2003 American League Championship Series

The 2003 American League Championship Series (ALCS) was played between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees from October 8 to 16, 2003. The Yankees won the series four games to three to advance to the World Series, where they lost in six games to the National League champion Florida Marlins.

2003 American League Championship Series
2003ALCSLogo
Teams
Team (Wins) Manager Season
New York Yankees (4) Joe Torre 101–61, .623, GA: 6
Boston Red Sox (3) Grady Little 95–67, .586, GB: 6
DatesOctober 8–16
MVPMariano Rivera (New York)
UmpiresTim McClelland, Terry Craft, Alfonso Márquez, Derryl Cousins, Joe West, Ángel Hernández
ALDS
Broadcast
TelevisionFox (United States)
MLB International (International)
TV announcersJoe Buck, Tim McCarver and Bret Boone (Fox)
Gary Thorne and Ken Singleton (MLB International)
RadioESPN
Radio announcersJon Miller and Joe Morgan

Summary

This series delivered yet another blow to Red Sox fans' hopes of winning a World Series for the first time since 1918. The series seemed evenly matched, with the lead being held first by the Red Sox, then by the Yankees.[1] The Sox forced the series to a full seven games, with the seventh game setting another major league record for the rivalry between the two teams: it marked the first time two major league teams have played more than 25 games against each other over the course of a single season.[2] The Red Sox also set an ALCS record with twelve home runs in the series.

New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox

New York won the series, 4–3.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 8 Boston Red Sox – 5, New York Yankees – 2 Yankee Stadium (I) 3:20 56,281[3] 
2 October 9 Boston Red Sox – 2, New York Yankees – 6 Yankee Stadium (I) 3:05 56,295[4] 
3 October 11 New York Yankees – 4, Boston Red Sox – 3 Fenway Park 3:09 34,209[5] 
4 October 13 New York Yankees – 2, Boston Red Sox – 3 Fenway Park 2:49 34,599[6] 
5 October 14 New York Yankees – 4, Boston Red Sox – 2 Fenway Park 3:04 34,619[7] 
6 October 15 Boston Red Sox – 9, New York Yankees – 6 Yankee Stadium (I) 3:57 56,277[8] 
7 October 16 Boston Red Sox – 5, New York Yankees – 6 (11 innings) Yankee Stadium (I) 3:56 56,279[9]

Game summaries

Game 1

Wednesday, October 8, 2003 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York 8:07ET MLB on FOX

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 5 13 0
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 3 0
WP: Tim Wakefield (1–0)   LP: Mike Mussina (0–1)   Sv: Scott Williamson (1)
Home runs:
BOS: David Ortiz (1), Todd Walker (1), Manny Ramírez (1)
NYY: None

Tim Wakefield shut the Bronx Bombers down for six innings in Game 1, allowing only back-to-back one-out singles to Jorge Posada and Hideki Matsui in the second. Mike Mussina pitched three shutout innings before allowing a leadoff single to Manny Ramirez in the fourth, then the Red Sox began to flex their muscles. David Ortiz homered into the third deck in right field to put the Red Sox, up 2–0. Next inning, Todd Walker drove Mussina's first pitch down the right-field line; the ball appeared to strike the foul pole, but was called foul by right field umpire Angel Hernandez. Home plate umpire Tim McClelland immediately overruled him, and awarded Walker home plate. Manny Ramirez followed with a home run later that inning to put the Red Sox ahead, 4–0. [3] In the top of the seventh, Jeff Nelson allowed a two-out single to Ramirez and hit Ortiz with a pitch before Kevin Millar's RBI single made it 5-0 Boston. In the bottom of the inning, Wakefield walked Jason Giambi and Bernie Williams before being relieved by Alan Embree, who allowed an RBI double to Posada and sacrifice fly to Matsui to make it 5-2 Boston. However, the Yankees would not score again as the Red Sox took a 1-0 series lead.

Game 2

Thursday, October 9, 2003 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 10 1
New York 0 2 1 0 1 0 2 0 X 6 8 0
WP: Andy Pettitte (1–0)   LP: Derek Lowe (0–1)
Home runs:
BOS: Jason Varitek (1)
NYY: Nick Johnson (1)

After leaving the bases loaded in the first, the Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the second off Andy Pettitte when Jason Varitek hit a lead off double, moved to third on Trot Nixon's single, and scored on Damian Jackson's single. In the bottom of the inning, Derek Lowe issued a leadoff walk to Jorge Posada and one out later, Nick Johnson's home run put the Yankees up 2-1. Next inning, Lowe allowed three consecutive one-out singles, the last of which by Bernie Williams scored Derek Jeter to make it 3-1 Yankees. In the fifth, Williams doubled with one out and scored on a single by Hideki Matsui, who was tagged out at second to end the inning. Varitek's home run in the sixth off Pettitte made it 4-2 Yankees. In the seventh, Lowe allowed a two-out single to Jason Giambi and walked Williams before being relieved by Scott Sauerbeck, who allowed a two-run double to Posada to make it 6-2 Yankees. Their lead held, tying the series at 1-1 heading to Boston.

