Yankeeography: Moments of Glory featuring Aaron Boone premieres tonightInterviews Include Boone, Torre, Randolph, Millar, Wakefield, Posada, Wells, Mussina
Tonight's Yankeeography: Moments of Glory special consists of footage of that Game Seven (and the rest of that series) accompanying interviews with Boone, Willie Randolph, Joe Torre, Mike Mussina, Tim Wakefield, Kevin Millar, David Wells and Jorge Posada. Setting the table:
1. By the time Game 7 rolled around, the typical Red Sox-Yankees intensity was ratcheted up to an unusually high level due to incidents in Game 3 at Fenway Park (Pedro Martinez allegedly threw at Karim Garcia, Roger Clemens allegedly retaliated vs. Manny Ramirez and, when benches cleared, Martinez tossed Don Zimmer to the ground).
2. Boone was benched for Game Seven in favor of Enrique Wilson; Boone was hitting just .125 in the series heading into Game 7, with only two hits to his name.
3. The Red Sox had a 4-0 lead before a pair of Jason Giambi homers made it 4-2. A David Ortiz homer upped the Red Sox lead to 5-2 before New York battled back in the 8th to tie it at 5.
4. Boone, who had entered the game as a pinch-runner in the bottom of the 8th, was scheduled to lead off the 11th inning against Wakefield:
a. Joe Torre: "Knowing how he's (Boone) jumping at everything…he's looking for a 120 mile an hour fastball on every pitch, so I just got up…" to calm Boone down. According to Boone, Torre told him: "Just stay through the middle of the field. It doesn't mean you won't go deep. Just stay through the middle."
b. Boone: "I remember going up to the plate, I was going to take a pitch. And as I'm walking up to home plate, I'm like, you know what, you're thinking way too much this series. Just get a good pitch to hit."
c. Wakefield, who had come on to pitch the 10th and 11th innings for the Red Sox: "I had so much success against him (Boone) in Games 1 and 4. I thought like I had control of this at bat." (Boone was 0-for-5 against Wakefield during this series)
d. Boone heeded the time-honored knuckleball philosophy: "If it's high, let it fly; if it's low, let it go. So, that really becomes your focus. I want to see this ball up."
e. Boone sends Wakefield's first pitch towering over the left field wall, and the rest is history.