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Encyclopedia > 2003 American League Championship Series

The 2003 American League Championship Series was played between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees from October 8 to October 16, 2003. The Yankees won the series 4 games to 3 to advance to the World Series. Image File history File links 2003ALCSLogo. ... The following are the events of the year 2003 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... In Major League Baseball, the American League Championship Series (ALCS), played in October, is a playoff round that determines the winner of the American League pennant. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... is the 281st day of the year (282nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2003 World Series marked the 100th anniversary of the first modern World Series. ...


Managers: Joe Torre (New York), Grady Little (Boston) Joseph Paul Torre (born July 18, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York) is the manager of the New York Yankees. ... William Grady Little (born March 30, 1950 in Abilene, Texas) is a manager in Major League Baseball. ...


Umpires: Tim McClelland, Derryl Cousins, Joe West, Angel Hernandez, Terry Craft, Alfonso Marquez Timothy Reid McClelland (born December 12, 1951 in Jackson, Michigan) is an umpire in Major League Baseball who has worked in the American League from 1983 to 1999 and throughout both leagues since 2000. ... Derryl Cousins (born August 18, 1946 in Fresno, California) is an umpire in Major League Baseball who has worked in the American League from 1979 to 1999, and throughout both major leagues since 2000. ... Joseph Henry West (born October 31, 1952 in Asheville, North Carolina) is an umpire in Major League Baseball who has worked in the National League in 1976 and from 1978 to 1999, and throughout both major leagues since 2002. ... Angel Hernandez (born August 26, 1961 in Havana, Cuba) is an umpire in Major League Baseball who has worked in the National League from 1991 to 1999, and throughout both major leagues since 2000. ... Alfonso Marquez (born April 12, 1972 in Zacatecas, Mexico) is an umpire in Major League Baseball who has worked in the National League in 1999 and throughout both major leagues since 2000. ...


Series MVP: Mariano Rivera, Yankees Mariano Rivera (born November 29, 1969 in Panama City, Panama) is a Panamanian baseball player. ...


Television: FOX (Joe Buck, Tim McCarver, and Bret Boone announcing) The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox (the company itself prefers the capitalized version FOX), is a television network in the United States. ... For the fictional character, see Midnight Cowboy. ... James Timothy McCarver (born October 16, 1941 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American former Major League and minor league baseball catcher, and a current broadcaster for FOX Sports. ... Brendan Robert Boone (born April 6, 1969) is a former second baseman in Major League Baseball who most recently played with the Minnesota Twins before being released on August 1, 2005 after only 20 days with the franchise. ...

Contents

Series recap

This series delivered yet another blow to Red Sox fans' hopes of winning a World Series for the first time since 1918. The series seemed evenly matched, with the lead being held first by the Red Sox, then by the Yankees. The Sox forced the series to a full seven games, with the seventh game setting another major league record for the rivalry between the two teams: it marked the first time two major league teams have played more than 25 games against each other over the course of a single season. The Red Sox also set an ALCS record with 12 home runs in the series. For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... The 1918 World Series featured the Boston Red Sox, who defeated the Chicago Cubs four games to two. ... Mark McGwire swinging for the fences. ...


Backed by three home runs, Tim Wakefield shut the Bombers down in Game 1 and Andy Pettitte responded in Game 2. Timothy Stephen Wakefield (born August 2, 1966 in Melbourne, Florida) is a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who has played with the Boston Red Sox since 1995. ... Andrew Eugene Pettitte (born June 15, 1972 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is an American left-handed starting pitcher for the New York Yankees. ...


