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#14 The Curse Of The Bambino Lives Another Day
Another unlikely hero. Aaron Boone, or as he became known in Boston, Aaron “Bleeping” Boone, took the stage following three innings of dominant relief pitching by Mariano Rivera and deposited a shot into the left field seats that took the breath away from Red Sox Nation.
Because up to that point, the Sox had control of Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS with their ace on the mound and were marching towards their first World Series since 1918 with a three-run lead in the eighth inning.
It was the same way for both sides (Aaron Boone)
With five outs before defeat, the Yankees scored three times that inning off an exhausted Pedro Martinez to tie the game at eight apiece. Boston manager, Grady Little, would suffer the consequences of his decision to leave Martinez in the game for years to come, but the damage came swiftly and decisively.
And so it was that Aaron Boone stepped into the box as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 11th inning and another moment in the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry was born.
The New York Daily News reported Boone’s reaction:
"Boone said he “felt like he was floating” when he hit the ball. “I knew right away I had hit it real good,” Boone added."
And then he eerily added:
"“Derek (Jeter) told me sometimes the ghosts show up here. When I joined the Yankees, this is the kind of thing I thought I could be a part of. This is the perfect story ending for everyone – extra innings in Game 7 after a comeback. It’s the perfect ending.”"
Indeed, the ghosts did show up on that night, ending what many claims to be the most exciting and dramatic playoff game ever played.