Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Thanks for 2003 ALCS Aaron Boone!

Former New York Yankees third baseman Aaron Boone announced his retirement yesterday. Boone is widely admired in baseball for coming back after undergoing open-heart surgery last year. But in New York, Boone will always be remembered fondly for the 2003 American League Championship Series.

After being benched in the playoffs due to his offensive struggles, Boone stepped to the plate in the 11th inning of Game 7 with the score tied at five and slammed one of the most memorable home runs in Yankees history, propelling the Yanks to the World Series.

One of the most enduring memories of that game is Mariano Rivera crouched on the pitcher's mound, overcome with emotion and exhaustion after pitching three scoreless innings. But Boone made that moment possible and for that he will always have the gratitude of Yankees fans. Best wishes, Aaron!

Thanks to chrisjnelson via en.Wikipedia for the photo.

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