Game 3 was highly anticipated, a classic matchup between Sox ace Pedro Martinez and former Sox pitcher Roger Clemens, who, on the cusp of retirement, was thought to be pitching his last game at Fenway Park. Early on, Karim Garcia was hit in the back by a Martinez fastball. Words were exchanged and Martinez threateningly gestured towards Yankee catcher Jorge Posada. When Garcia was forced out at second, he slid hard into Todd Walker. The following inning, Manny Ramirez took exception to a high Clemens pitch that was not particularly close to him and charged the mound. Both benches cleared, but the resulting brawl turned surreal when 72-year-old Yankee bench coach Don Zimmer ran toward Pedro Martinez and swung an arm at his head. Martinez then threw Zimmer to the ground. After the 13-minute delay, Clemens struck out Ramirez and proceeded to pitch effectively as the Yankees held a lead. The game would not end quietly: a Fenway groundskeeper got into a scuffle with Yankee reliever Jeff Nelson while tending to the bullpen area. Pedro Martinez warming up in right field of Fenway Park before a game, June 22, 2004. ... William Roger Clemens (born August 4, 1962, in Dayton, Ohio), is a starting pitcher for the New York Yankees, and is one of the preeminent pitchers in Major League history. ... Karim Garcia is a former Major League Baseball outfielder who was born in Mexico. ... Jorge Rafael Posada Villeta (born August 17, 1971 in Santurce, Puerto Rico) is a switch-hitting catcher and 6-time All Star who plays for the New York Yankees. ... Todd Walker (right) is welcomed into the LSU Hall of Fame by Skip Bertman Todd Arthur Walker (born May 25, 1973 in Bakersfield, California) is an infielder who recently played for the Oakland Athletics. ... Manuel Arístides (Manny) Ramírez Onelcida [ra-MEE-res] (born May 30, 1972) is an outfielder in Major League Baseball who has played for the Boston Red Sox since 2001. ... Donald William Zimmer (born January 17, 1931 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a former infielder, manager and coach in Major League Baseball. ... Jeffrey Allan Nelson (born November 17, 1966 in Baltimore, Maryland), was a middle relief pitcher. ...


Game 4 was postponed from Sunday to Monday due to rain; Todd Walker hit his second home run of the series to pace the Sox in that game. The see-saw continued to teeter in Game 5 as David Wells and Mariano Rivera combined to shut Boston down. Back at Yankee Stadium, six Red Sox pitchers kept the team in the game as a 7th-inning comeback forced a Game 7. Todd Walker (right) is welcomed into the LSU Hall of Fame by Skip Bertman Todd Arthur Walker (born May 25, 1973 in Bakersfield, California) is an infielder who recently played for the Oakland Athletics. ... This article is about David Wells, American baseball player. ... Mariano Rivera (born November 29, 1969 in Panama City, Panama) is a Panamanian baseball player. ... This is about the stadium the New York Yankees currently play in. ...


In the Martinez-Clemens rematch of Game 3, the Sox took an early lead in game 7, jumping to a 4-0 lead and knocking Clemens out of the game in the fourth inning with two men on base and nobody out. Only three brilliant shutout innings by Mike Mussina (making the first relief appearance of his career) and two solo home runs by Jason Giambi kept the Yankees in the ballgame. But in the 8th inning, with the Red Sox leading 5-2, things unraveled for Boston. Sox manager Grady Little left a tiring Martinez in for the 8th, a controversial move which is still discussed today. Little had two relievers who has shown some effectiveness in the games leading up to the seventh game -- Scott Williamson and Mike Timlin (who had not allowed a single hit in the playoffs) -- in the bullpen. However, both Williamson and Timlin had experienced stretches of ineffectiveness during the season, while Martinez had Hall of Fame credentials. Critics of the move note that Martinez had experienced diminished effectiveness in the late innings of games in which he had thrown more than 100 pitches. After the Cy Young Award winner Martinez assured his manager he still had something left, he gave up a double to Derek Jeter and a single to Bernie Williams, prompting Little to go out to the mound. To the surprise of many, Little left Martinez in the game, leaving inconsistent lefty Alan Embree in the bullpen with the left-handed Hideki Matsui coming to the plate. Martinez gave up a double to Matsui and a bloop double to Jorge Posada to tie the game, sending it to extra innings. Mariano Rivera came in for the ninth and pitched three shutout innings. Michael Cole (Mike) Mussina (born December 8, 1968 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania), nicknamed Moose, is a Major League starting pitcher, currently with the New York Yankees. ... Jason Gilbert Giambi (born January 8, 1971) is a Major League Baseball player who is the 1st baseman and designated hitter for the New York Yankees. ... William Grady Little (born March 30, 1950 in Abilene, Texas) is a manager in Major League Baseball. ... Scott Ryan Williamson (born February 17, 1976 in Fort Polk North, Louisiana) is a right-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... Michael August (Mike) Timlin (born March 10, 1966 in Midland, Texas) is a middle relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who plays for the Boston Red Sox since 2003. ... Derek Sanderson Jeter (born June 26, 1974 in Pequannock, New Jersey) is an American Major League Baseball player. ... Bernabé Bernie Williams Figueroa (born September 13, 1968, in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a Major League Baseball outfielder and a guitar-playing jazz recording artist. ... Alan Duane Embree (born January 23, 1970 in The Dalles, Oregon) is a middle relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... Hideki Godzilla Matsui , born June 12, 1974) is a Japanese Major League Baseball left fielder who plays for the New York Yankees. ... Jorge Rafael Posada Villeta (born August 17, 1971 in Santurce, Puerto Rico) is a switch-hitting catcher and 6-time All Star who plays for the New York Yankees. ... Mariano Rivera (born November 29, 1969 in Panama City, Panama) is a Panamanian baseball player. ...


