2004 American League Division Series

The 2004 American League Division Series (ALDS), the opening round of the 2004 American League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 5, and ended on Saturday, October 9, with the champions of the three AL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. They were:


The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox went on to meet in the AL Championship Series (ALCS). The Red Sox became the American League champion, and defeated the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals in the 2004 World Series for their first World Championship since 1918.

2004 American League Division Series
Team (Wins) Manager Season
New York Yankees (3) Joe Torre 101–61, .623, GA: 3
Minnesota Twins (1) Ron Gardenhire 92–70, .568, GA: 9
DatesOctober 5 – 9
TelevisionFox (Games 1, 4)
ESPN (Games 2–3)
TV announcersJoe Buck, Tim McCarver (Game 1)
Jon Miller, Joe Morgan (Games 2–3)
Josh Lewin, Steve Lyons (Game 4)
Radio announcersDan Shulman, Dave Campbell
UmpiresCharlie Reliford, Mark Wegner, Brian Gorman, Mike Everitt, Jerry Crawford, Paul Nauert
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Boston Red Sox (3) Terry Francona 98–64, .605, GB: 3
Anaheim Angels (0) Mike Scioscia 92–70, .568, GA: 1
DatesOctober 5 – 8
TV announcersChris Berman, Rick Sutcliffe, Tony Gwynn
Radio announcersJohn Rooney, Buck Martinez
UmpiresLarry Young, Jerry Meals, Brian Runge, Gary Cederstrom, Ed Montague, Kerwin Danley


New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins

New York won the series, 3–1.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 5 Minnesota Twins – 2, New York Yankees – 0 Yankee Stadium (I) 2:53 55,749[2] 
2 October 6 Minnesota Twins – 6, New York Yankees – 7 (12 innings) Yankee Stadium (I) 4:19 56,354[3] 
3 October 8 New York Yankees – 8, Minnesota Twins – 4 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 3:02 54,803[4] 
4 October 9 New York Yankees – 6, Minnesota Twins – 5 (11 innings) Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 4:16 52,498[5]

Anaheim Angels vs. Boston Red Sox

Boston won the series, 3–0.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 5 Boston Red Sox – 9, Anaheim Angels – 3 Angel Stadium of Anaheim 3:04 44,608[6] 
2 October 6 Boston Red Sox – 8, Anaheim Angels – 3 Angel Stadium of Anaheim 3:48 45,118[7] 
3 October 8 Anaheim Angels – 6, Boston Red Sox – 8 (10 innings) Fenway Park 4:11 35,547[8]

New York vs. Minnesota

Game 1, October 5

Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 7 0
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
WP: Johan Santana (1–0)   LP: Mike Mussina (0–1)   Sv: Joe Nathan (1)
Home runs:
MIN: Jacque Jones (1)
NYY: None

Pitching dominated in Game 1 as Mike Mussina faced Johan Santana. The Twins got on the board first when Shannon Stewart singled home Michael Cuddyer, who singled to leadoff and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Then in the sixth, Jacque Jones hit a solo home run to make it 2–0. The Yankees got nine hits and numerous walks, but never capitalized on Santana, Juan Rincón, or closer Joe Nathan, hitting into five double plays (including a strikeout-caught stealing play in the second and fly ball-out at home play in the third). As of 2018, this is the last postseason game won by the Twins.

Game 2, October 6

Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Minnesota 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 6 12 0
New York 1 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 7 9 0
WP: Paul Quantrill (1–0)   LP: Joe Nathan (0–1)
Home runs:
MIN: Torii Hunter (1)
NYY: Derek Jeter (1), Gary Sheffield (1), Alex Rodriguez (1)

