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#23 Greatest HR in Yankee History

October 20, 2012

Brosius charges around the bases on the cover of SI (Sports Illustrated)

Scott Brosius | World Series Game 3 | vs. San Diego Padres | 10/20/1998

After the Yankees took the first 2 games of the series at the Stadium, the Padres looked to counter with their ace, Sterling Hitchcock, in game 3.  Hitchcock and David Cone dueled through 5 shutout innings, but in the 6th Cone finally blinked, allowing a 2-run single to Tony Gwynn and a sacrifice fly to Ken Caminiti.

As the game moved to the 7th the Yanks finally broke through against Hitchcock when Scott Brosius sent a 3-2 pitch deep to left field for a solo home run.  The Bombers tacked on another run in the 7th when Chili Davis reached on an error that scored Shane Spencer.  As the game moved to the 8th, San Diego went for the jugular, bringing in closer Trevor Hoffman for a 2-inning save with Paul O’Neill on 1st.  As AC/DC’s “Hells Bells” pulsed through the stadium speakers, the fireballing righty, who had a Major League-leading 53 saves in ’98, charged out of the bullpen.  He induced a fly ball from Bernie Williams, then walked Tino Martinez on 5 pitches to put runners at 1st and 2nd as a hero-in-the-making dug into the batter’s box.

Brosius, the eventual World Series MVP, worked a 2-2 count before silencing the boisterous Qualcomm Stadium crowd with a 3-run shot to left field that vaulted the Yankees into an improbable 5-3 lead.  As he rounded the bases, he raised his arms above his head and floated around the bases after the latest, greatest home run in the fabled Fall Classic.  The Padres never recovered from Brosius’ 2nd blast.  They mustered a sacrifice fly in the 8th off of Mariano Rivera, and had a chance to tie it in the 9th with two 2-out singles off of the postseason master, but a strikeout by Andy Sheets sealed their fate, putting them into an 0-3 hole after a 5-4 Yankee win.

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