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Joe Carter needs to get over himself

Joe Carter wants some attention.

Specifically, he wants his World Series-clinching home run in Game 6 of the 1993 Series to get more attention.

The Associated Press quoted him the other day:
"Mine, it will make the top 10 but it's never No. 1, it's never been No. 2, it's always been in the middle of the pack. Had it been for the Yankees or the Dodgers, then I think it would have been No. 1. But because it was in Toronto, it has not gotten the respect that I think it really should deserve."

Carter think his home run should be No. 1 or No. 2?

In my book, the top spot is reserved exclusively for Bill Mazeroski and his Game 7 winning home run against the Evil Empire, the New York Yankees.

That shot broke a 9-9 tie in the bottom of the ninth inning. It doesn't get more dramatic than that. Carter's shot happened in Game 6 against a washed-up reliever, Mitch Williams.

Bobby Thomspon gets second billing in my book, although I won't argue if you want to give him the top spot. Thompson's HR got the New York Giants to the World Series, but it is steeped in lore.

How can Carter compare to home run that became known as the "Shot Heard 'Round the World?" Maybe we can call Carter's the "Cry Heard Round the Globe?"

Let's get back to some other pretty big home runs.

There's Kirk Gibson's pinch-hit blast in the 1988 World Series off Dennis Eckersley that propelled the Dodgers past the A's. The Twins' Kirby Puckett had a pretty big home run in the 1991 World Series. Carlton Fisk's shot wasn't so bad either.

And that's just scratching the surface.

Sorry to say it, Joe, but yours is No. 5 -- at best. You'll just have to get over yourself.


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