The Curse of The Bambino strikes again in 03

yankeesbooneIn the 2003 ALCS between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees one thing was very evident, these teams do not like each other. A trip to the World Series was on the line, Yankees were trying to go back to their 6th World Series in 8 years while the Red Sox were looking to win the World Series for the first since 1918. In a back and forth evenly matched series, it would go the distance, to a do or die Game 7 at Yankees Stadium. It was Pedro Martinez for the Red Sox against Roger Clemens for the Yankees. The Red Sox took an early 3-0 lead in the top of the 2nd inning then led 5-2 heading into the bottom of the 8th. Red Sox were literally 5 outs away from going to the World Series as they kept Pedro Martinez who had over 100 pitches then the Yankees bats came to life as they scored 3 runs in the bottom of 8th with three doubles and a single. The game went to extra innings and Tim Wakefield was put in to pitch for the Red Sox. The very first pitch Wakefield threw in the bottom of the 11th was crushed by Aaron Boone into the left seats for an walk off AL pennant winning home run. This to many people from Boston is the worst loss in Boston sports history. It was at this point that the Curse of the Bambino was alive and well and that the Red Sox established themselves as “chokers”. This famous 7 games series overshadow the World Series the next week. It certainly wouldn’t be the last time that the Red Sox and Yankees square off again.

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