As part of the ongoing 20 Greatest Games series, tonight MLB Network will feature Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS. If you’ve somehow forgotten, that’s the Aaron Boone walk-off against the Red Sox.
I wasn’t covering the Yankees at the time, but I do have vivid memories of that game. I’d moved from Missouri to Pennsylvania only a few months earlier, and this was my first experience watching the baseball playoffs surrounded by Yankees fans. The newsroom at the Scranton newspaper had plenty of Phillies fans and a handful of Mets fans, but I’d say there were more Yankees fans than anything else.
During those late innings, when the diehards were teetering on the edge of insanity with every pitch, I ducked into an editor’s office with my friend Randy so we could enjoy some of the game without that unbelievable tension. When Boone went deep, there was a moment of shouting before everyone went quickly to work getting the story into the paper.
“A heavyweight fight of two great teams in the heat of this rivalry,” Boone said according to a release from the Network. “Just an epic game of so many heroes, so many sub-plots, the drama that led up to this game to end this way I thought was pretty cool.”
Check it out on MLB Network tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET. Boone, Pedro Martinez and Bernie Williams will join series hosts Bob Costas and Tom Verducci to talk about the game.