Game 3

Saturday, October 11, 2003 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 7 0
Boston 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 6 0
WP: Roger Clemens (1–0)   LP: Pedro Martínez (0–1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)
Home runs:
NYY: Derek Jeter (1)
BOS: None

Game 3 was highly anticipated, a classic matchup between Sox ace Pedro Martínez and former Sox pitcher Roger Clemens, who, on the cusp of retirement, was thought to be pitching his last game at Fenway Park. Early on, Karim Garcia was hit in the back by a Martinez fastball. Words were exchanged and Martinez threateningly gestured towards Yankee catcher Jorge Posada. When Garcia was forced out at second, he slid hard into Todd Walker. The following inning, Manny Ramírez took exception to a high Clemens pitch and charged the mound. Both benches cleared, but the resulting brawl turned surreal when 72-year-old Yankee bench coach Don Zimmer charged Pedro Martínez. Martinez sidestepped and brushed the charging Zimmer down. Zimmer then stumbled and fell onto the ground as Yankee trainer Gene Monahan and various Yankee players attended to him. After the thirteen-minute delay, during which Fenway Park stopped all beer sales for the remainder of the game, Clemens struck out Ramirez and proceeded to pitch effectively as the Yankees held a lead. The game would not end quietly: a Fenway groundskeeper got into a scuffle with Yankee reliever Jeff Nelson and Garcia in the middle of the 9th inning in the bullpen area. The employee had cheered a double play turned by the Red Sox and Nelson was upset; the employee was taken to the hospital with cleat marks on his back and arm, while Garcia left with a cut his hand. [5]

In the bottom of the first, Clemens allowed a leadoff single to Johnny Damon and subsequent double to Todd Walker. After Nomar Garciaparra struck out, Manny Ramirez's double put the Red Sox up 2-0. The Yankees cut it to 2-1 in the second off Martinez when Jorge Posada hit a leadoff double and scored on Karim Garcia's single two outs later. Derek Jeter's home run next inning tied the game. In the fourth, Posada drew a leadoff walk, moved to third on Nick Johnson's single, and scored on Hideki Matsui's ground-rule double. After Garcia was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Alfonso Soriano hit into a double play that scored Johnson and put the Yankees up 4-2. In the bottom of the seventh, reliever Félix Heredia issued a leadoff walk to David Ortiz. Jose Contreras relieved Heredia and allowed a single to Kevin Millar that moved Ortiz to third. Ortiz scored when Trot Nixon hit into a double play to make it 4-3 Yankees. Their lead held, though, putting them up 2-1 in the series.

Game 4

Monday, October 13, 2003 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 6 1
Boston 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 X 3 6 0
WP: Tim Wakefield (2–0)   LP: Mike Mussina (0–2)   Sv: Scott Williamson (2)
Home runs:
NYY: Rubén Sierra (1)
BOS: Todd Walker (2), Trot Nixon (1)

Rain postponed Game 4 from Sunday, October 12, to Monday, October 13. The Red Sox went up 1-0 on Todd Walker's second home run of the series in the fourth off Mike Mussina. In the top of the fifth, Tim Wakefield allowed back-to-back one hit singles before Derek Jeter's double tied the game and put runners on second and third. Bernie Williams walked with two outs to load the bases, but Jorge Posada lined out to left to end the inning. In the bottom half, Trot Nixon's home run put the Red Sox up 2-1. They loaded the bases in the seventh off Mussina on a double and two walks with one out when Jason Varitek hit into a force out at second, narrowly beating Alfonso Soriano's throw to first to avoid a double play and allow Kevin Millar to score to make it 3-1. Ruben Sierra's one-out home run in the ninth off Scott Williamson made it 3-2, but Williamson struck out David Dellucci and Soriano to end the game and tie the series at 2-2.

Game 5

Tuesday, October 14, 2003 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 7 1
Boston 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 6 1
WP: David Wells (1–0)   LP: Derek Lowe (0–2)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (2)
Home runs:
NYY: None
BOS: Manny Ramírez (2)

The Yankees loaded the bases in the second off Derek Lowe on two walks and a hit when Karim Garcia's single scored two, then Alfonso Soriano's single scored another. Manny Ramirez's leadoff home run in the fourth off David Wells made it 3-1. They made it 4-1 in the eighth when Bernie Williams reached on a force out at second, moved to third on Jorge Posada's single and scored on Hideki Matsui's groundout off Alan Embree. In the bottom of the inning, Todd Walker hit a leadoff triple off Mariano Rivera and scored on Nomar Garciaparra's groundout to make it 4-2 Yankees. Rivera, though, shut out the Red Sox for the rest of the game, leaving the Yankees one win away from the World Series.

