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#33 Greatest HR in Yankee History

October 17, 2012

Giambi watches his first of 2 blasts fly into the New York night

Jason Giambi | 2003 ALCS Game 7 | vs. Boston Red Sox | 10/16/2003

Aaron Boone firmly cemented his place in Yankee history with his 11th inning blast off of Tim Wakefield to win the 39th pennant for the Yankees; however, many forget that without Jason Giambi there may not have been an 8th inning comeback off of a beleaguered Pedro Martinez.  However, the Yanks’ slugger was dropped to 7th in the lineup for the decisive game after going 4 for 21 with 1 RBI in the first 6 games of the series.

The Yankees were trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the 5th when the “Giambino,” as John Sterling liked to call him, led off the inning with a home run to right-center field.  Still trailing by a 4-1 margin Giambi came up in the bottom of the 7th with 2 outs and the Yankees just 7 outs away from disaster.  Giambi sent another drive into the stands to cut the deficit to 2. The Yankees still needed a miraculous 8th inning to tie the game, but Giambi provided a spark, giving the Yanks their only offense for the first 7 innings en route to a 6-5 win in 11 innings.

This is the best.  To come here and play against the Red Sox, and play them 26 times and beat our rival like we did, it couldn’t be more satisfying. This has to be the sweetest taste of all for me.

| Joe Torre |

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