While watching the Red Sox-Yankees Series over the weekend, I got into an argument with one of my friends about whether these games were enjoyable or not (Red Sox fan) I was thinking, how do I quantify a baseball game’s entertainment value, mainly to prove him wrong. Since I don't recall ever seeing anything that measures how "good" or "entertaining" a game was, what I've done is develop a preliminary Entertainment Score for a baseball game, or an E-Score. The methodology I used was essentially Bill James’ pitcher Game Score rating. It's not the prettiest method but I wanted to use this mainly to figure out a way to rank the greatest baseball games, As I think that the 14 inning game on Friday was really entertaining, but wanted to see how it compared to other "great" games like the 2003 ALCS and such. I should note I envision E-Score being context and team-neutral, while I realize a lot of entertainment is derived from the context like standings and WC etc, I wanted to measure the quality of the game itself. (Like if you went to a PIT-KC game)
The issue I've run into is that after spending 30 or such minutes on google, it's kinda hard to find a list of "great" baseball games. I know there's a book that talks about the best 100 games and I'm stopping by the bookstore tomorrow, but I want some fairly recent games (like 1990+). So that's why I'm here, I've made a couple so far that I've found and off the top of my head but I was wondering if y'all had any favorite games or exciting games you remembered, and if you could share them, it would really, really help me figure out a way to rank the games.
Here's what I've got so far:
|1975 WS G6||CIN||BOS||110.6||-7.7||73.5||20.0||196.4|
|1986 NLCS G6||NYM||HOU||103.9||-18.0||95.5||5.0||186.4|
|2003 ALCS G7||BOS||NYY||109.3||-13.8||46.5||20.0||162.0|
|1968 WS G7||DET||STL||49.9||35.8||22.0||50.0||157.7|
|2001 WS G7||NYY||ARZ||77.1||13.3||39.5||20.0||149.9|
|1982 WS G7||MIL||STL||72.6||16.3||21.0||5.0||114.9|
|2001 ALDS G3||NYY||OAK||40.2||24.8||32.5||5.0||102.5|
|1955 WS G7||BRO||NYY||33.7||24.7||10.5||25.0||93.9|
|2003 NLDS G5||CHC||ATL||69.0||8.3||0.5||0.0||77.8|
|2002 WS G7||SF||LAA||38.0||1.6||3.0||5.0||47.6|
Thanks for your help in advance! And incidently, I developed the score way before I read this THT article while searching for best games. Don't know what it means, but I found it interesting.