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#9 Greatest HR in Yankee History

October 26, 2012

Tino’s blast tied the game (Sports Illustrated)

Tino MartinezWorld Series Game 4 | vs. Arizona Diamondbacks | 10/31/2001

New York City was rocked just 6 weeks earlier, its symbols of power and strength toppled by acts of senseless violence.  But the Yankees gave their city a shot in the arm and a reason to smile again in a miraculous game 4 victory against Arizona.  Having mustered just 4 runs through the first 3 games and 8 innings of the series, things did not look good for the Bombers as they entered the 9th down 3-1.  Curt Schilling had mastered them over 7 innings and Byung-Hyun Kim continued the domination with a perfect 8th inning that required just 13 pitches.

Derek Jeter grounded out to begin the 9th but Paul O’Neill followed with a single to keep hope alive.  That hope was quickly put on life support when Bernie Williams struck out on 3 pitches, brining Tino Martinez to the plate.  The beloved Yankee 1st baseman already had an iconic World Series moment, a 7th inning grand slam that propelled the Yankees to victory in game 1 of the ’98 Fall Classic.  Now, with his team in desperate need of salvation, he came through again.

1 on, 2 out… Martinez hits one to deep right-centerfield!… at the wall!… TIE GAME!

| Joe Buck, Fox announcer |

Martinez, hitless in 9 at bats in the series, came through with the biggest hit of his career.  The Stadium speakers blasted, “Whoomp (There It Is),” the crowd teemed in a boiling sea of disbelief, and Kim wandered around the mound wondering where everything had gone wrong.  The Yanks were given new life and they didn’t squander the opportunity.  With Kim still on the mound in the 10th, Derek Jeter hit a 2-out game-winning home run just over the fence in right field to give the Bombers an emotional 4-3 win.

Surprising things happen.  Yet, when you think about it, it doesn’t surprise you, because this ballclub never quits.

| Joe Torre |

Watch Tino’s heroic blast here.

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