The New York Yankees‘ rallies against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday and Wednesday bring back memories of the 2001 World Series. Even though the Yankees’ lost in seven games, Games 4 and 5 were two of the greatest games that were played at the old Yankee Stadium.
Game 4 will go down as one of the greatest games in World Series history. Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly made a gutsy move by starting Curt Schilling on three days. The move worked as Schilling pitched seven strong innings.
Going into the bottom of the ninth, the Yankees were down 3-1. Tino Martinez hit a game tying two run home run off of Arizona closer Byung-Hyun Kim. In the bottom of the tenth, Derek Jeter hit the game-winning home run, evening the series at two. The game went past midnight, making this the first time ever that the World Series was played in November.
Game 5 was even better. After being down by two runs again going into the ninth inning, Scott Brosius hit a two-run homer to tie the game at two. To overcome a two-run deficit in the ninth inning two nights in a row is just amazing. The Yankees won in the bottom of the twelfth off of a single by Alfonso Soriano.
The Yankees ended up losing the seventh game, but the 2001 World Series will forever be labeled a classic, living up to the Fall Classic’s name. The 2013 Yankees’ last two comeback wins have brought back those memories.