@AndyNY2, friend of Baseballisms, picked up on this Legendary Game very early as the daily scoreboards were being posted.  Although it pained him to recall, it is the 2001 World Series Game 7, come from behind victory for the Arizona Diamondbacks over the New York Yankees.

In this last moment of the game, Mariano Rivera stands on the mound after surrendering a little flair to Luis Gonzalez over the head of Derek Jeter, driving home Jay Bell with the winning run.

As a fan of the game of baseball, some times rooting interests should be set aside for the bigger picture, and this was one of those moments.  Following the tragedies of 9/11 just a few short weeks prior to this World Series, this was a demonstration of the ability of baseball to bring together a community.  That community, whether it was local such as the City of New York or broad as in the entire country, could find solace in the natural sounds and rhythms of nine men on a diamond seeking safety at home.  I for one was rooting for the Yankees to win this World Series.  As a lifelong Red Sox fan, I set aside the rivalry and openly cheered for a Yankee victory.  It seemed to me that having the great Rivera close out the 9th inning for another Yankee championship banner would bring back some equilibrium.

Alas, not all stories can have magical endings and this one was re-written at the last moment. The expansion Arizona Diamondbacks, a team that had entered the league in 1998, rode the arms of Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling to their first World Series Championship.

However, for many people it is the three wins in Yankee Stadium that has become the legacy of the 2001 World Series …..

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