Game 6

Wednesday, October 15, 2003 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 4 0 0 0 3 0 2 9 16 1
New York 1 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 6 12 2
WP: Alan Embree (1–0)   LP: José Contreras (0–1)   Sv: Scott Williamson (3)
Home runs:
BOS: Jason Varitek (2), Trot Nixon (2)
NYY: Jason Giambi (1), Jorge Posada (1)

Jason Giambi's one-out home run in the first off John Burkett put the Yankees up 1-0, but Jason Varitek's leadoff home run in the fourth off Andy Pettitte tied the score. The Red Sox loaded the bases with one out on two walks and a single before David Ortiz's single scored two and Kevin Millar's single scored another to put them up 4-1. In the bottom of the fourth, Jorge Posada and Hideki Matsui hit back-to-back one-out singles before Nick Johnson's double and Aaron Boone's groundout scored a run each. Nomar Garciaparra's error allowed Karim Garcia to reach base before Alfonso Soriano's two-run double put the Yankees on top, 5-4, and ended Burkett's night. Posada's home run next inning off Bronson Arroyo made it 6-4 Yankees. In the top of the seventh, Garciaparra hit a leadoff triple off Jose Contreras and scored on Matsui's errant throw to third. Manny Ramirez then doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on David Ortiz's single to tie the game. After allowing a one-out single to Bill Mueller, Contreras was relieved by Félix Heredia, who struck out Trot Nixon, but threw a wild pitch that put runners on second and third. After intentionally walking Jason Varitek to load the bases, Heredia walked Johnny Damon to force in a run and put the Red Sox up 7-6. They added insurance in the ninth when Mueller doubled with one out off Jeff Nelson. Gabe White relieved Nelson and allowed a home run to Nixon to make it 9-6. Scott Williamson retired the Yankees in order in the bottom half for his third save of the series, forcing a Game 7.

Game 7

Thursday, October 16, 2003 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Boston 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 11 0
New York 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 0 1 6 11 1
WP: Mariano Rivera (1–0)   LP: Tim Wakefield (2–1)
Home runs:
BOS: Trot Nixon (3), Kevin Millar (1), David Ortiz (2)
NYY: Jason Giambi 2 (3), Aaron Boone (1)

In the Martinez–Clemens rematch of Game 3, Clemens allowed a one-out single to Kevin Millar before Trot Nixon's home run put Boston up 2-0. After Bill Mueller struck out, Jason Varitek doubled and scored on third baseman Enrique Wilson's throwing error to first on Johnny Damon's ground ball. Millar's leadoff home run in the fourth made it 4-0 Boston. Nixon then walked and moved to third on Mueller's single to knock Clemens out of the game. In the first relief appearance of his career, Mike Mussina proceeded to clean up Clemens' mess by striking out Jason Varitek and inducing a Johnny Damon double play. His three innings of scoreless relief, and home runs in the fifth and seventh innings by Jason Giambi, kept the Yankees in the ballgame. However, in the eighth inning, with the Red Sox leading 5–2 after David Ortiz homered in the top half off David Wells, things unraveled for Boston. Sox manager Grady Little left a tiring Martinez in for the eighth, a controversial move which is still discussed years later.[1] Little had two relievers who had shown some effectiveness in the games leading up to the seventh game—Scott Williamson and Mike Timlin (who had not allowed a single hit in the playoffs)—in the bullpen.[1] However, both Williamson and Timlin had experienced stretches of ineffectiveness during the season, while Martinez had Hall of Fame credentials.[10] Critics of the move note that Martinez had experienced diminished effectiveness in the late innings of games in which he had thrown more than 100 pitches.[10] After Cy Young Award winner Martinez assured his manager he still had something left, he gave up a double to Derek Jeter and a single to Bernie Williams, prompting Little to go out to the mound.[1] To the surprise of many, Little left Martinez in the game, leaving lefty Alan Embree in the bullpen with the left-handed Hideki Matsui coming to the plate.[1] Martinez gave up a double to Matsui and a bloop double to Jorge Posada to tie the game, sending it to extra innings. Mariano Rivera came in for the ninth and pitched three shutout innings.[10]

