Top Nine Memorable Yankees Moments vs. Red Sox

You know how baseball people say that slotting in as the DH gives players a "half-day off?" Well, we here at The Niner are taking a half-week off, so in honor of the second Yankees-Red Sox clash of the spring on March 20, we've slightly repurposed a feature from last April to give you a countdown of nine memorable Yankees moments that have come at the expense of their most heated rivals. Enjoy!

  • LAYING THE FOUNDATION (Oct. 2, 2012)
    Raul Ibanez had a magical 2012 postseason, but he actually began his heroics in the regular season's penultimate game against the Sox, bashing a game-tying, pinch-hit homer in the ninth and then driving in the winning run with a walk-off single in the 12th.
  • THE VOICE AND THE MICK DEBUT (April 17, 1951)
    On a sunny April day at Yankee Stadium, the world saw two watershed debuts: Mickey Mantle went 1-for-4 to start a career that included 536 home runs, and three AL MVP Awards, and PA announcer Bob Sheppard first stepped up to a mic he would man for more than a half-century.
  • THE SAGA BEGINS (Oct. 13, 1999)
    After nearly a century of rivalry, the world finally got the first Yanks-Sox playoff clash in the 1999 ALCS. That fact alone is enough to make Game 1 historic, but Bernie Williams added to the drama by bashing a walk-off homer in the 10th inning to give the Yankees the first tally on the left side.
  • MOOSE MAKES HISTORY (Sept. 28, 2008)
    The Yankees have missed the playoffs just once in the last two decades, but they did finish that 2008 season on a high note. On the final day of the season, in his final career start, Mike Mussina beat the Red Sox at Fenway Park to reach 20 wins for the first time in his storied career.
  • FROM RAGS TO RICHES (July 4, 1983)
    July 4, 1983 was George Steinbrenner's 53rd birthday, and every Yankees fan got a huge gift that day' Dave Righetti's no-hitter. "Rags" shut down the Sox at Yankee Stadium that day for the Bombers' first no-no by a lefty since 1917 and first of any kind since Don Larsen's perfecto in the 1956 World Series.
  • BUCKY BLEEPING DENT (Oct. 2, 1978)
    Looking back, 1978 was quite a magical year in the Bronx, but perhaps the most magical moment came in the one-game playoff at Fenway to determine the AL East when Bucky Dent hit the most famous of his 40 career MLB homers, socking one over the Green Monster to become a Yankee legend.
  • BOONE BOMBS AWAY (Oct. 19, 2003)
    Prior to 2003, there had been many huge late or walk-off homers in Yanks-Sox history, but none was (and no future one may ever be) as big as Aaron Boone's blast off Tim Wakefield in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS, a blast that sent the Bombers to their sixth World Series in eight years.
  • THE CAPTAIN TAKES A DIVE (July 1, 2004)
    It's one of the most iconic images of Derek Jeter's career, The Captain chasing a foul ball off Trot Nixon's bat so far that he ends up diving into the seats along short left field to make an amazing catch. He left the game bloody and bruised, but the Yankees avenged him and won the game in 13 innings.
  • SALE OF THE CENTURY (Jan. 3, 1920)
    Three days into 1920, the cash-strapped Red Sox sold a young pitcher/outfielder named George Herman Ruth to the Yankees for $125,000 ... and the rest is history, as "The Babe" smacked 659 homers and won four World Series in New York while the Sox were cursed for nearly a century. comments