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#8 Greatest HR in Yankee History

October 26, 2012

Brosius knew it was gone the second he hit it (BleedYankeeBlue)

Scott BrosiusWorld Series Game 5 | vs. Arizona Diamondbacks | 11/1/2001

One night after a miraculous victory in game 4, the Yankees found themselves in a similar position in game 5.  Mike Mussina had pitched well, allowing just 5 hits and 2 runs over 8 innings, but the Bombers trailed 2-0 as the game moved to the 9th.

Jorge Posada doubled off of Byung-Hyun Kim, the goat of game 4, to lead off the inning, but a Shane Spencer groundout and a Chuck Knoblauch strikeout pushed New York to the brink.  Scott Brosius stepped into the batter’s box as the last hope for the 56,018 jamming Yankee Stadium, the Yankee 3rd baseman who thrived in his 3 previous fall classics, coming though in the clutch whenever his team needed him.  That night would be no different.

Tying run at the plate, runner at second, two out, two-nothing Arizona here in game 5–Brosius hits one into left… back, at the wall… the Yankees have tied it again!

| Joe Buck, Fox announcer |

For the 2nd night in a row, pure magic was on display at the ballpark in the Bronx, a cruel déjà vu for Arizona.  Kim crouched on the mound in disbelief as he once again came within one out of a World Series save, only to see it evaporate into thin air.  The second Brosius clubbed it he knew it was gone, raising his left arm in the air as the throng roared in disbelief.

The game was far from over as Mariano Rivera and Mike Morgan each pitched a perfect 10th.  Rivera then worked in and out of trouble in the 11th as he yielded back-to-back singles to open the frame before inducing a lineout and a groundout to stymie a bases loaded, 1 out chance for the Diamondbacks.  The Yankees went quietly in their half of the 11th, but Sterling Hitchcock gave them another chance to walk off with a perfect top of the 12th.  This time, they wouldn’t waste the opportunity.

Knoblauch singled to start the inning and moved to 2nd on a bunt by Brosius.  Then, Alfonso Soriano, the rookie 2nd baseman who already had a game-winning home run vs. Seattle in the ALCS, came through again.  On a 2-1 pitch from Albie Lopez he singled to right field to score Knoblauch and give the Yankees an epic 3-2 win and a 3-2 edge in the series.

This is the most incredible couple of games I’ve ever managed.

| Joe Torre |

Watch Brosius’ legendary homer here.

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