2) THE deGrom Game
There is a part of me that may be a little biased because I was at this game and it was my second game back after the shorted 2020 season without fans, but then I look at deGrom’s line again and think it is fair to have this at number two.
April 23rd, 2021, Jacob deGrom threw what was easily the most dominant start I have seen in my life. He threw a complete-game shutout allowing only 2 hits, walked none, struck out 15 Nationals, and went 2 for 4 at the plate with 2 runs scored, a run driven in, and a double.
The 2 hits that were allowed were a missed diving catch by Brandon Nimmo in center field and a hit against the shift that would have normally been a routine ground out. It is amazing how close deGrom was to something even more special than the masterful game he did throw.
It was clear very early on that deGrom had his “A” game that night. It was no later than the completion of the second inning I thought to myself that he could do something special that night. Now while he did not throw a no-hitter or perfect game, he was awfully close and still did have a special game.
In a limited capacity crowd, the place sounded sold out. There were MVP chants the entire night for deGrom, only a few weeks into the season nonetheless. My grandfather even asked me how many people were there when I saw him the next night because it was so loud on the TV.
This is a game I know that I will never forget, partly because I got to see it in person, but also because of how overpowering deGrom was that night, more than his normal self.