Brad Radke of the Twins faced Jon Lieber of the Yankees in Game 2. In the top of the first, Justin Morneau doubled in Torii Hunter to give the Twins a 1–0 lead. In the bottom of the first, Derek Jeter's leadoff home run tied the score. A single by Michael Cuddyer with two on and sacrifice fly by Henry Blanco made it 3–1 Twins, but Gary Sheffield tied the game with a two-run homer in the bottom of the third. Alex Rodriguez gave the Yankees the lead in the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run. He added in another run in the seventh by singling home Miguel Cairo, who drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, to make it 5–3 Yankees. Jacque Jones reached first on a strike three wild pitch from Tom Gordon, then Torii Hunter singled to put runners on first and second in the eighth. Mariano Rivera came in but, a single by Morneau and a ground-rule double by Corey Koskie scored a run each, tying the game, but with the go-ahead run at third, Rivera retired Jason Kubel and Cristian Guzmán to end the inning. The game went into extra innings and in the top of the 12th, Torii Hunter hit the go-ahead solo home run off of Tanyon Sturtze. The Twins were on the verge of putting the Yankees down two games to none, heading home, but Twins manager Ron Gardenhire left closer Joe Nathan in for a third inning of work. Nathan got the first out, but then walked Cairo and Jeter on four pitches each, after which Gardenhire still chose to leave Nathan in despite his clearly having nothing left and Alex Rodriguez coming up. Rodriguez promptly hit a ground-rule double that tied the game. Then, after Sheffield was intentionally walked, Hideki Matsui hit the game-winning sacrifice fly that scored Jeter off of J.C. Romero. Paul Quantrill earned a win by retiring the last hitter of the top of the 11th as the Yankees tied the series heading to Minnesota.

Game 3, October 8

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 3 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 8 14 1
Minnesota 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 12 1
WP: Kevin Brown (1–0)   LP: Carlos Silva (0–1)
Home runs:
NYY: Bernie Williams (1), Hideki Matsui (1)
MIN: Jacque Jones (2)

Yankees starter Kevin Brown faced Twins hurler Carlos Silva in the crucial Game 3. The Twins grabbed the lead in the bottom of the first when Jacque Jones hit his second home run of the series, but with two outs in the second, five straight singles gave the Yankees a 3–1 lead. Then, as the night wore on, the Yanks blew the game open in the sixth. Bernie Williams hit a two-run homer after Matsui singled to lead off the inning. After a single, walk, sacrifice bunt and strikeout from J.C. Romero, Derek Jeter added a two-run single off of Jesse Crain to make it 7–1 Yankees. Brown hurled six innings, while Hideki Matsui's home run in the seventh inning to made it 8–1 Yankees. The Twins, however, did not go quietly. Two consecutive hit-by-pitches to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning by Félix Heredia was followed by two singles off of Tanyon Sturtze, the second of which by Michael Cuddyer scored a run. Mariano Rivera relieved Sturtze and allowed a groundout by Jose Offerman and sacrifice fly by Shannon Stewart before Jones grounded out to end the game as the Yankees' 8–4 win gave them a 2–1 series lead.

Game 4, October 9

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
New York 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 6 11 0
Minnesota 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 12 1
WP: Mariano Rivera (1–0)   LP: Kyle Lohse (0–1)
Home runs:
NYY: Rubén Sierra (1)
MIN: Henry Blanco (1)

Javier Vázquez of the Yankees went against Johan Santana of the Twins, who were on the board first with a sacrifice fly by Torii Hunter in the first after back-to-back singles. But the Yankees tied it in the third when Derek Jeter hit a leadoff single, moved to second on a groundout, and scored on an RBI single by Hideki Matsui. A walk and double in the fourth was followed by Corey Koskie's sacrifice fly that put the Twins back in front 2–1. Henry Blanco led the bottom of the fifth off with a home run to make it 3–1 Twins. Two two-out singles and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases before a two-run double by Lew Ford extended the Twins' lead to 5–1. However, the Twins squandered the lead in the top of the eighth with Juan Rincón pitching in relief. Bernie Williams would single home Gary Sheffield after a single and wild pitch. With Matsui and Williams on base and one out, Rubén Sierra hit the game-tying three-run home run. Joe Nathan would come on in relief and get the next two outs. The game went into extra innings and Alex Rodriguez doubled, stole third, and scored on Kyle Lohse's wild pitch in the top of the eleventh to put the Yankees up 6–5. Mariano Rivera got the win with two shutout innings as he retired the Twins 1–2–3 to end the series in the bottom of the eleventh.

