Yearbook, Nov. 4: D-backs shock Yankees

November, 4, 2012
Nov. 4, 2001: It seemed like destiny was on the New York Yankees' side. After falling behind the upstart Arizona Diamondbacks 2-0 in the 2001 World Series -- one so emotionally charged because of the events of Sept. 11 -- Gotham's top team won three straight one-run home games, two by walk-off.

Then, after losing Game 6 15-2 and seeing the electric Curt Schilling take the mound for Game 7, New York mustered a 2-1 lead with runs in the seventh and eighth innings.

Mariano Rivera, who struck out the side in the bottom of the eighth and was nearly invincible at the time, was in. The Yankees were up. Playing at home, World Series newcomer Arizona had never faced anything like this.

But baseball did what baseball sometimes does. After an odd array of at-bats that included a single, an error on a bunt and a bunt force out, Tony Womack tied things up with a double that scored pinch runner Midre Cummings. Then, after Craig Counsell was hit by a pitch, Luis Gonzalez looped a single over the head of Derek Jeter to score Jay Bell -- and give Arizona a most improbable of titles in one of the more dramatic finales to any championship game.

Luis Gonzalez of the Arizona Diamondbacks against Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees in the 2001 World SeriesMike Nelson/AFP/Getty Images
Luis Gonzalez celebrating his game-winning hit against the New York Yankees in the 2001 World SeriesTimothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images
Derek Jeter after the New York Yankees lost the 2001 World Series to the Arizona Diamondbacks.Keith Torrie/Getty Images
The Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate beating the New York Yankees in the 2001 World SeriesKeith Torrie/Getty Images
Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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