Quintessential Mo-Ments No. 19: Filling in a snake hole
After a dominant seven-inning performance by Roger Clemens, Joe Torre knew just what to do in the eighth to protect a 2-1 lead: skip the bridge and go straight to “The Sandman,” who, naturally, was even more dominant.
A failed bunt attempt by Craig Counsell accounted for the first out of Mo’s six outs, and after the next four consecutive D-Back hitters struck out, Matt Williams hit a harmless hopper to Derek Jeter that closed out the game and brought the Yankees back within 2-1.
To add to the fun, one night later, Derek Jeter’s “Mr. November” home run made Rivera the first man to win a sanctioned MLB game in November…not a bad 30 hours or so, eh?