Tim Wakefield pitched a scoreless 10th for Boston and in the bottom of the 11th faced Aaron Boone, who had entered earlier as a pinch-runner. In one of the more dramatic scenes in baseball history, on the first pitch Boone launched a home run into the left field seats. Fox Sports displayed a vivid collection of images thereafter: tears welling up in the eyes of Aaron's brother, Seattle Mariners infielder Bret Boone (the guest announcer), ALCS MVP Mariano Rivera running to the mound and collapsing on it in joy, and Boone jumping on home plate and Rivera being carried off on his teammates' shoulders. Aaron John Boone (born March 9, 1973 in La Mesa, California) is a major league third baseman who plays for the Florida Marlins. ... For Fox Sports in Australia see Fox Sports (Australia). ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) West Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Seattle Mariners (1977–present) Other nicknames The Ms Ballpark Safeco Field (1999–present) King County Domed Stadium (Kingdome) (1977-1999) Major league titles World Series titles (0) none AL Pennants (0) None... Brendan Robert Boone (born April 6, 1969) is a former second baseman in Major League Baseball who most recently played with the Minnesota Twins before being released on August 1, 2005 after only 20 days with the franchise. ...


Game 1

October 8, Yankee Stadium is the 281st day of the year (282nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is about the stadium the New York Yankees currently play in. ...

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 5 13 0
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 3 0
W: Tim Wakefield (1-0)  L: Mike Mussina (0-1)  S: Scott Williamson (1)
HRs: BOS Manny Ramirez (1), Todd Walker (1), David Ortiz (1)

Timothy Stephen Wakefield (born August 2, 1966 in Melbourne, Florida) is a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who has played with the Boston Red Sox since 1995. ... Michael Cole (Mike) Mussina (born December 8, 1968 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania), nicknamed Moose, is a Major League starting pitcher, currently with the New York Yankees. ... Scott Ryan Williamson (born February 17, 1976 in Fort Polk North, Louisiana) is a right-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... Manuel Arístides (Manny) Ramírez Onelcida [ra-MEE-res] (born May 30, 1972) is an outfielder in Major League Baseball who has played for the Boston Red Sox since 2001. ... Todd Walker (right) is welcomed into the LSU Hall of Fame by Skip Bertman Todd Arthur Walker (born May 25, 1973 in Bakersfield, California) is an infielder who recently played for the Oakland Athletics. ... David Ortiz (IPA , or roughly or-TEES, according to Latin American pronunciation) (born November 18, 1975 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, as David Américo Ortiz Arias), is a Major League Baseball designated hitter who plays for the Boston Red Sox (since 2003). ...

Game 2

October 9, Yankee Stadium is the 282nd day of the year (283rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 10 1
New York 0 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 X 6 8 0
W: Andy Pettitte (1-0)  L: Derek Lowe (0-1)
HRs: BOSJason Varitek (1); NYYNick Johnson (1)

Andrew Eugene Pettitte (born June 15, 1972 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is an American left-handed starting pitcher for the New York Yankees. ... Derek Christopher Lowe (born June 1, 1973 in Dearborn, Michigan) is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. ... Jason Andrew Varitek (born April 11, 1972) is an American baseball player born in Rochester, Michigan. ... Nicholas Robert (Nick) Johnson (born September 19, 1978 in Sacramento, California) is a first baseman in Major League Baseball, currently with the Washington Nationals. ...

Game 3

October 11, Fenway Park is the 284th day of the year (285th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... “Fenway” redirects here. ...

