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86 Greatest Moments vs. Boston #79-70

November 20, 2012
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#79 | A sign is displayed at Yankee Stadium during game 2 of the 2009 World Series

#79 | Who’s Your Daddy? | 9/24/2004

In one of the most amazing twists in the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry, Pedro Martinez showed staggering transparency in an interview following a 6-4 loss to New York that dropped his club 5.5 games back in the AL East race.  In a scenario strikingly similar to game 7 of the 2003 ALCS, Martinez took a lead into the 8th inning but tired, allowing the Yankees to rally for 2 runs to tie the game before winning in the 9th on a Hideki Matsui double.  After the game a disconsolate Martinez, the same man who once said, “Wake up the Bambino, I’ll drill him in the ass,” could only muster the following:

What can I say?  Just tip my hat and call the Yankees my daddy.  I can’t find a way to beat them at this point.  They’re that good.  They’re that hot right now–at least against me.  I wish they would disappear and not come back.  I would rather like to face any other team right now.

Martinez must have regretted his post-game confession in the hours leading up to game 2 of the 2004 ALCS on October 13, 2004.  An unrelenting chorus of, “WHO’S YOUR DA-DDY!” rained down from every corner of the ballpark as the Yanks prevailed 3-1, the 4th time the Sox had lost to the Yanks in 5 starts by Martinez in 2004.  Yankees fans got another opportunity to exercise their vocal cords when Martinez returned to Yankee Stadium to start game 2 of the 2009 World Series which the Yankees again took, 3-1, en route to a 27th World Championship.

#78 | Blair Cools Off Sox | 6/26/1977

The Red Sox were the hottest team in baseball, winning 16 of the last 18 games with a 4.5 game AL East lead coming into a 3-game series with the Yanks.  The Yanks took the first 2 games 6-5 and 5-1, and won the finale, 5-4, in thrilling fashion.  The Yanks carried a 4-1 lead into the 9th and were 3 outs away from a crucial sweep, but Don Gullet squandered the lead after pitching brilliantly over 8 innings.  The Yanks entered their half of the 9th in a 4-4 deadlock but, after a Mickey Rivers groundout, loaded the bases on a walk by Roy White, a single by Thurman Munson, and an intentional pass to Chris Chambliss.  Paul Blair, who had come in as a defensive replacement for Reggie Jackson in the 8th, came up with the game’s biggest hit, singling in White for the game-winning run.

#77 | Walk Off Triple | 5/18/1965

The Yankees entered the bottom of the 9th trailing 3-1, but a Ray Barker home run and a Bobby Richardson single knotted the game and sent it into extra innings.  In the bottom of the 12th, after Phil Linz walked, Tom Tresh hit a walk-off triple to give the Yanks a 4-3 win.

#76 | 1-Hitter for McDonald | 4/19/1954

In one of his 4 wins in 1954, Jim McDonald pitched a gem at Fenway Park in a 5-0 Yankee victory.  The lone hit against McDonald came in the 2nd inning when Harry Agganis found the left field grass, but from then on McDonald mystified the Sox.  At bat McDonald equaled Boston’s production with a single in his 3 at bats.

#75 | Yogi Leads Barrage | 5/29/1954

In a 10-2 victory in which the Yankees pounded out 17 hits, Yogi Berra led the charge with 6 RBIs thanks to an 8th inning grand slam.  Mickey Mantle chipped in with 3 hits and a home run.  On the other side, Harry Byrd and Johnny Sain mastered the Sox, limiting them to 2 hits, including 1 to Ted Williams whose batting average fell to .405.

#74 | Highlanders Break Out the Broom | 9/4/1906

In the midst of a 15-game winning streak, the 3rd-longest in franchise history, the Highlanders swept their 5th consecutive double-header, a Major League record, to take over 1st place in the pennant race.  The New Yorkers took 2 from the Boston Americans, holding them scoreless on the afternoon with wins of 7-0 and 1-0.

#73 | Late Inning Heroics | 7/22/1961

In a back-and-forth slugfest, the Yanks found themselves down 9-8 entering the 9th inning.  After Gene Conley retired Moose Skowron and Elston Howard, Johnny Blanchard pinch hit for Clete Boyer and sent a home run deep down the right field line to knot the game at 9.  It was déjà vu for Blanch who, just the day before, won the game for the Yanks with a 9th inning pinch hit grand slam in an 11-8 victory.  A day later Blanchard’s teammates would finish the job on singles by Bobby Richardson and Tony Kubek, giving the Yanks an 11-9 win to stay 1 game ahead of Detroit.

#72 | Ruth Wins it in the 10th | 6/20/1921

In one of many times the Babe Ruth trade would come back to haunt Boston, Ruth homered off of Elmer Myers in the 10th to provide the margin in a 7-6 victory at Fenway Park.  Both Myers and his counterpart, Carl Mays, pitched all 10 innings in a thriller at Fenway.

#71 | Sox Finish Distant 2nd | 9/27/1998

On the final day of the 1998 season the Red Sox finished with a record of 92-70, a mark that would have won the AL Central by 3 games and the AL West by 4.  But in the AL East they finished 22 games behind one of the best teams in baseball history.  The Yankees finished with an American League record 114 wins en route to a 25th World Series championship.

#70 | Ruth’s Last HR at the Polo Grounds | 9/5/1922

In the Yankees’ final year at the Polo Grounds before moving across the Harlem River into Yankee Stadium, Ruth hit his final home run at the Giants’ park off of Boston’s Herb Pennock.  Amazingly, Ruth’s first long ball at the Polo Grounds was hit off of Pennock while Ruth was a Red Sock and Pennock was a Yankee.

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