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Quintessential Mo-Ments No. 20: The guy behind the guy

09/08/2013 9:04 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Aaron Boone was the hero, but Mariano Rivera was one of the workhorses who helped the Yankees win Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS.(AP)
Aaron Boone earned himself a catchy middle name from Boston fans at the end of Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS, but if it wasn't for some heroics by "The Sandman," the Yankees may have been the ones put to sleep that night.

With the Yanks' 39th American League pennant hanging in the balance, Mariano Rivera gave Joe Torre three gritty innings of work in Game 7; it wasn't necessarily vintage dominant Mo, as the Sox had the tying run in scoring position in two of the three innings, but he made it through the ninth, 10th, and 11th unscored upon to set up the epic finish.

And once Aaron Boone's homer sailed deep into the New York night and the William Harridge Trophy was secured, it was Rivera who got the individual hardware, being named ALCS MVP after going 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA and two saves in the series.

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