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Man on radio: Welcome back to the baseball show on the WEEI Sports Radio Network and Comcast SportsNet.
It'’s Mike Felger, Lou Merloni, Steve Buckley here in studio in Burlington... Man: They think so highly of this young kid... Man: They could have gotten Santana if they wanted... Man: Would they drop him in the order?
I don'’t know.
I'’m not sure I would do that, but that might be the next step.
Man: You gotta be crazy or the most arrogant person going.
Man: Never tested positive, but he makes everyone in that lineup better.
Man: You know, there were a couple of times over the weekend in particular, he looked very slow on a fastball.
I just think he'’s pressing right now.
Man: John, now we'’ve been talking about this throughout the course of the day, Red Sox starting pitching... Man: It seems to me, with the Red Sox in first place as May is about to turn into June, worrying or complaining about whatever you think the Red Sox issues are... Announcer: Good morning, Harry.
Harry: Thanks very much.
Hello, again, everybody.
Announcer: And the Babe swings.
It'’s a long one, a long one... going out towards right center... Announcer: ...it'’s a beauty down the leftfield line, Announcer: And Boston Red Sox... Announcer: Here'’s the pitch and there'’s a long drive to deep right center, it could be, it could be, it'’s a home run!
Announcer: ...a balmy 74 degrees and the wind is blowing dead out over the Green Monster in leftfield... Announcer: Long drive, left field.
If it stays fair, it'’s gone, home run, the Red Sox win!
And the series is tied... Man: I sometimes sit and stare out the window thinking, what could I have done with my life had I not spent all this time on the Red Sox?
Might I have completed this novel I'’ve been working on for 25 years?
Might I not have done something else?
But what it becomes in the end is like raising your children.
If you raise them well, and they love you and you love them back, at the end of the day you know that when you leave this life your children won'’t be thinking about, you know, oh, what a great column he wrote in October of 1972.
They'’ll be thinking about the time they spent with you as a father.
That'’s how I think about the Red Sox, the time I have spent with the Red Sox.
Announcer: This is "NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw."
Tom Brokaw: Good evening.
There'’s never been a time quite like this one, with so many people making so much money.
1999 will go down as the year of the high tech, high flyers with stock prices going from pocket change to hundreds of dollars in a heartbeat, and staying there.
But will this continue into the 21st Century?
Narrator: As the last baseball season of the 20th century began, the country - and its national pastime - were thriving as never before.
In the 5 years since the crippling strike of 1994, the game had bounced back spectacularly.
Insiders and casual fans alike felt they were watching some of the greatest players, and some of the greatest plays the sport had ever seen.
Yet just as the game seemed to have entered a new golden age, suspicions grew that many of the best players were using performance-enhancing drugs, that steroid-inflated home run records had replaced day-to-day heroics, that greed had trumped loyalty, that only money and success, not character, mattered.
But at a time when America seemed most threatened, baseball provided a welcome distraction, and offered the hope, at least for a few hours, that things could return to normal.
At a time of ever increasing offense, a handful of pitchers still managed to dominate, and a skinny singles hitter from the other side of the world electrified fans with his elegant mastery of the old game.
And at a time when winning was all that mattered in America, baseball, with its failures and disappointments, reminded the nation that loss is often the best teacher.
Through it all, the game continued to astonish, to rise above its own scandals, and to reflect, in good times and bad, the complicated country that had created it.
I'’ve always loved the game from the time I was little.
And I'’ll always love the game and nothing, nothing can tear me from the game.
There'’s something about what happens on the field that'’s like a kind of poetry, it'’s like a kind of ballet.
The remarkable thing about the game is how beautiful it is despite all the ugliness that may be around it at times.
It'’s just a beautiful thing.
Announcer: The 0-2 pitch, fast ball, blown away.
Man: When you watched Pedro, it was almost poignant in a way that someone that small could throw that hard.
Most great pitchers you look at them and they all have one great strikeout pitch.
If the count'’s 0 and 2 or even if the count'’s 3 and 2, he always has one place to go to to get you out.
Well, Pedro Martinez had 3 places to get you out.
It was the fastball, it was the changeup, and it was the curveball.
They were all the best pitches of their kind in baseball at the time.
And he could put them anywhere that he wanted.
Narrator: Pedro Martinez had been born into a family of pitchers in Manoguayabo in the Dominican Republic, but because of his slight frame, scouts worried that he would not be able to withstand the punishment of pitching in the majors.
Martinez ignored them all and made himself into one of the greatest players the game had ever seen.
Announcer: Swing and a miss.
He struck him out.
15 strikeouts for Martinez!
Narrator: In the 1999 All-Star game, Martinez struck out 5 of baseball'’s best hitters: Barry Larkin, Larry Walker, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, and Jeff Bagwell-- a performance reminiscent of Carl Hubbell'’s in the 1934 All-Star game.
He was the master of pitching inside, giving him a distinct psychological edge over opposing hitters.
First of all, I'’m confident.
Now, a lot of people misjudge that.
People might say he'’s cocky.
I'’m fearless, intense.
Some people might say he'’s mean.
And sometimes, since I'’m so intense, I will strike you out, keep on looking at you, see because baseball has a little bit of psychology in it.
If you see a guy frustrated with a changeup, you have to continue to throw that changeup.
If you can'’t hit a changeup, I'’m sorry.