Tim Wakefield pitched a scoreless tenth for Boston and in the bottom of the eleventh faced Aaron Boone, who had entered earlier as a pinch-runner. On Wakefield's first pitch of the inning, Boone launched a walk-off home run into the left field seats. Fox Sports displayed a collection of images thereafter: tears welling up in the eyes of Aaron's brother, Seattle Mariners infielder Bret Boone (the guest announcer), ALCS MVP Mariano Rivera running to the mound and collapsing on it in joy, Boone jumping on home plate, and Rivera being carried off on his teammates' shoulders.[11]

Composite box

2003 ALCS (4–3): New York Yankees over Boston Red Sox

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
New York Yankees 1 6 2 6 4 0 5 4 1 0 1 30 54 5
Boston Red Sox 2 4 4 5 3 1 6 2 2 0 0 29 68 3
Total attendance: 328,559   Average attendance: 46,937

Aftermath

The series is widely considered to be one of the worst losses in Boston sports history.[10][12] The loss was crushing for Red Sox fans, many of whom blamed Little for leaving Martinez in the game and not going to his recently dependable bullpen, since Martinez had experienced difficulty pitching effectively beyond 100 pitches.[1] In his book Now I Can Die in Peace, Bill Simmons writes that the Boston owners and Theo Epstein had ordered Little to remove Pedro from the game when he finished the seventh inning and/or topped the three-digit pitch count. Martinez was sure he would not be called on for the eighth inning, but agreed to do so when his manager asked him. After the game, Little reportedly and prophetically told his pitcher "Petey, I might not be here anymore." Little defended his move by saying that he felt a tired Martinez was a better option than anyone else on the team. Defenders of Little also noted that the Red Sox offense collapsed in the game, as the club scored only two runs in the last nine innings of the contest and also noted the poor defensive play of Johnny Damon in center field during the crucial inning.[1] Others have noted that by staying with a physically fragile pitcher in an ultimate game with two runners on base, a three-run lead, a rested pitcher who had performed well in the postseason ready in the bullpen and the other team's MVP on deck, Little did exactly what Hall of Fame manager Walter Alston did with Sandy Koufax in Game 7 of the 1965 World Series, which Alston's Dodgers won. Little's contract was not renewed after the season and he was replaced by Terry Francona.[13] Little went on to manage the Los Angeles Dodgers before ironically being replaced by Joe Torre.[14]

Aaron Boone's home run that clinched the pennant for the Yankees often draws comparisons to another famous Yankee home run against the Red Sox in the postseason: specifically, the one Bucky Dent hit in a one-game playoff between the two teams that decided the American League East division title in 1978. However, the Yankees won the World Series that year, doing so against the Dodgers. As with Dent, Boone has had the expletive "Fucking" assigned as a middle name by Red Sox fans in the following years.

Until the final game of the pennant race, some baseball fans had been hoping for a rematch of the 1918 World Series:[10] a showdown between the Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs, one of only two major league teams to have played for a longer period of time since winning the World Series (the other was the Chicago White Sox, who went on to win the Series in 2005).[10] The Cubs reached the 2003 National League Championship Series against the Florida Marlins. As with the Red Sox, they had a three-run lead and were only five outs away from reaching the World Series, although this was in Game 6, when the Marlins scored eight runs in that inning and won the game 8–3.[15][16][17] The Marlins would win Game 7, 9–6, to advance to the World Series,[18] where they defeated the Yankees four games to two.[19] The Cubs themselves would not reach the World Series again until 2016, which they won by defeating the Cleveland Indians in the full seven games. By doing so, the Cubs ended the Curse of the Billy Goat and were replaced by the Indians themselves, who now own the longest active championship drought, having not won since 1948.

The following year, Boston and New York met again in the ALCS, with Boston becoming the first team in major league history — as well as just the third team in American professional sports history — to come back to win a playoff series after being down three games to none;[20] they then swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series to win their first championship since 1918 and thus end the Curse of the Bambino.[21]

In the 2005–06 offseason, the rivalry between Boston and New York revived the Yankees loss to the Marlins in the 2003 World Series when they traded Josh Beckett, the pitcher who pitched a complete game shutout against the Yankees in the deciding game of the World Series to the Red Sox.[19][22]

The Yankees would eventually hire post season hero Aaron Boone to be their manager prior to the 2018 season.

