A ridiculously long, somewhat vague, and hopefully complete list of honorable mentions, in no particular order: Trot Nixon’s pinch-hit walkoff homer off Rich Harden in Game 3 of the 2003 ALCS . . . Ortiz’s I-ain’t-dead-yet three-run homer to jump start the Sox’s comeback in Game 5 against the Rays . . . Lowe gets Jason Tyner to ground out to complete his no-hitter . . . Clay Buchholz’s filthy curve to whiff Nick Markakis and complete his no-hitter . . . Jon Lester throwing strike three past Alberto Callaspo to complete his no-hitter . . . Terry Francona embracing Lester in the aftermath as if he were his own son . . . Rodney Harrison's interception to clinch Super Bowl XXXIX, then flapping his wings like T.O . . . MVP Deion Branch’s full-extension catch after the ball slipped through an Eagles defender’s hands during that same Super Bowl . . . Branch’s 60-yard TD catch against the Steelers early in the 2004 AFC title game . . . Bobby Kielty’s solo homer in Game 4 of the 2007 World Series, which proved to be the margin of victory . . . Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen holding up jerseys and their introductory press conference alongside a beaming Paul Pierce . . . Bryan Cox’s we’re-not-to-be-messed-with hit on the Colts’ Jerome Pathon in the 2001 regular season . . . Willie McGinest stuffing Edgerrin James at the 1-yard line to steal a crucial win in Indy in 2003 . . . Bethel Johnson’s kick return TD against the Colts just before the half in the same game . . . Troy Brown beating the Dolphins deep in overtime . . .Brown’s strip of the Chargers’ Marlon McCree to keep the Patriots alive in the 2006 AFC Divisional playoffs . . . J.D. Drew’s game-winning single in the ninth inning of Game 5 against the Rays . . .Drew’s two-run homer two innings earlier . . . Josh Beckett's third straight strikeout in the first inning of Game 1 of the 2007 World Series . . . Drew Bledsoe’s lasered touchdown pass to David Patten versus the Steelers in the 2001 AFC Championship game . . . P.J. Brown’s crucial jumper with a little more than a minute remaining in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals versus Cavs . . . Paul Pierce’s lucky-bounce free throw to ice the Cavs series and cap his 41-point performance . . . Any of Ty Law’s three picks in the AFC Championship game against the Colts . . . Any of J.R. Redmond’s receptions in the 2001 postseason . . . Brady’s go-ahead touchdown pass to Jabar Gaffney with 55 seconds remaining to beat the Ravens and keep the Patriots undefeated in 2007 . . . Roughly two dozen other moments from the 2004 baseball postseason . . .
About Touching All The Bases
Irreverence and insight from Chad Finn, a Globe/Boston.com sports writer and media columnist. A winner of several national and regional writing awards, he is the founder and sole contributor to the TATB blog, which launched in December 2004. Yes, he realizes how lucky he is.