turn on, belting a solo homer to the upper deck in right field to give his Giants a 2-1 win and, eventually, the win by the same score.

The win gave San Francisco a commanding 2-0 Division Series lead over the Washington Nationals, winning both games in D.C. before closing the Nats out in four games.


Mike Moustakas Falls Over the Rail

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If you like defense, then you might want to give Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas some g-LOVE — get it?

During Game 3 against the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS, Moustakas not only made a stunning, diving catch over the dugout railing — falling into the expensive seats where some lucky fans were seated — but was able to hold onto the ball and help make the first out in the top-half of the sixth inning.

Although Moustakas didn't do much at the plate, finishing 0-3, he proved to give his team a big lift with his defensive effort on the way to a 2-1 win.


Randy Choate Throws it Away

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No one wants to be the goat of any sporting event.

But when that event happens to be a critical postseason game, it's always a little more difficult for a player to accept their mishap.

Unfortunately, that's what St. Louis Cardinals reliever Randy Choate has to live with, though, as his throwaway on a Gregor Blanco's bunt in Game 3 of the NLCS allowed Brandon Crawford to score the winning run from second base in the 10th inning.

Misplaying that ball proved to be a major turning point in the entire series, as the Giants went on to win the next two games to close out the series and earn their third strip to the Fall Classic in the past five years.