Great Baseball Moments- 2001 World Series- Game 7:- Luis Gonzales closes the curtains on the Yankees dynasty.
The New York Yankees had won the World Series four of the last five years- including three in a row- 1998-2000. It was Game 7 of the 2021 World Series. The Yankees were three outs away from winning their fourth in a row. The bottom of the 9th and they had their closer the great Mariano Rivera on the mound. Rivera was money in the bank in these situations. Watching on television I didn’t hold out much hope for the Diamondbacks- who made the World Series in only their 4th year of existence.
But you never know in baseball- Mark Grace led off the inning with a single to center, Damion Miller bunted and reached on a throwing error to second base by the pitcher Rivera. All the sudden there was hope. Pinch-hitter Jay Bell bunts but the lead runner is thrown out at third base. Tony Womack doubles- scoring the tying run. Now with one out and runners on second and third the bases are loaded when Craig Counsell is hit by a pitch. The bases are loaded and only one out. Luis Gonzales comes up and Yankee manager Joe Torre bring in the infield. Gonzales wins the World Series with a short bloop single behind second base. Had the infield been back the ball would have been caught- but it wasn’t. The Diamondbacks had beaten the mighty Yankees. At the time no one would have known it- going into 2002 the Yankees would once again be considered the team to beat- but the Yankee Dynasty was over. Their next World Series Championship wouldn’t come until 2009. In fact in the past twenty seasons- the mighty Yankees have only won that one World Series in 2009- even though they have spent a few billion dollars over that period of time in attempting to win more.
November 4, 2001- Arizona 3 New York Yankees 2- a great day to be a Yankee hater.
On the video of the game winning hit below- listen to the commentary by Tim McCarver. What he speaks of- happens.