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 7 0
Boston 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 6 0
W: Roger Clemens (1-0)  L: Pedro Martinez (0-1)  S: Mariano Rivera (1)
HRs: NYYDerek Jeter (1)

William Roger Clemens (born August 4, 1962, in Dayton, Ohio), is a starting pitcher for the New York Yankees, and is one of the preeminent pitchers in Major League history. ... Pedro Martinez warming up in right field of Fenway Park before a game, June 22, 2004. ... Mariano Rivera (born November 29, 1969 in Panama City, Panama) is a Panamanian baseball player. ... Derek Sanderson Jeter (born June 26, 1974 in Pequannock, New Jersey) is an American Major League Baseball player. ...

Game 4

October 13, Fenway Park is the 286th day of the year (287th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 6 1
Boston 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 X 3 6 0
W: Tim Wakefield (2-0)  L: Mike Mussina (0-2)  S: Scott Williamson (2)
HRs: NYYRuben Sierra (1); BOSTodd Walker (2), Trot Nixon (1)

Timothy Stephen Wakefield (born August 2, 1966 in Melbourne, Florida) is a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who has played with the Boston Red Sox since 1995. ... Michael Cole (Mike) Mussina (born December 8, 1968 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania), nicknamed Moose, is a Major League starting pitcher, currently with the New York Yankees. ... Scott Ryan Williamson (born February 17, 1976 in Fort Polk North, Louisiana) is a right-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... Rubén Angel Sierra García (born October 6, 1965 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico) is a Major League Baseball right fielder/designated hitter. ... Todd Walker (right) is welcomed into the LSU Hall of Fame by Skip Bertman Todd Arthur Walker (born May 25, 1973 in Bakersfield, California) is an infielder who recently played for the Oakland Athletics. ... Christopher Trotman Trot Nixon (born April 11, 1974 in Durham, North Carolina) is an outfielder for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball. ...

Game 5

October 14, Fenway Park is the 287th day of the year (288th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 7 1
Boston 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 6 1
W: David Wells (2-0)  L: Derek Lowe (0-2)  S: Mariano Rivera (2)
HRs: BOS –, Manny Ramirez (1)

This article is about David Wells, American baseball player. ... Derek Christopher Lowe (born June 1, 1973 in Dearborn, Michigan) is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. ... Mariano Rivera (born November 29, 1969 in Panama City, Panama) is a Panamanian baseball player. ... Manuel Arístides (Manny) Ramírez Onelcida [ra-MEE-res] (born May 30, 1972) is an outfielder in Major League Baseball who has played for the Boston Red Sox since 2001. ...

Game 6

October 15, Yankee Stadium is the 288th day of the year (289th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 4 0 0 0 3 0 2 9 16 1
New York 1 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 6 12 2
W: Alan Embree (1-0)  L: Jose Contreras (0-1)  S: Scott Williamson (3)
HRs: BOS Jason Varitek (2), Trot Nixon (2); NYYJason Giambi (1), Jorge Posada (1)

Alan Duane Embree (born January 23, 1970 in The Dalles, Oregon) is a middle relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... Jose Contreras (born December 12, 1971 in Havana, Cuba) is a right_handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who currently plays with the Chicago White Sox. ... Scott Ryan Williamson (born February 17, 1976 in Fort Polk North, Louisiana) is a right-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... Jason Andrew Varitek (born April 11, 1972) is an American baseball player born in Rochester, Michigan. ... Christopher Trotman Trot Nixon (born April 11, 1974 in Durham, North Carolina) is an outfielder for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball. ... Jason Gilbert Giambi (born January 8, 1971) is a Major League Baseball player who is the 1st baseman and designated hitter for the New York Yankees. ... Jorge Rafael Posada Villeta (born August 17, 1971 in Santurce, Puerto Rico) is a switch-hitting catcher and 6-time All Star who plays for the New York Yankees. ...

Game 7

October 16, Yankee Stadium is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Boston 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 11 0
New York 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 0 1 6 11 1
W: Mariano Rivera (1-0)  L: Tim Wakefield (2-1)
HRs: BOS Trot Nixon (3), Kevin Millar (1) David Ortiz (2); NYYJason Giambi 2 (3), Aaron Boone (1)

Mariano Rivera (born November 29, 1969 in Panama City, Panama) is a Panamanian baseball player. ... Timothy Stephen Wakefield (born August 2, 1966 in Melbourne, Florida) is a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who has played with the Boston Red Sox since 1995. ... Christopher Trotman Trot Nixon (born April 11, 1974 in Durham, North Carolina) is an outfielder for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball. ... David Ortiz (IPA , or roughly or-TEES, according to Latin American pronunciation) (born November 18, 1975 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, as David Américo Ortiz Arias), is a Major League Baseball designated hitter who plays for the Boston Red Sox (since 2003). ... Jason Gilbert Giambi (born January 8, 1971) is a Major League Baseball player who is the 1st baseman and designated hitter for the New York Yankees. ... Aaron John Boone (born March 9, 1973 in La Mesa, California) is a major league third baseman who plays for the Florida Marlins. ...

