Baseball is Americas past time. And it is an all American game that kids play all across the country in the hopes that they will one day be able to play in one of the most exciting games in history. Some of these people grew up and became part of history in the fact that they played in some of the longest games in MLB history. These games will go down in history as being some of the longest games to ever occur.
New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox April 2015
This was a battle to the end between these two storied clubs. The game was so long that Mark Texeria was 34 when the game started and when it ended he was 35. This literally meant that he had a birthday while the game was going on. The game lasted 6 hours and 49 minutes not counting the 16 minute delay for fixing a malfunction with the lighting. This would mean that the total time that the teams were on the field was more than seven hours.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Baltimore Orioles
6 Hours and 54 minutes. That is the amount of time that these two teams played over the course of 18 innings. The game lasted so long that the Rays almost went through their entire pitching rotation and players were beginning to show signs of wear as they were having a harder time making contact with the ball. This was trumped in August of the same year when The Phillies and Diamondbacks lasted 18 innings and came in at seven hours and 6 minutes. This was still not close to the longest game as the mark would be high to reach.
San Francisco Giants New York Mets 5/31/1964
This was the second longest game in MLB history. It came in at 7 hours and 23 minutes and lasted 23 innings. This was a slug fest that saw the Giants win with a score of 8-6. the game saw one of the highest number of pitches ever thrown and fans began to actually boo as the game was taking longer than they thought it should. Some fans actually threw trash onto the field in protest of the game taking so long. Once order was restored, the Giants knocked two runs in and went home with the win over the Mets.
Brewers and White Sox 1984
This was a marathon that took everything that both teams had in them as the game went on for a grueling 8 hours and 6 minutes. And lasted a total of 25 innings. This was such a long game that it was actually suspended at the top of the 18th inning and picked up the next day in order to give the players the chance to get a little rest to be able to continue. This would go down as one of the longest games ever to be played in baseball and many games have tried to approach that record but none have actually made it that far.
Baseball can be a very fun sport to watch and if you are expecting the game to run a certain amount of time, you will be surprised to discover that a lot of the games go longer than what they were expected to. Who knows one day you may be in attendance at a game that surpasses the record of 25 innings and eight hours. You will be able to tell your grand kids that you were in attendance at the longest game in MLB history. It may not sound like a lot, but it will make for one interesting story.