The Yankees Twenty-Five Most Memorable Home Runs

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#12 Yankees Trick The D’Backs On Halloween

Everything was going along just fine for the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 4 of the 2001 World Series. Coming back on short rest, Curt Schilling had given them seven superb innings, and all they needed was for their closer, Byung-Hyun Kim, to shut the Yankees down for good.

No one could imagine, though, that not once, but twice magic would strike on this Halloween night to drive the D’Backs back to reality.

And when Tino Martinez stepped in to face Kim, he was in the midst of a 0-9 World Series and not swinging the bat well.

Down by two, Martinez drove the first pitch he saw from Kim into the right field seats at Yankee Stadium, and suddenly, the game was tied. The ballpark erupted as Martinez circled the bases as D’Backs manager, Bob Brenly, looked on.

This World Series has been particularly significant because it came on the heels of the World Trade Center attack. Emotions ran high, to begin with as Jorge Posada recalled for

"“I remember Joe Torre and what he told us,” said Posada. “That we weren’t only playing for New York. We were playing for everyone in the country.” Playing, not so much to win another World Series, but to allow Americans a few hours to escape."

Derek Jeter added, “The games at Yankee Stadium were amazing,” Jeter said. “Probably the loudest I ever heard a crowd.”

As you know, the Series did not end with a glorious triumph as the D’Backs took home the Championship on a bloop hit off Mariano Rivera.