Notable performers

  • Trot Nixon—.333 average, three home runs, five RBI
  • David Ortiz, Manny Ramírez, Jason Varitek, Todd Walker—two home runs each.
  • Tim Wakefield—Won Game 1 and Game 4 for the Red Sox, and very likely would have been the ALCS MVP had Boston held on to win the series.
  • Jorge Posada—.296 average, four doubles
  • Mariano Rivera—eight innings, 1.12 ERA, two saves (Series MVP)
  • Mike Timlin and Alan Embree (combined)—ten innings, four hits, zero earned runs
  • Mike Mussina and Rivera—six innings, six strikeouts, four hits, and zero earned runs combined in relief during Game 7.
  • Jason Giambi—Before the eighth inning rally in Game 7, Giambi had provided the Yankees' only offense with two solo home runs off Pedro Martínez.
  • Aaron Boone—Hit an eleventh inning walk-off home run in Game 7.

References

Inline citations
  1. ^ a b c d e f g Shaughnessy, Dan (2005). Reversing the Curse. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. ISBN 0-618-51748-0.
  2. ^ Antonen, Mel (October 16, 2003). "Red Sox still kicking; Boston bats break loose 9-6, force Game 7 with Yankees". USA Today. p. C1.
  3. ^ a b "2003 ALCS Game 1 - Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  4. ^ "2003 ALCS Game 2 - Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  5. ^ a b "2003 ALCS Game 3 - New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  6. ^ "2003 ALCS Game 4 - New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  7. ^ "2003 ALCS Game 5 - New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  8. ^ "2003 ALCS Game 6 - Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  9. ^ "2003 ALCS Game 7 - Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  10. ^ a b c d e f Shaughnessy, Dan (October 17, 2003). "Heartbreak again; Yankees beat Red Sox, 6-5, on 11th-inning homer to capture AL pennant". Boston Globe. p. A1. Archived from the original on August 7, 2011. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
  11. ^ Major League Baseball on Fox: Game 7 of 2003 American League Championship Series (television). Fox Sports. October 16, 2003.
  12. ^ Shaughnessy, Dan (May 15, 2010). "A chance to change, but a familiar ending". Boston Globe. p. C1. Retrieved March 10, 2011.
  13. ^ Golen, Jimmy (December 4, 2003). "Red Sox hire Francona as manager". USA Today. Associated Press. Retrieved July 4, 2008.
  14. ^ Associated Press (November 1, 2007). "Torre succeeds Little as Dodgers manager". ESPN.com.
  15. ^ Muskat, Carrie (October 14, 2003). "Crazy eighth forces Game 7". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved June 9, 2011.
  16. ^ Sullivan, Paul (October 15, 2003). "Giveaway is handmade; Fan, Gonzalez hurt Cubs with title in grasp". Chicago Tribune. p. 10.3.
  17. ^ Morrissey, Rick (October 15, 2003). "8th-inning disaster so Cubs". Chicago Tribune. p. 10.4.
  18. ^ Frisaro, Joe (October 15, 2003). "Fish rock Cubs: Bring on the World". MLB.com. Marlins.MLB.com. Archived from the original on March 9, 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  19. ^ a b Kepner, Tyler (October 26, 2003). "Young Ace Has Winning Hand, And Yankees Are Sent Reeling". New York Times. p. 1.1.
  20. ^ Shaughnessy, Dan (October 21, 2004). "A World Series ticket; Sox complete comeback, oust Yankees for AL title". The Boston Globe. p. A1.
  21. ^ Shaughnessy, Dan (October 28, 2004). "YES!!!: Red Sox complete sweep, win first Series since 1918". The Boston Globe. p. A1.
  22. ^ Snow, Chris; Edes, Gordon (November 25, 2005). "Red Sox Finalize an Extended Deal; Trade with the Marlins Lands Beckett, Lowell—Mota". Boston Globe. p. C2.
Bibliography
  • Shaughnessy, Dan (2005). Reversing the Curse. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. ISBN 0-618-51748-0.

External links

1978 American League East tie-breaker game

The 1978 American League East tie-breaker game was a one-game extension to Major League Baseball's (MLB) 1978 regular season, played between the rival New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox to determine the winner of the American League's (AL) East Division. The game was played at Fenway Park in Boston, on the afternoon of Monday, October 2.

The tie-breaker was necessitated after the Yankees and Red Sox finished the season tied for first place in the AL East with identical 99–63 (.611) records. Entering the final day of the season on Sunday, the Yankees had a one-game lead: they lost 9–2 to Cleveland while Boston shut out Toronto 5–0 to force the playoff. The Red Sox were the home team by virtue of a coin toss. In baseball statistics, the tie-breaker counted as the 163rd regular season game for both teams, with all events in the game added to regular season statistics.

Ron Guidry started for the Yankees, while Mike Torrez started for the Red Sox. The Yankees fell behind 2–0, with a home run by Carl Yastrzemski and an RBI single by Jim Rice. The Yankees took the lead in the seventh on a three-run home run by Bucky Dent. The Yankees defeated the Red Sox 5–4, with Guidry getting the win, while Goose Gossage recorded a save. With the victory, the Yankees finished the regular season with a 100–63 (.613) record, and clinched the AL East championship, en route to winning the World Series. This was the first tie-breaker to be contested after the introduction of divisional play in 1969. As of 2018, the '78 Yankees remain the last team to have won the World Series after playing a tiebreaker.

