Friday, October 12, 2012

Box Score of the week (Postseason edition)

The Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees will play in the decisive Game 5 of the ALDS this afternoon in Yankee Stadium.

The last time these two franchises met in the postseason was the 1996 American League Championship Series. With that in mind, let's check out Game 1 of that series.


This could be simply dubbed "The Jeffrey Maier game."

With the Orioles leading the Yankees 4-3 in the bottom of the 8th inning, rookie Derek Jeter hits a home run to right field to tie the game. However, replays clearly showed that a fan, 12-year old Jeffrey Maier, reached over the wall onto the field of play and corralled the ball into the seats. As the play happened RF Tony Tarasco protested vigorously with umpire Richie Garcia, who made the home run call. 

The Yankees would go on to win this game with a Bernie Williams home run in the 11th. The Yanks eventually won the ALCS 4 games to 1, moving on to the World Series where they won their first championship in 18 years. 


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