You'’re gonna see it again.
Narrator: Between 1997 and 2003, he would post an earned run average of 2.20 when the league average was above 5, twice strike out more than 300 batters, and win 3 Cy Young Awards.
Man: For 4 years he had no-hit stuff every night.
Every time he went onto the mound there was a chance that he was gonna throw a no hitter.
Pitching coaches will tell you that the differential between your fastball and your changeup should be somewhere around 10 to 12 miles an hour, on average.
Pedro, at his best, his differential between his fastball and his changeup was 16 miles an hour, which was criminal.
There'’s no way that you can expect a 98-mile-an-hour fastball and adjust to an 82-mile an-hour changeup.
He was remarkable.
Martinez: When everything clicks for you, you just feel right on top of everybody.
You look at A-Rod or Jeter or anybody and just-- I'’m gonna blow you away.
And you'’re gone.
Narrator: Pedro Martinez was not alone.
Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux of the Braves would together win 660 games.
Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees would save nearly as many, becoming the most successful closer of all time.
In the post season, he had no equal--in 88 appearances, his ERA was an extraordinary 0.74.
Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks was the most intimidating left-handed pitcher ever, striking out nearly 5,000 batters in 22 seasons.
Roger Clemens, a hard-throwing right-hander, was every bit as fierce as Johnson.
For 13 years, he had been the exalted star of the Red Sox'’ pitching'’ staff, winning 20 games in 3 different seasons and regularly finishing among the league leaders in ERA and strikeouts.
But in 1996, the team decided to let him go, explaining to disappointed fans that the 34-year-old Clemens-- like most pitchers his age-- was in "the twilight of his career."
Indignant, Clemens signed with Toronto and began training with one of the team'’s strength coaches, former New York City policeman Brian McNamee, who would prove willing to do whatever Clemens asked to enable the pitcher to hurl fastballs all season long.
Traded to the Yankees in 1999, he remained one of the most imposing pitchers in the game, nearly as dominant in his late 30s and early 40s as he had been 20 years before.
Roger Clemens would eventually receive a record 7 Cy Young Awards.
Man: We can forget about the debate between Walter Johnson and Cy Young and Lefty Grove.
The greatest pitcher in the history of baseball is Roger Clemens.
Now, there have been many, many great pitchers, but no one has ever done what Roger did.
And there'’s the freak show accomplishment.
There'’s 20 strikeouts in a game, twice, 10 years apart.
This is a superhuman...critter.
[Man speaking Japanese] For me, baseball is what made me.
They say a wolf cub believes the first thing it sees is its parent.
Perhaps that is the way I sense baseball within myself, yes.
Narrator: Ichiro Suzuki was born in Aichi, Japan, the son of a factory manager whose philosophy of life was based on 4 guiding principles: harmony, patience, effort, and fighting spirit.
"The only way to succeed," he once said, "is to suffer and persevere."
From the time Ichiro was 9, his father drilled him in batting and fielding 2 to 3 hours every day, even when freezing temperatures left his hands too numb to grip a bat.
A natural right-hander, Ichiro learned to hit from the left side of the plate, so he could begin each at-bat two steps closer to first base.
Under his father'’s tutelage, he developed an unorthodox hitting style that allowed him to put the full weight of his body behind each swing.
[Ichiro speaking Japanese] I was told, "your swing isn'’t the same as the fundamentals, so fix it."
A coach would instruct me about these things, but as soon as I would say to him, "I'’m still hitting more than anyone else," he would not say anything else.
So, I didn'’t memorize this form of hitting, it came naturally from my body.
Narrator: At 18, Ichiro made his debut with the Orix Blue Wave of Japan'’s Pacific League.
He would go on to win 7 consecutive batting titles and become Japan'’s highest-paid player.
Having reached the pinnacle of the Japanese game, he was determined to find out if he could compete in America -- against the best in the world.
But most scouts doubted that Ichiro, with his slender frame and unusual batting stance, would be able to handle big league pitching.
10 Japanese pitchers had already come to the United States, but no Japanese position player had ever appeared in the majors.
Then, in 2000, the Japanese- owned Seattle Mariners decided to sign him anyway, hoping Ichiro would attract a large following among Asian- Americans living in the Pacific Northwest.
Announcer: Batting first, right fielder, number 51, Ichiro Suzuki!
[Man speaking indistinctly] Announcer: And a base hit into center field.
Up the first base line.
He can fly.
They throw it away!
Look at the acceleration down the base line.
Narrator: In an era filled with home runs, Ichiro was a revelation, slapping the ball in every direction, beating out infield hits, flying around the bases.
Announcer: Now he'’s taking off for third, and the throw is not in time.
It pops loose.
Huff can'’t find the ball.
Ichiro is headed to the plate and he'’s gonna score.
Narrator: He was a 21st- century throwback to earlier generations of stars like Wee Willie Keeler, George Sisler, Ty Cobb and the fast-moving, fast-thinking stars of the Negro Leagues.
American fans embraced him immediately.
Man: I think he represents a counterpoint to a lot of what was out there because this was in the midst of a bludgeon-ball era in baseball, and here'’s this wiry little guy spraying base hits everywhere, beating out infield choppers, playing this sort of cerebral game, was so different from the prevailing culture of the sport that I think it made it even more appealing.
