Yankees: Revisiting NYY Erasing 9-0 Deficit Against Red Sox in 2012
By Adam Weinrib
The New York Yankees overcame a 9-0 deficit against the Red Sox on April 21, 2012.
Following the 2004 ALCS, the Boston Red Sox had regrettably taken back the title of “comeback kings” from the New York Yankees.
Through the end of that decade, and the beginning of the next, the old adage was true. No game was ever over at Fenway Park, and that annoying offensive momentum tilt always seemed to lean in favor of the home crowd.
Until one afternoon in April 2012, that is.
On a typical sleepy Saturday, Felix Doubront took to the mound in an attempt to blow through a bloated Yankees offense, and he did a pretty phenomenal job of doing so well into the sixth inning. Up 9-0, the wheels swiftly fell off, with a Mark Teixeira blast catalyzing the process.
When Vicente Padilla came in for the seventh inning, the Boston problems really started, with a Nick Swisher grand slam making things more than interesting.
One more Teixeira home run off Matt Albers, and things were officially off the rails and nearly evened up at 9-8.
Friend of the Yankees Alfredo Aceves allowed New York to finish their charge back to the top of the scoreboard in the eighth inning, and he didn’t let them just edge by, either. At the end of this contest, we were witnessing a bloodbath in the other direction, with a sopping wet Bobby Valentine unable to comprehend the 15-9 L he’d just been dealt.
Craziest part about this contest? It wasn’t even the most notable game that day. FOX had to keep cutting to Seattle, in order to show us failed prospect Philip Humber tossing a perfect game.
2012 was a glorious season for the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. Though New York’s season ended with Derek Jeter on the ground during the ALCS, the Red Sox had by far their worst season in modern history, going 69-93 and finishing dead last in the East.
Ahh, if only that could’ve lasted forever.