2004 American League Championship Series

The 2004 American League Championship Series was the Major League Baseball playoff series to decide the American League champion for the 2004 season, and the right to play in the 2004 World Series. A rematch of the 2003 American League Championship Series, it was played between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, at Fenway Park and the original Yankee Stadium, from October 12 to 20, 2004. The Red Sox became the first (and so far only) team in MLB history to come back from a 3–0 deficit to win a seven-game series. The Red Sox, who had won the AL wild card, defeated the Anaheim Angels in the American League Division Series to reach the ALCS, while the Yankees, who had won the AL East with the best record in the AL, defeated the Minnesota Twins.

In Game 1, Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina pitched a perfect game through six innings, while the Red Sox recovered from an eight-run deficit to close within one run before the Yankees eventually won. A home run by John Olerud helped the Yankees win Game 2. The Yankees gathered 22 hits in Game 3 on their way to an easy win. The Yankees led Game 4 by one run in the ninth inning, but a steal of second base by Red Sox base runner Dave Roberts and a single by Bill Mueller off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera tied the game. A home run by David Ortiz then won it for the Red Sox in extra innings. Ortiz also won Game 5 with a single in the fourteenth inning. Curt Schilling pitched seven innings in Game 6 for the Red Sox, during which time his sock became soaked in blood due to an injury in his ankle. Game 7 featured the Red Sox paying back New York for their Game 3 blowout with a dominating performance on the road, anchored by Derek Lowe and bolstered by two Johnny Damon home runs, one a grand slam. David Ortiz was named the Most Valuable Player of the series.The Red Sox would go on to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, winning their first World Series championship in 86 years and ending the Curse of the Bambino.

Aaron Boone

Aaron John Boone (born March 9, 1973) is an American former professional baseball infielder, broadcaster, and current manager for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He is the son of Bob Boone, grandson of Ray Boone, and the brother of Bret Boone. He played in MLB for the Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Florida Marlins, Washington Nationals, and Houston Astros from 1997 through 2009.

Boone was an All-Star in 2003, and hit a series-winning walk-off home run in the 2003 American League Championship Series. From 2010 to 2017, Boone was employed by ESPN as a game analyst and was a color commentator for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball coverage, as well as a contributor to Baseball Tonight. In December 2017, the Yankees hired Boone to become the 33rd manager in franchise history.

Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox are an American professional baseball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) East division. The Red Sox have won nine World Series championships, tied for the third-most of any MLB team, and they have played in 13. Their most recent appearance and win was in 2018. In addition, they won the 1904 American League pennant, but were not able to defend their 1903 World Series championship when the New York Giants refused to participate in the 1904 World Series. Founded in 1901 as one of the American League's eight charter franchises, the Red Sox' home ballpark has been Fenway Park since 1912. The "Red Sox" name was chosen by the team owner, John I. Taylor, circa 1908, following the lead of previous teams that had been known as the "Boston Red Stockings", including the forerunner of the Atlanta Braves.

Boston was a dominant team in the new league, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first World Series in 1903 and winning four more championships by 1918. However, they then went into one of the longest championship droughts in baseball history, dubbed the "Curse of the Bambino" after its alleged inception due to the Red Sox' sale of Babe Ruth to the rival New York Yankees two years after their world championship in 1918, an 86-year wait before the team's sixth World Championship in 2004. The team's history during that period was punctuated with some of the most memorable moments in World Series history, including Enos Slaughter's "mad dash" in 1946, the "Impossible Dream" of 1967, Carlton Fisk's home run in 1975, and Bill Buckner's error in 1986. Following their victory in the 2018 World Series, they became the first team to win four World Series trophies in the 21st century, with championships in 2004, 2007, 2013 and 2018. Red Sox history has also been marked by the team's intense rivalry with the Yankees, arguably the fiercest and most historic in North American professional sports.The Boston Red Sox are owned by Fenway Sports Group, which also owns Liverpool F.C. of the Premier League in England. The Red Sox are consistently one of the top MLB teams in average road attendance, while the small capacity of Fenway Park prevents them from leading in overall attendance. From May 15, 2003 to April 10, 2013, the Red Sox sold out every home game—a total of 820 games (794 regular season) for a major professional sports record. Both Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline", and The Standells's "Dirty Water" have become anthems for the Red Sox.

