On October 16, 2003, At Yankee Stadium the New York Yankees defeat the Boston Red Sox in one of the greatest games in baseball history. With the two rivals meeting in Game Seven of the ALCS, the Red Sox hold a 5-2 lead entering the bottom of the eighth inning. Pedro Martinez is in control but in a controversial move Grady Little does not remove Martinez after 1oo pitches and tiring, wavers in the eighth as the Yankees score three to knot the game. The classic battle goes to the 11th inning, helped by great relief pitching from Mariano Rivera of the Bombers. In the Yankees half of the inning, Aaron Boone hits a Tim Wakefield pitch into the left field stands to give the Yankees a dramatic 6-5 win and a trip to the World Series.
New York Yankees capture their 39th American League pennant and meet the Florida Marlins in the World Series, Boone becomes the fifth player to end a postseason series with a homer joining Bill Mazeroski (1960 WS), Chris Chambliss (1976 ALCS, Joe Carter (1993 WS) and Todd Pratt (1999 NLDS2).
Little will be fired by the Red Sox for his “None move” and the Red Sox will find themselves in the same position 1 year later and end with a different result.