On October 16, 2003, the Yankees defeat the 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 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 Yanks 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.