Charley Steiner

Charles Harris Steiner (born July 17, 1949) is an American sportscaster and broadcast journalist. He is currently the radio play-by-play announcer for the Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers, paired with Rick Monday.

Don Zimmer

Donald William Zimmer (January 17, 1931 – June 4, 2014) was an American infielder, manager, and coach in Major League Baseball (MLB). Zimmer was involved in professional baseball from 1949 until his death, a span of 65 years.Zimmer signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1949. He played in the major leagues with the Dodgers (1954–59, 1963), Chicago Cubs (1960–61), New York Mets (1962), Cincinnati Reds (1962), and Washington Senators (1963–65). Shortly thereafter came a stint with the Toei Flyers of Nippon Professional Baseball in 1966.

In between, Zimmer saw action in all or parts of 18 minor league seasons spanning 1949–67. He also played winter baseball with the Elefantes de Cienfuegos and the Tigres de Marianao of the Cuban League during the 1952–53 season, as well as for the 1954–55 Puerto Rican League champion Cangrejeros de Santurce en route to the 1955 Caribbean Series. Zimmer led his team to the Series title, topping all hitters with a .400 batting average (8-for-20), three home runs and a .950 slugging percentage, while claiming Most Valuable Player honors.During a minor league game on July 7, 1953, Zimmer was struck in the head by a pitch thrown by pitcher Jim Kirk, and lost consciousness. He suffered blood clots on his brain that required two operations. He woke up two weeks later, thinking that it was the day after the game where the incident took place. This eventually led to Major League Baseball adopting batting helmets as a safety measure to be used by players when at-bat. Phil Rizzuto was the first player to use the batting helmets.Following his retirement as a player, Zimmer began his coaching career. He worked in Minor League Baseball, before coaching the Montreal Expos (1971), San Diego Padres (1972), Boston Red Sox (1974–76, 1992) New York Yankees (1983, 1986, 1996–2003), Cubs (1984–86), San Francisco Giants (1987), Colorado Rockies (1993–95), and Tampa Bay Devil Rays / Rays (2004–14). He served as manager for the Padres (1972–73), Red Sox (1976–80), Texas Rangers (1981–82), and Cubs (1988–91).

Euclides Rojas

Euclides Rojas (born August 25, 1967 in Havana) is a Cuban-born coach and player development official in Major League Baseball. On November 24, 2010, he was named bullpen coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Gary Tuck

Gary Robert Tuck (born September 6, 1954) is an American professional baseball former player and coach. He has coached in Minor League Baseball and in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees, Florida Marlins, and Boston Red Sox.

Grady Little

William Grady Little (born March 30, 1950) is a former manager in Major League Baseball, currently working in the front office of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He managed the Boston Red Sox from 2002 to 2003 and the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2006 to 2007. He was inducted into the Kinston, North Carolina, Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001, Charlotte Baseball Hall of Fame 1985 and was inducted into the Hagerstown Suns Hall of Fame on April 13, 2009.

In his second season with the Red Sox, Little guided the team to a record of 95–66 and an appearance in the 2003 American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees. Despite his accomplishments, Little is best remembered for his decision to leave starting pitcher Pedro Martínez in the eighth inning of Game 7 while the Red Sox held a three run lead, and faced blame for the team's subsequent loss when the Yankees were able to tie the score and win in extra innings.

Karim García

Gustavo Karim García Aguayo (born October 29, 1975) is a former Mexican professional baseball outfielder. García bats and throws left-handed, and has been nicknamed "The Latino Bambino."

Kevin Millar

Kevin Charles Millar (; born September 24, 1971) is an American former professional baseball first baseman who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) and current analyst for MLB Network. He played in MLB for the Florida Marlins, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, and Toronto Blue Jays from 1998 through 2009. He is currently a host along with Chris Rose on the MLB Network show Intentional Talk, and (as of late-March 2018) the show's companion audio podcast "Intentional Talk: Caught Listening".

List of events at Yankee Stadium (1923)

Yankee Stadium was a stadium that opened in 1923 and closed in 2008. It was primarily the home field of the New York Yankees professional baseball club for over eight decades, but it also hosted football games, boxing matches, live concerts, and Papal visits in its 85 years of existence.

New York Yankees

The New York Yankees are an American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of the Bronx. The Yankees compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) East division. They are one of two major league clubs based in New York City; the other club is the National League (NL)'s New York Mets. In the 1901 season, the club began play in the AL as the Baltimore Orioles (no relation to the modern Baltimore Orioles). Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchased the franchise that had ceased operations and moved it to New York City, renaming the club the New York Highlanders. The Highlanders were officially renamed the Yankees in 1913.The team is owned by Yankee Global Enterprises, an LLC that is controlled by the family of the late George Steinbrenner, who purchased the team in 1973. Brian Cashman is the team's general manager, and Aaron Boone is the team's field manager. The team's home games were played at the original Yankee Stadium from 1923 to 1973 and from 1976 to 2008. In 1974 and 1975, the Yankees shared Shea Stadium with the Mets, in addition to the New York Jets, and New York Giants. In 2009, they moved into a new ballpark of the same name that was constructed next door to the previous facility, which was closed and demolished. The team is perennially among the leaders in MLB attendance.

