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#27 Greatest HR in Yankee History

October 18, 2012

Tino sends a grand slam to right (Sports Illustrated)

Tino Martinez | World Series Game 1 | vs. San Diego Padres | 10/17/1998

My brother and I call it “The Beer Slam.”  After the 56,172 in Yankee Stadium had come back to earth after Chuck Knoblauch’s game-tying 3-run shot, the Yankees kept the 7th inning going with a Derek Jeter single, an intentional walk to Bernie Williams, and a walk to Chili Davis.  Up stepped Tino Martinez who was coming off of an abysmal ALCS in which he was 2 for 19 with a single RBI.  Now, with the bases full in a tie game, he had a chance to redeem himself and put the Yanks in the lead.  He worked the count to 3-2 against Mark Langston, then crushed the ball into the right field upper deck to propel the Yankees into a 9-5 lead.  The second the ball disappeared into the stands, 2 separate beers, like liquid fireworks, went flying into the air–“The Beer Slam.”

The Yanks sent 11 batters to the plate in the 7-run 7th that put San Diego on the canvas.  The Padres tacked on another run in the 8th, but Mariano Rivera retired the side in order in the 9th to seal the 9-6 victory.

I tried to tell myself take it day by day.  I knew one day I’d eventually get a big hit to break out to help the team win.

| Tino Martinez |

Check out Tino’s heroics here.

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