2004 ALCS Game 4

ortizIn the 2004 ALCS, the world got to see baseball’s greatest rivals go at it for second straight year in the ALCS and for the third time in six years. The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees was as intense as it gets. The Red Sox knew if they ever wanted to break the “Curse of the Bambino” they knew would have to be against their arch nemesis Yankees. Right off the bat it seemed that the Yankees were going to again beat the Red Sox. The Yankees took the first games at home at Yankees stadium to lead the series 2-0. In Game 3 back in Boston at Fenway Park, it was pretty much a must win for the Red Sox, the Yankees took it them 19-8. It was a sure death sentence for the Red Sox and at this point it was about pride and not being swept. In Game 4, the Yankees struck first with a two-run home run by Alex Rodriguez in the 3rd inning to the Yankees up 2-0. The Red Sox score three runs in the 5th by getting RBI singles from Orlando Cabrera and David Ortiz. The Yankees retook the lead 4-3 in the 6th and could’ve done more damage but the Red Sox kept it to a one run game. The game went to the bottom of the 9th with the Red Sox down to their last three outs facing legendary Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera. Rivera walked Red Sox Kevin Millar which would become the turning point of the series. Dave Roberts would pinch-run for Millar as he immediately stole second base to put the tying run in scoring position. Red Sox Kevin Millar hit a single to Roberts to tie the game at 4-4 and the Red Sox were alive and well. The game went to extra-innings and everyone was watching to see what will happen.  In the bottom of the 12th, Ortiz would be the hero as he belt a two-run walk off home run to right field as the Red Sox won the game 6-4. The Red Sox never looked back as they wouldn’t lose a single game the rest of the way. The Red Sox came back from being down 0-3 against the Yankees to winning the series in seven games in historic stunning fashion and they would sweep the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series to finally win the title for the first time since 1918.

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