The Yankees are arguably the most successful professional sports team in the United States; they have won 40 AL pennants, and 27 World Series championships, all of which are MLB records. The Yankees have won more titles than any other franchise in the four major North American sports leagues. Forty-four Yankees players and eleven Yankees managers have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, and Whitey Ford. In pursuit of winning championships, the franchise has used a large payroll to attract talent, particularly during the Steinbrenner era. According to Forbes, the Yankees are the second highest valued sports franchise in the United States and the fifth in the world, with an estimated value of approximately $4 billion. The Yankees have garnered enormous popularity and a dedicated fanbase, as well as widespread enmity from fans of other MLB teams. The team's rivalry with the Boston Red Sox is one of the most well-known rivalries in U.S. sports.

From 1903–2018, the Yankees' overall win-loss record is 10,275–7,781 (a .569 winning percentage).

New York Yankees Radio Network

The New York Yankees Radio Network is a Entercom-owned radio network that broadcasts New York Yankees baseball games to 52 stations across 14 states. The network's flagship station is WFAN, which succeeded sister station WCBS as the flagship in 2014; WCBS had aired Yankees broadcasts since the network was founded in 2002 while WFAN had been the flagship station for the Yankees' crosstown rivals, the New York Mets, since the station's founding. (In a rare move, WFAN carried the live broadcast of the Yankees day/night doubleheader at the Baltimore Orioles on August 28, 2011, so WCBS could remain within its usual news format for live, continuing coverage of Hurricane Irene.) The full on-air name of the broadcasts is the WFAN Yankees Radio Network Driven by Jeep, with the Chrysler LLC subsidiary continuing its sponsorship of the network while games are broadcast from the "Sunoco broadcast booth."

The YES Network provides some technical support for each broadcast, and XM Satellite Radio carries the network's feed for every home game the Yankees play as per their contract. A separate, Spanish-language broadcast airs on New York's WADO, 1280 AM.

The Yankees formed their own radio network in 2002 after WCBS outbid longtime Yankees home WABC for the rights.

Red Sox Rule

Red Sox Rule is a book written by Michael Holley that documents the 2007 Boston Red Sox season, a year in which they won the American League pennant and went on to win the World Series.

Surviving Grady

Surviving Grady is a popular blog, detailing the ongoing and occasionally strained relationship between two passionate fans of the Boston Red Sox and their beloved team.

The blog began at the start of the Red Sox' historic 2004 season and swiftly gathered a devoted following, serving as an outlet for a frustrated fanbase to air and share their grievances, disappointments, and eventual triumph. Entries from the 2004 season were later collected and published in book form.

Terry Craft

Terry Lee Craft (born December 9, 1954) is a former professional baseball umpire who worked in the American League from 1987 to 1999 and throughout both major leagues from 2000 to 2006. Craft umpired 1,734 major league games in his 20-year career. He umpired in two no-hitters, a Major League Baseball All-Star Game, an American League Championship Series, and two Division Series.

Terry Francona

Terrence Jon Francona (born April 22, 1959), nicknamed "Tito", is the manager of the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball (MLB). Previously, he was the manager of the Boston Red Sox, whom he led to two World Series titles, ending the franchise's 86-year championship drought.

After an unsuccessful four-year stint as the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, Francona was hired to manage the Red Sox in 2004 and led the team to their first championship since 1918. He won another World Series with Boston in 2007 and continued to manage the team until the end of the 2011 season, where his contract was not renewed following a September collapse. In 2013, Francona was hired to manage the Cleveland Indians and led them to an American League pennant in 2016. In August and September 2017, he led the Indians to a 22-game win streak, the longest win streak in American League history and the longest without ties in MLB history.

Tony Massarotti

Anthony 'Tony' Ezio Massarotti (born October 28, 1967) is an American newspaper sportswriter, author, online and print contributor for the Boston Globe, and a former writer for the Boston Herald. He also co-hosts a sports talk radio show on WBZ-FM with former Boston Herald columnist Michael Felger. Massarotti is a graduate of Waltham High School in Waltham, Massachusetts and a 1989 graduate of Tufts University, where he majored in English and Classics. He was also a member of Theta Chi fraternity. He currently resides in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

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