Ten years ago today was 2001 World Series Game 4. For Yankee fans, this is the most memorable game of what is generally considered the greatest World Series ever.
Due to the tragic events on 9/11, the 2001 season was put on hold for a week. The whole schedule was pushed back, and baseball entered November for the first time ever.
Curt Schilling, on short rest, gave Arizona seven strong innings. Shane Spencer's solo home run was the only time the Yankees crossed the plate in the first eight innings. Orlando Hernandez started for the Yankees, going 6 1/3 innings and allowing one run. Mike Stanton surrendered two runs in the eighth inning, and the Yankees saw themselves trailing 3-1, on the brink of trailing the series 3-1.
Byung-Hyun Kim, who had pitched a clean eighth inning, was one out away from closing out the ninth inning and Game 4. The crowd looked on silently as Tino Martinez came up to the plate with one man on base. Then this happened.
55,000 fans were suddenly alive as the Yankees headed into extra innings. Mariano Rivera pitched a clean top of the tenth inning. In the bottom of the frame, Scott Brosius and Alfonso Soriano both flew out against Byung-Hyun Kim. The clock struck midnight, and November baseball was underway. Derek Jeter walked up to the plate, and on a 3-2 pitch, he sent the ball toward the right field porch and over the 314 sign.
The Yankees tied up the series at 2 games apiece, saving Joe Torre a ton of stress and trouble for the time being.
In Game 5, the Yankees trailed 2-0 with one on and two outs. Kim was once again on the mound, looking to redeem himself. Scott Brosius, however, had other plans. The Yankees went on to win that game in 12 innings. Although the Yankees experienced heartbreaking defeat in the ninth inning of Game 7, they were victorious in three unforgettable home games, and we can appreciate the smiles they put on faces in a shaken city.
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