On November 4, 2001, two outs from their fourth championship in a row just, the New York Yankees drop to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the seventh game of a hard-fought World Series. “You saw the light at the end of the tunnel,” Yankee reliever Mike Stanton lamented following the game, “and it was taken away.”
For only the 3rd amount of time in baseball history, the house group won each game in the 2001 series. The Diamondbacks won the 1st and second games the Yanks won Games 3, 4 and 5 (the final two immediately after hitting game-tying homers with two outs in the ninth). And Arizona trounced the Bombers 15-2 in the sixth game. In the series’ final game, no an individual scored at all till the sixth inning, whenever a Steve Finley single and an RBI double put the Diamondbacks up by 1. New York tied it in the seventh and, in the eighth, Alfonso Soriano-the youngest Yankee-knocked the tie-breaking go out of the park. And in the ninth, the Yanks had Mariano Rivera, the perfect closer in baseball, who’d retired the medial side the inning right before (and who, incidentally, was pitching for his 24th-straight postseason save). The Bombers gathered at the edge of the dugout, waiting to celebrate their fourth-straight championship.
But the Diamondbacks weren’t prepared to quit but. Mark Grace hit a leadoff single then Damian Miller hit a sacrifice bunt. Rivera attemptedto catch Grace’s pinch runner at second, but his throw sailed at night base and into center field wildly. Then Jay Bell bunted, forcing an out at third. Tony Womack tied the overall game with a double to proper Craig Counsell loaded the bases and Luis Gonzalez stepped to the plate. The infield had moved in toward property to avoid Bell from scoring, therefore there was no chance anybody could snag the effortless bloop that Gonzalez plopped gently into left field. The Diamondbacks-a four-year-old group from the declare that was younger compared to the Yankees-had won their first World Series. ( ***********************) been ever the youngest championship team.
“We went through sports’ greatest dynasty to win our first World Series,” Diamondbacks pitcher Curt Schilling told reporters following game. “They have represented baseball to the Nth degree, and to win it against them makes it even more special.”