Aftermath

The series is considered by many to be the worst loss in Boston sports history. The loss was crushing for Red Sox fans, many of whom blamed Little for leaving Martinez in the game and not going to his inconsistent bullpen, since Martinez had experienced difficulty pitching effectively beyond 100 pitches. Little defended his move by saying that he felt a tired Martinez was a better option than anyone else on the team. Defenders of Little also noted that the Red Sox offense collapsed in the game, as the club scored only 2 runs in the last 9 innings of the contest and also noted the poor defensive play of Johnny Damon in center field during the crucial inning. Little's contract was not renewed after the season (contrary to popular belief of him being 'fired') and replaced by Terry Francona. Little has since gone on to success managing the Los Angeles Dodgers. A Boston Red Sox baseball game at Fenway Park Boston, Massachusetts, is home to several major league sports teams, including the Boston Red Sox (baseball), Boston Celtics (basketball), and Boston Bruins (hockey). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Inning is a town in the district of Erding in Bavaria in Germany. ... Terry Jon Tito Francona (born April 22, 1959, in Aberdeen, South Dakota) is a Major League Baseball manager. ...


Until the final game of the pennant race, some baseball fans had been hoping for a rematch of the 1918 World Series: a showdown between the Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs, one of only two major league teams to have played for a longer period of time since winning the World Series (the other was the Chicago White Sox, who went on to win the Series in 2005). The Cubs reached the 2003 National League Championship Series against the Florida Marlins. As with the Red Sox, they had a 3-run lead and were only five outs away from reaching the World Series, although this was in Game 6, when the Marlins scored eight runs in that inning and won the game 8-3. The Marlins would win Game 7 9-6 to advance to the World Series, where they defeated the Yankees 4 games to 2. Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 11, 16, 19, 42, 72, Name Chicago White Sox (1904–present) Other nicknames The Sox, The South Siders, The ChiSox, The Pale Hose, The Good Guys, The Go-Go Sox, The... The 2005 World Series, the 101st playing of Major League Baseballs championship series, saw the American League champion Chicago White Sox sweep the National League champion Houston Astros 4 games to 0 in the best-of-seven-games series, winning their third championship and first since 1917. ... The 2003 National League Championship Series was a Major League Baseball playoff series played from October 7 to October 15 to determine the champion of the National League, between the Central Division champion Chicago Cubs and the wild-card qualifying Florida Marlins. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) East Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 42 Name Florida Marlins (1993–present) Other nicknames The Fish Ballpark Dolphin Stadium (1993–present) a. ... The Inning is a slang name given to the 8th inning of Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series between the eventual World Series Champion Florida Marlins and the perennial lovable losers, Chicago Cubs. ...


Yankees' dramatic rally in the 8th inning of Game 7

"Jeter flies it to right -- Nixon, back on the run, it's over his head. Jeter will dig for second, he will hold there with a double." Joe Buck (Fox Sports) calling Yankees' Derek Jeter's 1 out double to start the rally. Derek Sanderson Jeter (born June 26, 1974 in Pequannock, New Jersey) is an American Major League Baseball player. ...


"The 2-2, into center field; Damon will play it on a hop, Jeter will come to the plate, it's a two-run game!"--Joe Buck (Fox Sports) Yankees' center fielder Bernie Williams RBI single. Bernabé Bernie Williams Figueroa (born September 13, 1968, in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a Major League Baseball outfielder and a guitar-playing jazz recording artist. ...


"Ripped into the right field corner fair! Bernie Williams will dig, it's a ground-rule double, it's second and third as the Red Sox catch a break as that ball hops out of play. But the tying runs are on second and third with only one out here in the 8th."--Joe Buck (Fox Sports) calling Yankees' rookie Hideki Matsui's double. Hideki Godzilla Matsui , born June 12, 1974) is a Japanese Major League Baseball left fielder who plays for the New York Yankees. ...


