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What Was The Astros Most Memorable Home Run Of All-Time?

Craig Calcaterra over at The Hardball Times came up with an interesting post idea the other day: what is the most memorable home run hit for each team in their respective histories? Of course, he doesn't know a whole lot about most fanbases, so he welcomed responses. For the Astros, he picked Billy Hatcher's game-tying 14th inning homer in the 1986 NLCS, which the would eventually lose to the Mets:

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Not a game-winner - in fact, they lost the game - but Billy Hatcher hit a homer in the bottom of the 14th inning to tie the score 4-4 in Game 6 of the 1986 NLCS. They went on to lose in the 16th, but boy howdy that was somethin'.

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I've got a few from recent times that I think are also deserving: The Chris Burke 18th inning walkoff in Game 4 of the 2005 NLDS, and the Jeff Kent walkoff in Game 5 of the 2004 NLCS are both extremely memorable bombs.

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I would add the second of Carlos Beltran's home runs against the Braves in Game 5 of the 2004 NLDS to the potential suspects list. Remember, at the time, the Astros had never won a playoff series. The Braves had just struck back with two to bring the game within one, and it was one of those scenarios where doubt crept in if you were a fan. The Braves had knocked the Astros out in three of their four playoff appearances in the late 90's/early 00's, and here they were looking to come back from a 1-0 series deficit and do it again. But Beltran was having none of that, lasering another ball into the seats to make the lead 4-2, and the Astros would pile on to finally get their first playoff series win by a 13-2 scoreline.

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Your pick?

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