Martinez: You have to make the perfect pitch to get him.
And he'’s gonna make you throw pitches too, which we hate.
Pitchers hate to throw more pitches than they should.
And even if you get him to hit the ball the wrong way, he'’s got such great speed that you never know-you might break his bat and still he gets a base hit.
And Ichiro is one of those.
Announcer: Ground ball, base hit into right field.
Heading for third is Terrence Long.
The throw by Ichiro- beautiful peg!
He got him!
Holy smoke, a laser beam strike from Ichiro.
Narrator: "That throw," a Seattle reporter wrote, "needs to be framed and hung on the wall at the Louvre next to the Mona Lisa."
Japanese newspapers and television stations dispatched hundreds of reporters to send back news of his every move to a nation eager for any information about their hero.
"Ichiro," his Prime Minister declared, "makes me proud to be Japanese."
Narrator: Ichiro finished his first season, leading the American League in at-bats, hits, batting average, and stolen bases, won a Gold Glove Award, and was voted Rookie Of The Year and MVP.
It would be his first of 9 consecutive 200-hit seasons, breaking a record set by Wee Willie Keeler a century earlier in 1901.
Other big league clubs were now eager to sign the next Ichiro.
Man: That'’s a great thing about globalization that people can take this thing that you played with and invented and maybe to some degree spoiled with whatever'’s going on here and it can go to an entirely different place and be re-created and re-grown as if it'’s a hybrid flower of some kind and come back and show you the game maybe in a different way and maybe in a way it used to be that you hadn'’t thought of in a long time.
And I think that'’s something really beautiful.
Barnicle: I have, still, two gloves that I'’ve carted across all the years and I have them for a purpose, one selfish, one familial.
The selfish reason is, I love them.
I love them because they remind me of what I was when I was a kid and they allow me to still be a kid when I hold the gloves.
I can still see my parents.
I can still see the apartment we lived in, all of those things.
The familial reason is that my kids, like a lot of kids today, have an excess of things, material things.
A bad day for them is they lose an iPod.
But my boys who played baseball, when they were 12, 13, or 14, they would occasionally come to me and say, "Dad, I can'’t find my stuff.
"I can'’t find my catcher'’s equipment.
Do you know where my bats went?"
And I'’d go get one of the gloves and I'’d say, I'’d hold it up and I'’d say, "I'’ve had this since 1954.
"I know where this is.
Go find your stuff and don'’t lose it."
Narrator: In 1999, a 34-year- old Barry Bonds had arrived at spring training with a brand-new physique.
The previous summer, he'’d watched in frustration as fans cheered Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa for hitting home runs while ignoring his own all-around contributions to the game.
Determined to outdo them both, he had put on 20 pounds of muscle in the off-season.
Man: Bonds had 8 gold gloves, 8 All-Star appearances, 3 MVP awards.
He should have had a 4th; they gave it to a less obnoxious player just to punish him.
He had more than 400 home runs, more than 400 stolen bases.
He was a Hall of Fame player.
And then that wasn'’t good enough.
Narrator: Bonds hit home runs more frequently that year than he ever had before, but sidelined by injuries, he appeared in only 102 games.
In 2000, the Giants moved to their new home near downtown San Francisco, Pac Bell Park.
3.3 million people paid to watch Bonds that summer, more than had ever come out to see the club in its 115-year history.
He finished the season with a career best 49 home runs and propelled the Giants to the top of their division.
At his age, he was supposed to be declining, and he just kept getting better and better and better.
All the different things that Barry Bonds did, he was playing at another level.
He was playing a different sport.
Barry Bonds--incredible eye at the plate, incredible discipline at the plate.
And also intelligent.
Tremendous memory in how they got him out and how he hit it and what to anticipate.
In hitting, guessing is no good, but anticipating is great.
Narrator: Off the field, Bonds worked hard to improve his image, telling San Francisco fans, "I love you.
On opening day 2001, Bonds slammed a 420-foot home run.
By the All-Star break, he had hit 39 and was on a pace to break the single-season record of 70 that Mark McGwire had said would never be broken.
Bonds was so masterful at the plate that many teams decided it was simply safer to pitch around him.
Verducci: I can remember thinking this is the most feared hitter who ever lived.
Teams have never avoided a hitter like they have Barry Bonds.
Not Ted Williams, not Babe Ruth, Not Joe DiMaggio.
And then when there was that one pitch that happened to be in the strike zone, he didn'’t miss it.
In baseball, you had Bonds and everybody else.
Narrator: Bonds had a sensational summer.
Announcer: Bonds hits one high, hits it deep, and he hits it outta here!
Man: The thing that goes through your mind mostly is what'’s gonna happen if it'’s over today?
You think about that more than you know, what'’s happening at this point in time now.
Are you a wonderful person because you hit a bunch of home runs or are you an evil person because you don'’t do it?
High fly ball... Narrator: On Sunday, September 9, 2001, in Denver, he slammed a 488-foot shot in the 1st inning, a solo home run in the 5th, and a 3-run blast in the 11th.
A 3-homer day for Bonds.
Boy, all you can do is stand and applaud and admire the great talent of Barry Bonds.
3 homers today.
Narrator: He now had 63.
Woman: ...the plane fly into the World Trade Center.
It was a jet, it was a very large plane.
[Siren] Man: It crashed into the top of the tower.