"A flare into center field. Out is Walker, he won't get it! The base runner is Matsui, he comes home, nobody covers second, tie game!"--Joe Buck (Fox Sports) calling Yankees' catcher Jorge Posada's game tying 2 RBI double. Jorge Rafael Posada Villeta (born August 17, 1971 in Santurce, Puerto Rico) is a switch-hitting catcher and 6-time All Star who plays for the New York Yankees. ...


"Brian Roether is the greatest mouseball handler of all-time"--Ed Mutz


Quotes of the Series

"Although the Boston Red Sox and the fans throughout New England would tell you they were five outs away in the 8th inning, leading by three...as BOONE HITS IT TO DEEP LEFT, THAT MIGHT SEND THE YANKEES TO THE WORLD SERIES! BOONE THE HERO OF GAME 7!!!"--Joe Buck (FOX Sports) calling Yankees' Third basemen Aaron Boone's game pennant-winning home run in Game 7 off Tim Wakefield in the bottom of the 11th inning. Aaron John Boone (born March 9, 1973 in La Mesa, California) is a major league third baseman who plays for the Florida Marlins. ... Timothy Stephen Wakefield (born August 2, 1966 in Melbourne, Florida) is a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who has played with the Boston Red Sox since 1995. ...


"You talk about looking for a reason!"--Joe Buck after Manny Ramirez charged Roger Clemens in Game 3 at Fenway Park.



"I think we have upgraded from a battle to war."--Boston Red Sox Manager Grady Little after Game 3. William Grady Little (born March 30, 1950 in Abilene, Texas) is a manager in Major League Baseball. ...


"Oh, my gosh! Don Zimmer went after Pedro and Pedro threw him down!"-Gary Thorne on MLB International calling the brawl. Donald William Zimmer (born January 17, 1931 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a former infielder, manager and coach in Major League Baseball. ... Pedro Martinez warming up in right field of Fenway Park before a game, June 22, 2004. ... Gary Thorne (born June 9, 1948 in Maine) is a play-by-play announcer for ESPN and ABC, working Major League Baseball, College Football and Frozen Four hockey contests. ...


"Nixon hammers one into deep right, if it's fair, it's gone, this one is into the upper deck, a two-run home run! It's 9-6 Boston here in the 9th. So much for Trot Nixon's tough night; he delivers at a crucial time here, in the 9th inning, to give the Red Sox a three-run cushion." Joe Buck (Fox Sports) calling Boston Red Sox right fielder Trot Nixon's two-run blast inside the right field foul pole at Yankee Stadium. Christopher Trotman Trot Nixon (born April 11, 1974 in Durham, North Carolina) is an outfielder for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball. ... This is about the stadium the New York Yankees currently play in. ...


"Williamson trying to nail it down... into right center field, we will see you tomorrow night! Game 7 of the ALCS, we know you'll join us as Pedro Martinez takes on Roger Clemens. It's a final of 9-6, Game 6 belongs to the Boston Red Sox."--Joe Buck (Fox Sports) calling Boston Red Sox's Scott Williamson saving Game 6 to notch the win.


"Ortiz gets one into right, this one is at the wall and gone! David Ortiz greets David Wells with a first pitch home run to right; it's 5-2 Boston."--Joe Buck (Fox Sports) calling Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz's solo home run off Yankees' David Wells in the top of the 8th Inning of Game 7. David Ortiz (IPA , or roughly or-TEES, according to Latin American pronunciation) (born November 18, 1975 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, as David Américo Ortiz Arias), is a Major League Baseball designated hitter who plays for the Boston Red Sox (since 2003). ... This article is about David Wells, American baseball player. ...


