Chris Jaffe came up with a scoring system to evaluate how exciting World Series games are. It’s extensive, but simple and very easy to understand. You can read about it here.
Yesterday he compared Thursday night’s Game 6 to 1975 Game 6 (Fisk home run) and Thursday’s game came out on top. He also compared that game to the 1960 World Series Game 7 (Mazeroski game) and Thursday’s Game 6 was just a bit behind that one.
I can easily say that Game 6 this year was the most exciting Game 6 I’ve ever seen. Since I started watching the World Series in the early 80s, there have been 16 of them and none compare to Thursday. At various times in the game I found myself rooting for the Rangers and then the Cardinals and then the Rangers and it went back and forth. I wanted a game 7 before it started, but during the game I went back and forth. Thursday’s game may have been the most exciting WS game I’ve watched in the last decade. Game 4 in 2009 is up there.
Game 6 this year had more television viewers than any game last year. Game 4 and 6 of the 2009 World Series topped this year’s Game 6. No game in 2005, 2006, 2007 or 2008 topped Game 6 on Thursday. All 4 of the Red Sox/Cardinals games in 2004 had more for obvious reasons.
This year’s Game 7 had even more viewers than Game 6. Over the last decade only 6 or 7 World Series games have been watched by more people than watched Games 6 and 7 this year. The most viewers in any WS game going back to 2002 was Game 7 of the 2002 World Series (30.9 million).
For a series this year that consisted of teams with smaller fan bases than FOX would have liked, Game 6 and 7 did quite well in comparison to other WS games since 2002.