ESPN continues MLB Encore Tuesdays, a series of classic game broadcasts, this week at 7pm. ET with game 4 of the 2001 World Series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
The game was selected by a vote from ESPN.com users of a selection of games highlighting the legend of the Yankees, Derek Jeter. The other options were the 1996 ALCS game 1 ("The Jeffrey Maier Game"); July 1, 2004, against Red Sox ("The Diving Catch"); July 9, 2011, vs. Lightning ("3,000th hit"); September 25, 2014, against the Orioles ("Farewell to the Bronx").
• What do you need to know: The Diamondbacks went up 2-1 in the series, winning the first two games in Arizona, 9-1 and 4-0, behind Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson. The Yankees won 2-1 in Game 3, behind Roger Clemens and Mariano Rivera, setting the stage for Game 4.
Schilling would start three days off for the first time in his career, while Joe Torre was with Orlando Hernandez, who at that time was 9-2 with an ERA of 2.56 in the postseason (always an underestimated part of the Yankee dynasty). Schilling made headlines before the start of Game 1, when asked about the Yankees' "mystique and aura" that helped them win three World Series in a row and responded by suggesting they were dancers in a nightclub.
• Did you know? Jeter had 3 to 28 (.107) in the ALCS and World Series entering the game. Torre shuffled his lineup for Game 4, putting Jeter in the lead, hoping to provoke the New York attack.
• The view of the field: "The first time I faced him [Arizona closer Byung-Hyun Kim], I pushed the first shot, so I didn't have a chance to see it. Whenever someone throws a gun or an armpit, it will take a few shots to catch their release point. I think the second time I saw a lot of pitches, I think it helped. "- Jeter after the game. Years later, Jeter admitted," I can say that now. Throughout my career, I have never managed to catch the launching point on side gun throwers. I just never managed to find out. "
"This is a game that the 25 guys in this locker room will remember for a long time." – Yankees player Paul O & # 39; Neill post-game
• You probably forgot that he was in this game: Shane Spencer wreaked havoc on the Yankees in 1998, when, at the age of 26, he made his debut at 0.337, with 10 home runs on 67 clubs, most of the damage that occurred in September when he returned to playing eight times. in 38 bats. Then he added home runs in his first two games in the division series, becoming an instant legend of the Yankees. He hadn't come close to those numbers again, but he was around as a part-time player. He hit .258 / .315 / .428 in 2001 and after making a crucial dive capture in game 3, he started again in game 4.
• One thing you can miss: The big controversy after the game was Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly, pulling Schilling after seven entries, three hits, nine strikeouts and just 88 shots, with Arizona leading 3-1 after scoring twice in eighth place. Brenly was using a microphone and the Fox broadcast caught Brenly saying to Schilling, "Enough, enough," with Schilling responding, "No, no, I'm fine." In a book published in 2016, Fox announcer Joe Buck wrote that Schilling had told Seeker Damian Miller that he was running out of fuel and that Schilling was just touching the microphone that he knew Brenly was using. After the book was released, Schilling called Buck a "liar" and what Miller and Brenly "also said".
It is also true, however, that after game 4, Schilling told an ESPN reporter that he was so sore that he might not be ready to launch game 7 (although he ended up doing so). Brenly also indicated that he eliminated Schilling with the idea that he would still be strong enough if it was necessary for game 7. Of course, if the D-backs won game 4, they would have raised 3-1 – with Randy Johnson was waiting for game 6. "It was a very easy decision to eliminate him, considering he was starting with three days off," said Brenly after game 4. "We had an advantage, six outs left in the game." , this is how we expected it to work & # 39; & # 39 ;.
• Its consequences: The Yankees had another dramatic victory in Game 5 and went to Arizona, needing a victory to win their fourth consecutive World Series title. The Diamondbacks blew up the Yankees in Game 6, then staged their own dramas in Game 7, meeting against the indomitable Rivera to end the New York reign.