Man: I woke up the morning of September 11th.
I had an appearance in Manhattan, waiting for a car service to pick me up.
My phone rings.
It'’s the car service saying, "You still going?"
I said, "Yeah, why?"
I hadn'’t turned the TV on.
He says, "Well, a plane flew into the World Trade Center."
Well, I turned on the TV, and then the second plane hit the World Trade Center.
Man: Can you see it?
Katie Couric: Yes.
The last thing on your mind is baseball at this point in time.
[Rumbling] Don Dahler: ...just collapsed.
Peter Jennings: The whole side has collapsed?
Don Dahler: The whole building has collapsed.
Peter Jennings: The whole building has collapsed?
Don Dahler: The building has collapsed.
Narrator: The tragedy was too great to comprehend.
The country was in shock.
No one knew what was going to happen next.
Planes were grounded.
Schools and businesses were closed.
The financial markets shut down.
Major League Baseball canceled all games indefinitely.
Over the next few days, the nation slowly began to regroup.
Thousands made their way to New York to help search the rubble for survivors-- only a handful were found.
"They'’re still trying to find people," Derek Jeter, a resident of Manhattan said.
"I really don'’t think it'’s the right time to play baseball."
On Friday, September 14th, Commissioner Bud Selig announced that baseball would begin again the following Monday.
Man: And the following Monday when they opened Wall Street the streets were ringed with men with machine guns.
There was still smoke pouring out of the pyre of the World Trade Center.
After about 4 hours of walking around downtown, a cop recognizes me.
He says, "How are you Keith?"
I said, "I'’m alright.
How are you?"
He said, "I'’m worried."
I said, "Yeah, I'’m worried too."
He said, "I'’m worried about the Mets."
Then I sort of snapped out of it.
I said, "You'’re worried about the Mets?"
He said, "Yeah, well, I mean the season resumes tonight "and I'’m really worried.
They'’re in Pittsburgh.
"Do you think they'’ve got enough to get back "in the Pennant race?
"I mean, they were doing so well.
Can they catch the Braves?"
I said, "How on earth could that possibly matter?"
We'’re standing and there'’s smoke coming up from behind us.
And he says, "Well", he says "It doesn'’t matter.
"Of course it doesn'’t matter.
I got 300 friends dead.
It doesn'’t matter."
He says, "But tonight 7:00 and all day "the rest of today I can look forward to 7:00 where I can put my feet up and pretend it does matter."
[Fireworks exploding] Narrator: The New York Yankees'’ first game was in Chicago.
Torre: The remarkable part was we go out there and in the stands you see "We Love New York," and we'’re in Chicago and you know that, you know, in Boston they were playing "New York, New York.
That type of stuff just gave you goose bumps when you realized that it was just a country coming together.
And our baseball was there to distract the people from, you know, thinking about the horrors that just went on.
Narrator: In San Francisco, Barry Bonds announced that he would donate $10,000 to 9/11 relief funds for each home run he hit the rest of the season.
Announcer: 63 home runs for Bonds.
Announcer: Bonds...hits one high, hits it deep, he hits it outta here!
Number 64, game tied.
Narrator: "For a time," wrote the "Kansas City Star", "Bonds became a symbol of American resilience, of the country getting back to business."
By October 4th, Bonds had hit 69 home runs, one shy of McGwire'’s record.
The Giants were in Houston, playing the Astros at Enron Field.
Announcer: Bonds with a drive.
Looks like number 70 for Barry Bonds, tying the all-time record set in 1998 by Mark McGwire.
Barry Bonds hits home run number 70 at Enron Field.
He'’s now homered in every National League park this year.
Narrator: The next day, the Giants were back in San Francisco.
Announcer: There'’s a high drive, deep into right center field, to the big part of the ball park.
And what a shot!
Narrator: Barely 3 years after Mark McGwire had broken Roger Maris'’ 37-year-old record, Barry Bonds was the new single-season home run champion.
And he wasn'’t finished.
Number 72 came later that evening.
Announcer: There'’s a high drive...Grissom back in centerfield.
He'’s all the way back to the wall.
72 and counting for Barry Bonds.
Narrator: Then, on the last day of the season, in his first at-bat, he hit his 73rd.
Announcer: A floater to Bonds.
And he hits it high; he hits it deep; and it is outta here!
Announcer: That'’s incredible.
Narrator: Bonds'’ 2001 statistics were astounding.
He had hit a home run in every 7 at-bats.
His slugging percentage of .879 broke a record set by Babe Ruth in 1920.
He had been walked 177 times, more than any batter in history, and with 567 career home runs, he was now 6th on the all-time list.
But in the aftermath of September 11th, the response to Bonds'’ accomplishments was muted - most of the country was not in the mood to celebrate.
Dan Rather: On the first night of Operation: Enduring Freedom, the U.S. counterstrike against Osama bin Laden and the ruling Taliban is underway, led by cruise missiles and manned bombers.
Narrator: In late October, as the war in Afghanistan began and demolition crews removed rubble from the site of the World Trade Center, the New York Yankees found themselves in the World Series for the 5th time in 6 years.
They were led by their shortstop Derek Jeter, who had emerged as one of the most popular and respected players in all of baseball history, the epitome of the Yankees'’ success.
New York would face the Arizona Diamondbacks, an expansion team in only its 5th year of existence.