Notable performers

Christopher Trotman Trot Nixon (born April 11, 1974 in Durham, North Carolina) is an outfielder for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball. ... David Ortiz (IPA , or roughly or-TEES, according to Latin American pronunciation) (born November 18, 1975 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, as David Américo Ortiz Arias), is a Major League Baseball designated hitter who plays for the Boston Red Sox (since 2003). ... Manuel Arístides (Manny) Ramírez Onelcida [ra-MEE-res] (born May 30, 1972) is an outfielder in Major League Baseball who has played for the Boston Red Sox since 2001. ... Jason Andrew Varitek (born April 11, 1972) is an American baseball player born in Rochester, Michigan. ... Todd Walker (right) is welcomed into the LSU Hall of Fame by Skip Bertman Todd Arthur Walker (born May 25, 1973 in Bakersfield, California) is an infielder who recently played for the Oakland Athletics. ... Timothy Stephen Wakefield (born August 2, 1966 in Melbourne, Florida) is a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who has played with the Boston Red Sox since 1995. ... Jorge Rafael Posada Villeta (born August 17, 1971 in Santurce, Puerto Rico) is a switch-hitting catcher and 6-time All Star who plays for the New York Yankees. ... Mariano Rivera (born November 29, 1969 in Panama City, Panama) is a Panamanian baseball player. ... Michael August (Mike) Timlin (born March 10, 1966 in Midland, Texas) is a middle relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who plays for the Boston Red Sox since 2003. ... Alan Duane Embree (born January 23, 1970 in The Dalles, Oregon) is a middle relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... Michael Cole (Mike) Mussina (born December 8, 1968 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania), nicknamed Moose, is a Major League starting pitcher, currently with the New York Yankees. ... Félix Heredia Perez is a Major League Baseball pitcher who was born on June 18, 1975 in Santa Cruz de Barahona, Dominican Republic. ... Jeffrey Allan Nelson (born November 17, 1966 in Baltimore, Maryland), was a middle relief pitcher. ... This article is about David Wells, American baseball player. ... Mariano Rivera (born November 29, 1969 in Panama City, Panama) is a Panamanian baseball player. ... Jason Gilbert Giambi (born January 8, 1971) is a Major League Baseball player who is the 1st baseman and designated hitter for the New York Yankees. ... Aaron John Boone (born March 9, 1973 in La Mesa, California) is a major league third baseman who plays for the Florida Marlins. ...

Notes

2003 Major League Baseball Playoffs
2003 World Series
American League Championship Series
American League Division Series

AL Playoff teams: Boston | Minnesota | New York | Oakland
The following are the events of the year 2003 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... The 2003 World Series marked the 100th anniversary of the first modern World Series. ... In the 2003 American League Division Series, the Boston Red Sox defeated the Oakland Athletics 3 games to 2, while the New York Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins 3 games to 1. ... The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Other nicknames The Twinkies Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1911-1960... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 9, 27, 34, 42, 43, (As) Name Oakland Athletics (1968–present) Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) (Referred to as As) Other nicknames The As, The White Elephants, The...

National League Championship Series
National League Division Series

NL Playoff teams: Atlanta | Chicago | Florida | San Francisco The 2003 National League Championship Series was a Major League Baseball playoff series played from October 7 to October 15 to determine the champion of the National League, between the Central Division champion Chicago Cubs and the wild-card qualifying Florida Marlins. ... The 2003 National League Division Series, the first round of the 2003 National League playoffs, pitted the NL East Champion Atlanta Braves (101-61) against the NL Central Champion Chicago Cubs (88-74), and the NL West Champion San Francisco Giants (100-62) against the Wild Card Florida Marlins (91... For other uses, see National League (disambiguation). ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 21, 35, 41, 42, 44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) Boston Braves (1941-1952) Boston Bees (1936-1940) Boston Braves (1912-1935) Boston Rustlers (1911) Boston Doves (1907-1910) Boston... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) East Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 42 Name Florida Marlins (1993–present) Other nicknames The Fish Ballpark Dolphin Stadium (1993–present) a. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885–1957) New York Gothams (1883–1885) Other nicknames Jints, Gigantes, G-Men Ballpark AT...


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2003 American League Championship Series - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1450 words)
The 2003 American League Championship Series was played between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees from October 8 to October 16, 2003.
The Sox forced the series to a full seven games, with the seventh game setting another major league record for the rivalry between the two teams: it marked the first time two major league teams have played more than 25 games against each other over the course of a single season.
The Cubs reached the 2003 National League Championship Series against the Florida Marlins.
2004 American League Championship Series - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3957 words)
The 2004 American League Championship Series was a Major League Baseball playoff series played between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees.
The series, a rematch of the 2003 American League Championship Series, started on October 12, 2004 and ended one minute after midnight Eastern Time on October 21.
The Boston Red Sox clinched their 11th American League Pennant in team history on Yankee legend Whitey Ford's birthday on October 21, since the game was officially clinched a minute after midnight, which signifies the next day.
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