Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Birth Of Mr. November

It was eight years ago tonight. Mr. November was born.

The Yankees entered the ninth inning of Game 4 of the 2001 World Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks trailing 3-1 at the old Yankee Stadium and down 2-1 in the series, when Ghosts spun their magic and Tino Martinez stroked a two-run homer off Byung-Hyun Kim, who was in his second inning of work.

The game stretched on from Halloween past midnight as the World Series stretch into November for the first time because of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Then, with Kim still on the mound and two outs in the 10th, the score still tied at 3, a legend was created as Derek Jeter added to his amazing postseason resume, launching a Jeterian shot into the stands in right to give the Yankees the dramatic, mind-blowing 4-3 walkoff victory.

The moniker "Mr. November" was quickly affixed to Jeter.

The next night in Game 5, the Ghosts struck again as the Yankees trailed 2-0 entering the ninth before Scott Brosius hit a stunning two-out, two-strike homer of Kim to right to tie it before Alfonso Soriano won it in the 12th with a single for a second-consecutive amazing, mind-blowing walkoff victory.

Of course the Yankees went on to lose that series in 7 on Luis Gonzalez's flair over short off Mariano Rivera

The World Series hasn't been back in November, until this year.

If we were to get as much drama as we did in 2001, that would be great.

What is more important is that the outcome of this Series turns out better, with the Yankees beating the Phillies for World Series championship No. 27.

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