They were led by two overpowering pitchers: Randy Johnson, whose fastball seemed to be halfway home before he even let go of it, and Curtis Montague Schilling, a brash right-hander known for pitching deep into games and fooling hitters with a wicked split-finger fastball.
Between them, Schilling and Johnson led the National League in wins, strikeouts, earned run average, and innings pitched.
Together, they were responsible for nearly half of Arizona'’s regular season victories.
When asked whether he was intimidated by the Yankees'’ "mystique and aura," Schilling responded, "those are dancers "in a nightclub, not things we concern ourselves with on the ball field."
Johnson and Schilling are more dominant as a pair now than anybody in the history of baseball has ever been, and that'’s what the Yankees were up against.
They aren'’t up against a team, they'’re up against two pitchers.
Narrator: It would be one of the most memorable World Series in baseball history-- less for who won or lost, than as a sign that the country and its national pastime would endure.
In game 1, Schilling stifled Yankee bats.
Randy Johnson was even more dominant in game 2.
The 3rd game would be in New York City.
Security was tight.
More than 1,000 police officers guarded the stadium.
Fans were forced to pass through metal detectors, and many were afraid there might be another attack.
Roger Clemens pitched the Yankees to a 2-1 win.
In game 4, the Diamondbacks were leading 3 to 1 in the bottom of the 9th.
Byung-Hyun Kim, a 22-year-old relief pitcher from South Korea, faced Yankee first baseman Tino Martinez.
In 9 at-bats in the series, he had had no hits.
Kim had struck out the side in the 8th.
Announcer: 1 on, 2 out.
Torre: Tino Martinez hits a ball right centerfield.
And what I can see, still visualize, is that ball disappearing over the fence into the stands.
And boom, here we are.
Narrator: The game was now tied.
Announcer: 3 balls, 2 strikes.
Narrator: With 2 outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, Derek Jeter came to bat.
Announcer: Byung-Hyun Kim trying to send this game to the 11th.
Narrator: It was 4 minutes after midnight on November 1st.
Announcer: ..taking care of the first two here in the 10th.
Jeter hits it in to right back at the wall.
Yankees win and the series is tied!
[Cheering] Narrator: Just 20 hours later, they were back at Yankee Stadium for game 5.
Both teams played well, but in the bottom of the 9th the Yankees were again trailing by 2.
Again, Kim was on the mound.
Announcer: After last night, blowing the save in the 9th inning... Announcer: Putting Kim right back over the coals.
Announcer: Got '’em.
Narrator: For the second straight night, the Yankees were down to their final out.
Announcer: Now it'’s up to Brosius for New York.
Narrator: Third baseman Scott Brosius came to the plate.
Announcer: Tying run at the plate, runner at 2nd, 2 out, 2-0 Arizona here in game 5.
Announcer: A huge pitch for Kim.
Announcer: Brosius hits one into left.
Back at the wall, the Yankees have tied it again!
Narrator: Again, the game went to extra innings.
In the bottom of the 12th, Alfonso Soriano batted for New York.
Announcer: On 2 and 1, into right field, base hit.
Here comes Knoblauch.
The throw by Sanders, play at the plate, Yankees win.
They lead the series 3 games to 2.
Narrator: The Yankees had come from behind again.
Verducci: They say lightning doesn'’t strike twice in the same spot.
It sure did that series.
And I'’ll never forget being in the Yankees'’ parking lot after game 5 when the Yankees had done it again.
The players didn'’t wanna leave.
It reminded me of after a little league game after a big win, you'’re all hanging out at the parking lot at Dairy Queen just talking about the game.
Announcer: These last two games defy description.
Narrator: In game 6, Randy Johnson came through again for Arizona and they beat New York 15 to 2 in Phoenix.
In game 7, for the third time, Curt Schilling started for Arizona.
Roger Clemens again pitched for New York.
Announcer: Curt Schilling, who last night guaranteed a victory, saying, "We'’re going to win."
Narrator: Through 5 innings, neither pitcher let a runner past second base.
In the 6th, Arizona broke through.
Announcer: Finley floats one to center for a leadoff hit.
Into left centerfield, Danny Bautista delivers again.
That ball'’s gonna put Arizona on top.
Going for third.
Out, but it'’s 1-0 Arizona.
Narrator: The Yankees fought back in the 7th.
Announcer: Runners at the corners, one out.
Martinez with a base hit to right, and the Yankees have tied it.
Announcer: Soriano into deep left field.
At the wall, Yankees on top 2-1.
Narrator: Curt Schilling had been outstanding, but he was tired.
Announcer: Randy Johnson is coming in... Narrator: Randy Johnson, who had thrown 104 pitches the day before, came out to pitch in relief.
Announcer: Randy Johnson in the game...
The 1-2 punch for Arizona giving the Yankees all they can handle.
Narrator: Johnson kept the Yankees from scoring again.
As he had for most of the past 6 seasons, Joe Torre again turned to his unflappable reliever Mariano Rivera, who had already pitched 3 times in the series without giving up a single run.
But in the bottom of the 9th, Arizona tied the game, and then loaded the bases.
Rivera would face outfielder Luis Gonzalez, who had hit 57 home runs that year.
Announcer: The chance of a lifetime for Luis Gonzalez.
