Philadelphia Phillies need to take a page or slogan from AZ Diamondbacks of 2001. "It takes more than 9 Yanks to beat our Johnson" - Randy Johnson - pitcher & Co-MVP with Curt Schilling were the Co-MVP's of the 2001 World Series.
Both combined for 4–0 record and a 1.40 ERA, striking out 45 Yankees in 39+1⁄3 innings after defeating the New York Yankees in seven glorious games. Last game, it is the bottom of the ninth inning, based loaded with 2 outs and Gonzo (Luis Gonzalez) hits safely to bring in the winning run off Mariano Rivera. I was fortunate to have ordered season tickets for the following year and thus became eligible for all 4 of the World Series games played at BOB (Bank One Ballpark). Now it is the Chase "it down stadium."
Philadelphia - just change the last word to Johnsons, as I believe there are 3 Johnsons that it takes more than 9 Yanks to beat. Oh, the memories of 2001 - Good & Bad; BAD = September 11, 2001 had occurred and the Baseball playoffs took a meaningful break to mourn the losses and the devastation that took place to our Beloved United States of America. Good = Our nation was brought together and united as brothers and sisters during that difficult time. GOOD = Seven Full Games to decide the Arizona Diamondbacks as the 2001 World Series Champions. This was just the fourth time that no World Series Champion was decided within the traditional month of October. The previous three occurrences were in 1904 (no series), 1918 (series held in September due to World War I), and 1994 (no series due to strike).
For those of You that would like to relive Game Seven of 2001 - READ ON at Bottom of Blog!!
Yesterday was our 69th Blog Post of MY BAD TEQUILA; Quite a significant number or achievement as you would all agree!
Now time to relax with a shot of Aha Toro Tequila and to send out a few tee shirts that were purchased, GRACIAS. Then I will join with you on enjoying once again a very memorable World Series - 2001
Mark Grace led off the inning with a single to center on a 1–0 pitch. The real turning point was Rivera's errant throw to second base on a bunt attempt by Damian Miller on an 0–1 pitch, putting runners on first and second. Derek Jeter tried to reach for the ball, but got tangled in the legs of pinch-runner David Dellucci, who was sliding in an attempt to break up the double play. Rivera appeared to regain control when he fielded Jay Bell's bunt and threw out Dellucci at third base, but third baseman Scott Brosius decided to hold the ball instead of throwing to first to attempt to complete the double play. Midre Cummings was sent in to pinch-run for Damien Miller. With Cummings at second and Bell at first, the next batter, Tony Womack, drove a double down the right-field line on a 2–2 pitch that evened the score and blew the save. Bell went to third and the Yankees pulled the infield and the outfield in as the potential winning run stood at third with less than two outs. After Rivera hit Craig Counsell with an 0–1 pitch, the bases were loaded. The winning run would be batted in with a gentle tap over the drawn-in infield. On an 0–1 pitch, Luis Gonzalez lofted a soft single over Derek Jeter that barely reached the outfield grass, plating Jay Bell with the winning run. This ended New York's bid for a fourth consecutive title and brought Arizona its first championship in just its fourth year of existence, making the Diamondbacks the fastest expansion team to win a World Series. It also marked the first time since 1991 that the home team won all seven games of a World Series.
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