LuGo - 2001
"Chance of a lifetime for Luis Gonzalez..."
November 4, 2001. World Series Game 7. Bank One Ballpark.
Sports Illustrated's "Best Postseason Game of the Decade (2000–2009)," Game 7 of the 2001 World Series saw the 3-time defending champion Yankees face off against the Arizona Diamondbacks in only their 4th year of existence.
The Diamondbacks were down 2-1 in the bottom of the 9th inning of Game 7, and they were facing the best pitcher in postseason history, Mariano Rivera. Rivera Rivera, who had registered 23 successive postseason saves and never blown a save in the World Series.
The DBacks got lucky when Rivera committed a throwing error to put runners on first and second with no one out. Rivera recovered to get an out at third, and then Tony Womack hit a double to tie the game at 2 and put runners on second and third. Rivera then hit Craig Counsell with a pitch, loading the bases.
Luis Gonzalez stepped up. He had been the DBacks best hitter, with 57 home runs during the regular season. For the first time all year, he choked up on the bat. On the second pitch, Gonzalez broke his bat on a floating ball up the middle. It is just beyond the reach of Jeter, and the Diamondbacks walk-off as World Series winners.