Composite box

2004 ALDS (3–1): New York Yankees over Minnesota Twins

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
New York Yankees 1 3 3 0 1 4 2 4 0 0 1 2 21 43 1
Minnesota Twins 3 2 1 1 3 1 0 2 3 0 0 1 17 43 2
Total attendance: 219,404   Average attendance: 54,851

Anaheim vs. Boston

Game 1, October 5

Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 1 0 0 7 0 0 0 1 0 9 11 1
Anaheim 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 9 1
WP: Curt Schilling (1–0)   LP: Jarrod Washburn (0–1)
Home runs:
BOS: Kevin Millar (1), Manny Ramírez (1)
ANA: Troy Glaus (1), Darin Erstad (1)

Game 1 pitched Curt Schilling against Jarrod Washburn. The Red Sox struck first when David Ortiz singled home Manny Ramírez, who doubled with two outs. In the fourth, the Red Sox blew the game open. After Ortiz walked to open the inning, Kevin Millar homered to make it 3–0. Then the Red Sox loaded the bases with one out. Johnny Damon would reach on an error by Chone Figgins that scored two unearned runs to make it 5–0. Scot Shields relieved Washburn and after Mark Bellhorn struck out, Manny Ramírez hit a three-run home run to make it 8–0 Red Sox. Troy Glaus's home run in the bottom of the inning put the Angels on the board. In the seventh, Darin Erstad homered off of Schilling with one out. Garret Anderson reached on Schilling's throwing error before scoring on Glaus's double, but Alan Embree and Mike Timlin held them scoreless for the rest of the game while the Red Sox added run in the eighth on Doug Mientkiewicz's RBI single with two on off of Ramon Ortiz.

Game 2, October 6

Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 4 8 12 0
Anaheim 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 7 0
WP: Pedro Martínez (1–0)   LP: Francisco Rodríguez (0–1)   Sv: Keith Foulke (1)
Home runs:
BOS: Jason Varitek (1)
ANA: None

Pedro Martínez of the Red Sox faced Bartolo Colón of the Angels. A bases-loaded walk to Manny Ramirez for the Red Sox in the second put them ahead 1–0. However, the Angels would tie it in the bottom half with an RBI single by Dallas McPherson after a leadoff walk and single. The Angels would take their only lead in the series when Vladimir Guerrero, the eventual MVP, singled home Jose Molina and David Eckstein with the bases loaded. The Red Sox immediately responded when Jason Varitek hit a two-out, two-run homer to tie the game in the sixth. The Sox would take the lead on a sacrifice fly by Manny Ramírez in the seventh off of Francisco Rodriguez, then padded their lead in the ninth off of Brendan Donnelly. Ramirez doubled with one out and after an intentional walk, scored on Trot Nixon's single. After a two-out intentional walk loaded the bases, Orlando Cabrera cleared them with a double. Keith Foulke retired the Angels in order in the bottom of the inning as the Red Sox's 8–3 win gave them a 2–0 series lead.