2-2, bottom of the 9th, bases loaded, infield in, one out.
Tim McCarver: The one problem is Rivera throws inside to left-handers, and left-handers get a lot of broken bat hits into the shallow part of the outfield.
That'’s the danger in bringing the infield in with a guy like Rivera on the mound.
Olbermann: There'’s just enough time in baseball to see tragedy or triumph headed your way.
But there it was.
For Yankee fans, it was they got him positioned wrong.
Announcer: The Diamondbacks are world champions!
[Cheering] Narrator: The New York Yankees, the team much of America was rooting for, had lost.
Several of their stars, including Tino Martinez and Scott Brosius, moved on or retired.
It would be 8 years before they would win another championship.
Torre: It was just so sad saying good-bye to everybody.
I went around the room and hugged everybody and, um... it was just a sad way to end our relationship, basically.
Even though the memories were great, that night was about as sad as it gets.
Man on radio: He developed a concept that pretty much everyone in baseball knows now, that'’s VORP--Value Over Replacement Player.
And how did this come about?
Did he say VORP?
This guy'’s VORP is 350?
What the hell is VORP?
We could spend half the day explaining what VORP is.
But there are those who will tell you VORP is probably the defining statistic of any player to tell you if he'’s really good, if he'’s great, or not as good as we think.
I don'’t have a clue how they figure out VORP.
But it'’s something to do with the value of a player over an average replacement for him at his position--VORP.
How that adds up and how they calculate it I don'’t have a clue.
I'’m still trying to get OPS, you know, O-P-S which is slugging percentage added to on base percentage.
And that'’s OPS.
His OPS is 970.
I know that that'’s really good.
Narrator: For decades, scouts and managers had relied on gut instinct and accumulated experience when evaluating talent, but in the new millennium, inspired by the iconoclastic theories of statistician Bill James, one club discovered a radically new way to compete.
By compiling and reinterpreting baseball'’s unending stream of statistics, the cash-strapped Oakland A'’s were able to identify players whose particular talents had been undervalued or overlooked by wealthier clubs.
How batters got on base didn'’t matter, they realized, compared to whether they got on base at all, and how often they scored.
How many games pitchers won didn'’t matter as much as how efficiently they got batters out.
Announcer: ...strikes out.
Narrator: The A'’s, despite having one of the lowest payrolls in the game, made the postseason 4 years in a row.
Before long, sophisticated data analysis would affect every decision made by every team, on the field and off.
But many observers continued to believe that intangibles like a player'’s heart and determination still had value, that regardless of the numbers, some individuals did perform better than others in "the clutch."
[Commentators talking indistinctly] Derek Jeter with one of the most unbelievable plays you will ever see by a shortstop!
[BELL DINGS] TV Announcer: The greatest home run hitter of all time, Hank Aaron, opens trading today at the New York Stock Exchange and the market promptly hits a home run for investors, the Dow now up 23% for the year, NASDAQ with all its "tech stocks" up an astonishing 71% for the year.
Narrator: At the beginning of free agency in 1975, the average salary of a big league player had been $45,676 a season, just three times what the average American earned in a year.
Now with revenue pouring in from cable and satellite TV, radio, the Internet, international markets and new ballparks, the average baseball salary had soared to nearly 2.4 million, almost 50 times what the average American made.
Hoenig: Who dreamed that players would make $25 million for a season in a game like baseball?
And that creates a great amount of desire to get to that place just as it created among us the sense that we could all make a ton of money in dot com or we could take make a lot of money in flipping houses or we could get all these mortgages, all of these home equity loans and buy whatever it is we wanted.
Narrator: Other things were out of proportion, too.
Man: It'’s hard to compare eras now, but I also think that the balls are a little--go a little farther.
I won'’t say juiced, most of the parks are smaller, but players today are bigger and stronger than before.
Bob Costas: The ball may be juiced, and some of the players may be juiced.
Costas: I was trying in a general sense to call attention to the fact that this stuff just doesn'’t make sense.
And this was the part that I found especially galling.
People throughout baseball who pride themselves on knowing the difference between the split-second it took Bill Mazeroski to turn a double play as opposed to the average second baseman, who pride themselves on knowing when a guy'’s arm angle comes down ever so slightly because he'’s fatigued in the late innings, who notice if a guy has moved half a step in or half a step back at third base, they didn'’t notice a damn thing when guys showed up looking like they'’d been inflated with bicycle pumps.
Narrator: As the memory of the crippling strike of 1994 faded away, baseball'’s popularity surged, but rumors and suspicions about performance-enhancing drugs kept surfacing.
Over the years, a few sportswriters and broadcasters had tried to call attention to steroids'’ infiltration of the national pastime.
But nothing was done, and doping became an open secret in the game.
Verducci: I don'’t think a bunch of owners or general managers got into a room and they said, we got a great thing going here.
Turnstiles are humming, fans love it, let'’s not do anything.
I think what happened was, when they were clued enough into what was happening it was already too late without really getting their hands very dirty.
Cleaning it up meant taking down the biggest players in the game.
And that was an undertaking they weren'’t going to touch until somebody made them touch it.
Narrator: In May of 2002, Jose Canseco, who would later claim that without steroids he would have never even made it to the major leagues, retired from baseball with 462 home runs.
He told the press that 85% of major leaguers were taking steroids.
