The last time a full-season National League West race captured North America's interest and produced the game's two greatest win totals, the division was a much different neighborhood.
On Sunday, Oct. 3, 1993, the Atlanta Braves - then in the NL West - beat the Colorado Rockies at home for their 104th win of the season. A couple thousand miles away at a sun-soaked Dodger Stadium, the Braves-Rockies score illuminated on the scoreboard, the Los Angeles Dodgers routed the San Francisco Giants, who finished in second place and missed the playoffs with 103 wins.
"The Giants lost the pennant, the Giants lost the pennant," wrote Tom Friend for The New York Times, noting it was 42 years to the day that Bobby Thomson's shot heard 'round the world lifted the New York Giants over the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Los Angeles chased San Francisco rookie starting pitcher Salomon Torres from the game in the fourth inning, and Dave Burba fared no better in relief. Burba was in tears postgame in the cramped visitors' clubhouse.
"I was out of gas," Burba told reporters. "I normally throw 93, 92 miles per hour, but I'd like to see what my fastball was today. I'm lucky if it hit 88."
"One of us had to lose and, unfortunately, it's always us or me," Giants left fielder Barry Bonds said, having lost to the Braves in the NLCS the previous two seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
It was the last true pennant race of sorts, where a second-place team - no matter its record - would not advance to MLB's postseason. It was one of just four times a single division produced two 100-plus win teams. The most recent case was the 2018 Yankees, who had a better fate than the '93 Giants - they won their wild-card game against the 97-win Oakland Athletics.