Game 3, October 8

Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Anaheim 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 0 0 0 6 8 2
Boston 0 0 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 8 12 0
WP: Derek Lowe (1–0)   LP: Francisco Rodríguez (0–2)
Home runs:
ANA: Troy Glaus (2), Vladimir Guerrero (1)
BOS: David Ortiz (1)

Kelvim Escobar of the Angels and Bronson Arroyo of the Red Sox faced off in the clincher. The Red Sox once again struck first with runners on second and third when Trot Nixon's single and Kevin Millar's groundout made it 2–0 in the third. The Angels cut the lead in half when Troy Glaus hit a home run in the fourth. In the bottom of the inning, a single, error and walk loaded the bases before Manny Ramirez's sacrifice fly made it 3–1 Red Sox. Scot Shields relieved Escobar and allowed an RBI double to David Ortiz. After an intentional walk loaded the bases, another Angel error allowed Mark Bellhorn to score to make it 5–1 Red Sox. Ramirez's RBI single with two on next inning increased the lead to 6–1. It appeared as if the Angels were down and out, but they loaded the bases in the top of the seventh thanks to two walks and a single. After Chone Figgins struck out, Darin Erstad walked to force in a run that made it 6–2. Mike Timlin then threw to Vladimir Guerrero, who hit a grand slam to right that evened the score at 6–6 and stunned the Fenway crowd. The game went to extra innings and, in the bottom of the tenth, Johnny Damon led off with a single. After Pokey Reese forced him and Ramirez struck out, Jarrod Washburn relieved Francisco Rodríguez and David Ortiz hit the series-winning two run home run over the Green Monster to send the Red Sox to the ALCS for the second straight year.

Composite box

2004 ALDS (3–0): Boston Red Sox over Anaheim Angels

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Boston Red Sox 1 1 2 10 1 2 1 1 4 2 25 35 1
Anaheim Angels 0 1 0 2 2 0 7 0 0 0 12 24 3
Total attendance: 125,273   Average attendance: 41,758


  1. ^ The higher seed (in parentheses) had the home field advantage. The Angels received home field advantage rather than the Twins due to their winning the season series 6–4 against Minnesota. Although the team with the best record was normally intended to play the wild card team, the Yankees played the Twins, rather than the wild card Red Sox, because the Yankees and Red Sox are in the same division.
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  3. ^ "2004 ALDS - Minnesota Twins vs. New York Yankees - Game 2". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
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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.

2004 Minnesota Twins season

The 2004 Minnesota Twins met their goal of three-peating as American League Central Division champions. The team was able to do this in spite of several new players and the absence of three former all-stars. Closer Eddie Guardado, set-up man LaTroy Hawkins, starter Eric Milton, and catcher A. J. Pierzynski had all been dealt prior to the beginning of the season, while first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz was traded midway through the season. The season had both highs – such as Johan Santana winning the Cy Young Award – and lows, such as highly anticipated rookie catcher Joe Mauer injuring his knee and playing for only 35 games. For the second year in a row, the team was not able to carry its regular season success into the post-season. The New York Yankees eliminated the Twins for the second year in a row in four games in the 2004 American League Division Series.

Alfredo Amézaga

Alfredo Amézaga Delgado (; Spanish pronunciation: [alˈfɾeðo aˈmesaɣa]; born January 16, 1978) is a former professional baseball player and current coach for the AA Mississippi Braves. In his career, he played 265 games in the outfield (most of them in center field), 115 games at shortstop, 71 games at third base, 60 games at second base and 6 games at first base. The only positions he did not play were pitcher and catcher.

Amézaga graduated from Miami High School and St. Petersburg College. While in college, he played for the Keene Swamp Bats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. He played for Yaquis de Obregón in the Mexican Pacific League between MLB seasons for several years and appeared for the Mexican team in both the 2006 World Baseball Classic and 2009 World Baseball Classic.

Dave Roberts (outfielder)

David Ray Roberts (born May 31, 1972) is an American professional baseball manager and former outfielder who is the current manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played for five Major League teams over a ten-year career and then coached for the San Diego Padres before being named Dodgers manager for the 2016 season. The son of a Japanese mother and African American father, Roberts became the first manager of Asian heritage to lead a team to the World Series in 2017, when the Dodgers captured the National League pennant. Although he played for the Boston Red Sox for only part of one season, his most notable achievement as a player was a key stolen base in the 2004 ALCS that ignited the Red Sox's drive to their championship that year. Roberts batted and threw left-handed.