"There would be no baseball left," Canseco insisted, "if we drug-tested everyone."
But hardly anyone took his claims seriously.
Then, a few weeks later, "Sports Illustrated" published a cover story by Tom Verducci which described players taking a wide range of performance- enhancing drugs.
In the article, former Padres third baseman Ken Caminiti confessed that he had taken heavy doses of steroids for years, beginning in 1996, when he had been named the National League'’s Most Valuable Player.
And what really, really struck me was first of all the responsibility that he took for his own career but also the fact that he had no remorse whatsoever.
And that'’s when it really hit home to me that it was so pervasive in the game that given the choice he would do it again.
Narrator: In 2001, Commissioner Bud Selig had imposed a drug-testing program on the minor leagues, where he did not need the consent of the Players'’ Association.
But the union had refused to permit a similar program in the major leagues.
Man: Our view was there may well be reasons to test people if you have some reason to believe they'’re doing something wrong.
But if you have no reason at all that'’s an entirely different set of circumstances and that there oughta be some reasonableness factor.
It'’s sort of the industrial counterpart of probable cause.
This is a subject of collective bargaining.
This is not something the Commissioner can do unilaterally as much as I'’d like to.
What took so long?
Some very long and difficult negotiation.
Bryant: The union was in a very difficult position, but at the same time they did not cover themselves in glory here.
And I think that the players hurt themselves by simply believing that they were above accountability.
Narrator: 3 months after the revelations about Caminiti and Canseco, Selig and Fehr announced that the union had agreed to limited drug testing.
Players would be tested anonymously, only once or twice, and not at all during the off-season.
If more than 5% did test positive, a punitive plan would automatically go into effect.
Thanks largely to the Players Association, it was the weakest drug prevention program in professional sports.
But in the first year, more than 5% did test positive.
From then on, those who failed more than once, faced suspensions of at least 15 games.
After 5 positive results, they would be suspended for an entire season.
Woman: They came to an agreement about a drug testing policy that had so many holes in it that there was no way a player, unless he was just dumb as a rock, was gonna fail under the guidelines that they set forth.
Narrator: Despite the negative publicity about steroids, Bud Selig could justifiably take credit for the fact that baseball was booming, enjoying a "renaissance" unparalleled in its history.
And for the first time, the owners and players had managed to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement without a work stoppage.
In the new contract, the richest clubs also agreed to share some of their profits with the poorest clubs, and the players allowed a luxury tax to be imposed on the teams with the highest payrolls -- the Mets, the Red Sox, and especially the Yankees.
Although no one could have predicted it at the time, the disastrous strike of 1994 had ushered in a period of unprecedented labor peace, as the players and the owners finally learned how to work together.
Bud Selig: This is the golden era of baseball.
Average game today is drawing 33,000, 34,000 people with all the games on television.
The popularity of the sport is just enormous.
Bryant: And that'’s been the question.
Is it possible to have a renaissance and a calamity at the same time?
It all depends on what your barometer is.
What is your measure?
If your measure is money and only money, then yeah, it was possible because people in this game made more money than ever.
But if your barometer is something more than that, if your barometer is integrity, is in having people look at you and believing in your sport, not just going to the games, but believing in your sport, then it'’s not possible.
Boswell: I think fans have been able to compartmentalize their disappointments and still enjoy it the way they used to.
And I think we'’ve built up the same sort of sieve for letting experience through that we have with real people in our real lives.
We don'’t expect them to be saints and we no longer expect our athletes to be.
We expect them to be the same range of people that we see in the rest of our life.
And I think that one of the reasons that baseball has not only not lost popularity but gained it, is, as its flaws become apparent, it actually gains depth and humanity even as it loses its fairytale, um, mythic qualities.
Announcer: Bonds swings.
There'’s a high drive, deep into centerfield... Bonds: I have done well in my career.
If it ended today I have nothing to be ashamed of.
The only thing is I would just feel very sad about not having an opportunity to go to a World Series.
Because you can play 100 years of baseball and never, ever have that opportunity to go to the World Series.
The World Series is what I want more than anything.
Narrator: In 2002, Barry Bonds had another spectacular season and would be named the National League'’s most valuable player for the fifth time.
And now he was on his way to the World Series for the first time, eager to prove he could perform as well in the postseason as he did the rest of the year.
The Giants would face the Anaheim Angels.
Both teams had been their league'’s wild card, something that had never happened in a World Series before.
Man: I had the privilege of covering all 7 games of that World Series for the Sacramento Bee, my newspaper.
And it looked for all the world that the Giants were finally going to win.
Narrator: With Bonds leading the team, the Giants took a 3 games to 2 lead.
Game 6 would be played in Anaheim.
Announcer: Bonds has walked twice tonight, 26 times in the post-season.
That is crushed!
Deep into the night and it'’s 4-0 San Francisco.
Just absolutely crushed.
15 batters faced, 14 outs.
Narrator: San Francisco starter Russ Ortiz pitched brilliantly and the Giants took a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the 7th.
Miller: We were all counting the outs.
And they were 8 outs away from winning the World Series for the first time as the San Francisco Giants.
Russ Ortiz was pitching a shutout.
Announcer: Here'’s the 2-2 pitch.
Swung on and missed by 3.
Narrator: In the Giants'’ clubhouse, attendants iced champagne in preparation for a celebration.
