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July 24, 2004: Varitek, A-Rod brawl and Red Sox rally

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Time To Celebrate

Photograph By Jim Rogash/Getty Images

With the win, the Red Sox avoided falling 10½ games behind the Yankees in the American League East and remained tied with the Twins in the wild-card race. "I'm very, very proud of what our players did today," Boston general manager Theo Epstein said after the game. "We've been waiting to have this feeling all year." Many pointed to the win as a key turning point in Boston's season. While the Red Sox wouldn't catch the Yankees in the AL East, they would close the gap, eventually finishing three games back and making the playoffs as the AL wild-card team. From there the Red Sox went on to win their first World Series since 1918.