ESPN Major League Baseball

ESPN Major League Baseball is a presentation of Major League Baseball on ESPN and ESPN2. ESPN's MLB coverage debuted on April 9, 1990 with three Opening Day telecasts. ESPN Major League Baseball is guaranteed to remain on air until 2021. Starting in 2014, ESPN will return to broadcasting postseason baseball. ESPN has rights to any potential tiebreaker games (Game 163) and one of the two wild card games (Turner Sports receiving the other game).

The different weekly regular-season packages that ESPN presents (as of 2014) are Sunday Night Baseball, Monday Night Baseball and Wednesday Night Baseball. The network also airs select games on Opening Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day.

In addition to regular-season games, ESPN also airs several spring training games per year, the Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game and Home Run Derby played the week of the All-Star Game, and (as of 2014) one of the two Wild Card games each postseason. ESPN also airs a weekly highlight show called Baseball Tonight at 7 p.m. ET on Sundays as a lead-in to Sunday Night Baseball; previously it was a daily program until 2017, when layoffs cut back the show’s airing to Sundays.

ESPN Radio has also been airing Major League Baseball since 1998 (succeeding CBS Radio), broadcasting Sunday Night Baseball as well as select other regular-season games, the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby, and the entire postseason including the Wild Card Game, Division Series, League Championship Series, and World Series.

Francisco Rodríguez (Venezuelan pitcher)

Francisco José Rodríguez, Sr. (born January 7, 1982), nicknamed "Frankie" and "K-Rod", is a Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Anaheim Angels / Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers, and Detroit Tigers.

Rodriguez pitched for the Angels from 2002 to 2008, and the Mets from 2009 to midway through the 2011 season. He served as the closer for both teams. Rodriguez then pitched for the Brewers until July 2013, mostly in a setup role, and for the Orioles for the rest of 2013 before returning to the Brewers for 2014 and 2015, this time as the team's closer. He was then traded to the Detroit Tigers in 2016, and became the Tigers' closer.

Rodríguez holds the major league record for saves in a single season, with 62, set in 2008 while pitching for the Angels. He is a three-time league leader in saves (2005, 2006, and 2008) and a six-time All-Star. Rodríguez is one of only six Major League pitchers to accumulate a total of 400 or more saves, in his baseball career.

Henry Blanco

Henry Ramón Blanco (born August 29, 1971) is a Venezuelan professional baseball coach and former player. He is currently the bullpen coach for the Washington Nationals. He played as a catcher in Major League Baseball from 1997 to 2013, appearing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies, Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, New York Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks, Toronto Blue Jays, and Seattle Mariners. He later served as quality assurance coach for the Cubs. Although a light-hitting player, he was regarded as one of the best defensive catchers in Major League Baseball.

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome

The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (commonly called the Metrodome) was a domed sports stadium located in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. It opened in 1982 as a replacement for Metropolitan Stadium, the former home of the National Football League's (NFL) Minnesota Vikings and Major League Baseball's (MLB) Minnesota Twins, and Memorial Stadium, the former home of the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team.

The Metrodome was the home of the Vikings from 1982 to 2013, the Twins from 1982 to 2009, the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Minnesota Timberwolves in their 1989–90 inaugural season, the Golden Gophers football team until 2008 and the Golden Gophers baseball team from 2004 to 2012. It was also the home of the Minnesota Strikers of the North American Soccer League in 1984. On January 18, 2014, the Metrodome roof was deflated, signaling the beginning of demolition work. The Vikings played at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium for the 2014 and 2015 NFL seasons, ahead of the planned opening of U.S. Bank Stadium in 2016.

The stadium had a fiberglass fabric roof that was self-supported by air pressure and was the third major sports facility to have this feature (the first two being the Pontiac Silverdome and the Carrier Dome). The Metrodome was similar in design to the former RCA Dome and to BC Place, though BC Place was reconfigured with a retractable roof in 2010. The Metrodome was reputedly the inspiration for the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. The stadium was the only facility to have hosted a Super Bowl (1992), World Series (1987, 1991), MLB All-Star Game (1985) and NCAA Division I Basketball Final Four (1992, 2001).

