Sunday, September 18, 2005

September 18th, 1993

Red Sox Play at Yankees

In hindsight, of course, it's easy to say that the Curse of the Bambino was silly, an attempt at trying to explain the inexplicable. Before the playoffs last year however, one could seemingly find endless examples of times when, for whatever reason, the Yankees just seemed to have the Sox' number.

This game is a perfect example of just that phenomenon. The Yankees were down three to one in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and a runner on first. Mike Stanley lifted a fly ball to left field that was caught by Mike Greenwell, apparently ending the game. However, prior to the pitch a fan had run onto the field, forcing umpire Tim Welke to call time and nullifying
Stanley's out. Given another chance against Sox closer Greg Harris, Stanley lined a single. That brought up Wade Boggs who singled, bringing home the tying run.

Harris--perhaps still flustered by having to still be pitching--then walked Dion James, bringing Don Mattingly to the plate. Donnie Baseball was having the last good season of his career, and continued it today, lining a hit and bringing home pinch runner Andy Stankiewicz for the victory and continuing the Yankees' apparent otherworldly dominance of the Red Sox.

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