Monday, October 31, 2005

2001 Halloween World Series to Remember
Derek Jeter Became Baseballs Mr. November

The Yankees star earned that distinction at 12:04 a.m. EST, hitting a home run with two outs in the bottom of 10th inning to lift New York past the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 and tie the World Series at two games each.

Jeter, who usually shines in October, sent an opposite-field drive into the seats in right. It was the first game-ending homer of his career, and came shortly after the Yankee Stadium scoreboard flashed: "Welcome to November Baseball."

The Yankees spilled out of the dugout to greet him at home plate, where he landed with a two-footed hop.

"Yeah, I think I broke my foot," Jeter said.

The crowd, already crazed on Halloween night, went wild while Jeter's parents were hugged by everybody sitting near them in the stands.

"Surprising things happen," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "Yet, when you think about it, it doesn't surprise you, because this ballclub never quits."

It was the first time in World Series history that a team tied a game with a ninth-inning homer and won with a homer in extra innings, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
A sellout crowd of 55,863 that included Mr. October -- Reggie Jackson -- turned quiet in the ninth inning with the Yankees in trouble.

Tino Martinez saved the Yankees with a dramatic two-out, two-run homer in the ninth off closer Byung-Hyun Kim, who also gave up Jeter's shot.

The Yankees ended up losing the World Series to the Diamondbacks, 4 games to 3.

But other then the time I filled up an entire pillowcase with candy while trick-or-treating when I was 12, that game is the most exciting Halloween I ever had.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the best endings to a World Series game I've ever seen...and I'm not even a Yankees fan

Thanks for the reminder that the game took place on Halloween because I forgot about that until I read your blog.

-Art the diehard Diamondbacks fan from Scottsdale, Arizona

9:14 PM  

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