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#17 Greatest HR in Yankee History

October 23, 2012

Bernie stomps on home plate after his HR (Bleacher Report)

Bernie Williams | ALCS Game 1 | vs. Boston Red Sox | 10/13/1999

After 96 years of competition, the Yankees and Red Sox met for the first time in a playoff series on October 13, 1999.  The Sox wasted no time in renewing the rivalry as they scored 2 runs in the top of the 1st, then tacked on another in the 2nd off of El Duque Hernandez.  The Yanks responded in the 2nd when a 2-run home run by Scott Brosius scored Shane Spencer.  4 innings of shutout ball followed as the game moved into the later innings, a dangerous time for opposing teams in Yankee Stadium, even with a lead.

In the 7th, with Derek Lowe on the mound, the Yankees staged a textbook rally.  Brosius led off with a single, his 3rd hit of the day, and proceeded to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt by Chuck Knoblauch.  Derek Jeter followed and laced a single to centerfield that knotted the game.  Both sides enjoyed nearly perfect pitching through the 8th and 9th as Hernandez and Mariano Rivera stymied Boston bats and Lowe yielded just 1 hit over the two innings.  Rivera allowed a leadoff single in the 10th to Jose Offerman, but the Yanks benefitted from a controversial call when Jose Valentin followed with a groundball that Brosius fielded and tossed to Knoblauch, who dropped the ball.  The umpire ruled Offerman out, a call he would later say he got wrong, thinking at the time that Knoblauch had control of it.  The break killed any hope of a Red Sock rally and gave the Bombers a chance to walk off in extra innings.

The righty hurler Rod Beck was brought in to face Bernie Williams, the same Bernie Williams who almost became a Red Sock last November as a free agent.  Now, his decision to stay with the Yanks loomed large in the 10th inning.  He would be the only batter Beck faced.

A shot into centerfield… back, track, wall, GONE!  And with that, the Yankees have won game 1 of the ALCS!

| Joe Buck, Fox announcer |

The Stadium rocked after Bernie’s ball cleared the centerfield wall, just to the left of the “408” sign.  As the night’s hero came home he leaped into the air, coming down on home plate with a 4-3 victor, and a mob of a greeting by his teammates.

I got a pitch that started inside and came back over the middle of the plate.  I got a good swing and the ball carried real well. It’s great to win a game like this.

| Bernie Williams |

Check out Bernie’s heroic blast here.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Michael permalink
    October 23, 2012 7:17 PM

    I was just a little over 3 months old… but I loved the Yankees and Bernie Williams!

    • DGH permalink
      October 23, 2012 8:32 PM

      Thanks for checking it out my man! Hope you like looking around.

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