The Metrodome had several nicknames such as "The Dome", "The Thunderdome", and "The Homer Dome." Preparation for the demolition of the Metrodome began the day after the facility hosted the final home game for the Minnesota Vikings on December 29, 2013, with actual demolition beginning on January 18, 2014. The Metrodome was torn down in sections while construction of U.S. Bank Stadium began.

Kevin Youkilis

Kevin Edmund Youkilis (; born March 15, 1979), also known as "Youk" , is an American former professional baseball first baseman and third baseman, who primarily played for the Boston Red Sox. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, he was drafted by the Red Sox in 2001, after playing college baseball at the University of Cincinnati. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Red Sox, the Chicago White Sox, and the New York Yankees. He is currently a special assistant to the Chicago Cubs and former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein.

Known for his ability to get on base, while he was still a minor leaguer, Youkilis was nicknamed Euclis: The Greek God of Walks in the best-selling book, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. A Gold Glove Award-winning first baseman, he once held baseball's record for most consecutive errorless games at first base (later broken by Casey Kotchman). He is also a three-time MLB All-Star, two-time World Series Champion, and winner of the 2008 Hank Aaron Award.

An intense performer on the playing field, Youkilis was known for his scrappiness, grittiness, dirt-stained jerseys, home-plate collisions, and his strange batting stance. He excelled despite a physique that led many observers to underestimate his athletic ability. He was called "roly-poly" by his high school coach, "pudgy" by his college coach, a "fat kid" by general manager Billy Beane, and a "thicker-bodied guy" by the Red Sox scout who recruited him. As Jackie MacMullan wrote for the Boston Globe: "He does not look like an MVP candidate; more a refrigerator repairman, a butcher, the man selling hammers behind the counter at the True Value hardware store." Youkilis was named to the Sporting News' list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball, ranking No. 36 on the list in 2009, No. 38 in 2010, and No. 35 in 2011.

Paul Nauert

Paul Edward Nauert (born July 7, 1963) is an American professional baseball umpire who has umpired in Major League Baseball (MLB) since becoming a part-time National League (NL) umpire in 1995.Nauert previously worked in the Appalachian League (1988), the Midwest League (1989–1990), the Florida Instructional League (1988–1990), the Southern League (1991–1992), and the International League (1993–1998). He was the base umpire during the 27-inning, eight-hour-and-15-minute, Bluefield at Burlington game of June 24, 1988, that ended at 3:27 am on June 25.

Nauert umpired his first National League game on May 19, 1995, and was one of 22 umpires whose resignations were accepted in 1999 (the resignations were part of a failed union negotiating strategy). On being rehired in 2002, he became part of the Major League Baseball umpire staff. Nauert has worked the 2004 American League Division Series, the 2008 National League Division Series, the 2010 National League Division Series, the 2013 National League Division Series, the 2014 American League Division Series, the 2016 National League Championship Series, and the 2017 National League Division Series. He was a part of the crew that worked both the 2008 MLB China Series (the first MLB games ever played in China) and the 2008 Japan Opening Series. Nauert also worked the 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Rubén Sierra

Rubén Angel Sierra García (born October 6, 1965) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. Sierra goes by the nicknames El Caballo and El Indio.

Over 20 seasons, Sierra played for the Texas Rangers (1986–92, 2000–01, 2003), Oakland Athletics (1992–95), New York Yankees (1995–96, 2003–05), Detroit Tigers (1996), Cincinnati Reds (1997), Toronto Blue Jays (1997), Chicago White Sox (1998), Seattle Mariners (2002) and Minnesota Twins (2006). Sierra also signed with the Cleveland Indians at the end of 1999 , but was released towards the end of spring training in March 2000.

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