Announcer: Russ goes into his wind-up.
And the pitch on the way to Glaus.
Line drive, that'’s a base hit.
And Troy Glaus has just the third Angel hit.
Breton: And I can remember being in the press box, and I was thinking it'’s finally gonna happen.
It'’s finally gonna happen.
Announcer: Ortiz delivers and it'’s ripped into right field!
Breton: At that point I was 40 years old.
Announcers: Angels being shut out 5-0 at the moment.
Breton: I had been with these guys since I'’m 8.
Announcer: So that might be it for Ortiz.
He has a 4-hit shutout working.
You know, I'’m trying to keep some sort of professional distance, but I couldn'’t help to imagine a parade down Market Street in San Francisco.
And you know and I was already thinking I was gonna take off my jacket cause I didn'’t want it to stink of champagne and the whole thing.
Announcer: Big pitch coming up.
Breton: And then the bottom fell out.
Announcer: The 3-2 pitch is belted to right field.
Back on it goes Sanders, he can'’t get it!
[Cheering] Announcer: Here'’s the pitch by Worrell.
Drive hit into right field.
That ball is gone!
And they are within 1!
Here'’s the 1-0 to Salmon.
A drive into centerfield.
Lofton can'’t get it.
Breton: And at a certain point the Angels rally kept going, I sat back in my chair and I stopped writing.
Announcer: The Angels take the lead, 6-5!
And then when the Angels went ahead, I did what all writers dread doing I highlight everything I had written and I hit delete.
Announcer: A 3rd strike, a 7th game.
They'’re one strike away from all of that.
The 2-2 pitch.
Swung on and missed!
The Angels win the game, 6-5!
Breton: When game 6 was over, I knew it was over.
I knew they weren'’t gonna win game 7.
Narrator: The next night, the Angels became world champions for the first time in their 42-year history.
Barry Bonds had made 30 trips to the plate, hit 4 home runs, and was walked 13 times, a World Series record.
But it hadn'’t been enough.
Breton: It was like a morgue afterwards.
There'’s so much media for a World Series.
And we'’re all trying to cram into his locker.
And at one point he'’s got his shirt off, this enormous physique and he wheels around and he says, "If you guys don'’t step back right now I'’m gonna snap."
Barnicle: I love them so much that every year, for 25, 30 years, I would write in the paper, in "The Globe" each spring, "This is the year", no matter how poorly they appeared to be as a team in spring training.
And it was, it was the hope of a child because that'’s part of the gift of baseball.
It'’s a child'’s hope.
And I always had that hope.
But also the reality that, you know, well, probably not gonna happen in my lifetime.
Woman: The tension is so great for me that I'’m embarrassed to admit that when the other team is up in a close game I cannot even watch the game.
I run out of the house sometimes.
And I know that'’s crazy.
you have this sense that as long as you don'’t watch something bad is not gonna happen.
and then you just pray that by the time you come back your worst fears will not be realized and you'’ll suddenly see them up at bat again.
I mean it makes no sense at all but there is this strange dynamic that the fans feel that their actions have something to do with what the players are gonna do on the field.
Narrator: In 2002, hedge fund owner John Henry and television producer Tom Werner bought the Boston Red Sox for $700 million.
Neither of them was from New England and locals were skeptical about their motives.
But rather than tear down Fenway Park, the team'’s home for 90 years, Henry and Werner decided instead to renovate the cherished ballpark.
And, most important, they promised to bring a world championship to Boston.
They had their work cut out for them.
The Red Sox had not won the World Series since 1918, and always seemed to find new ways to break their fans'’ hearts.
Martinez: I would say the Boston fans are the most loyal fans I'’ve ever seen.
I got very familiar with some of the comments that they made: "Is gonna be the year?
Is this gonna be the year?"
"This is the year".
It was a comment that we will hear almost every season.
Narrator: In 2003, the Red Sox made it to the postseason as the wild card.
They were led by their hugely popular shortstop, Nomar Garciaparra, their designated hitter, David Ortiz, and Manny Ramirez, one of the greatest right-handed hitters in the game.
The pitching staff included the nearly invincible Pedro Martinez, sinker-baller Derek Lowe, and Tim Wakefield, who had mastered the knuckleball after failing to make it as a first baseman.
In the American League Championship Series, they would face their dreaded rivals, the New York Yankees, whom Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino had christened "The Evil Empire."
Verducci: People have said it'’s been the greatest rivalry in sports, but I don'’t know how much of a rivalry it can be when it'’s been very one sided.
You know, to be a great rivalry the other team has to win some of the time and knock people off their perch.
The Yankees to the complete infuriation of Red Sox fans seem to come out ahead every single year.
Narrator: The two teams were almost perfectly matched; the Yankees won 2 out of the first 3 games, but Boston battled back to tie the series at 3 games apiece.
Everything came down to Game 7 at Yankee Stadium, enemy territory for Red Sox fans.
It was the 26th time they had met.
No two teams anywhere, in any sport, had ever played each other more in a single season.
Bryant: And I remember talking to Willie Randolph who back then was the third base coach.
And I'’d said to him, "So what do you think?"
And he said, "Listen, every single time we'’ve had to beat them "we'’ve beaten them.
Tonight'’s not gonna be any different."
Narrator: Roger Clemens, Boston'’s one time ace, pitched for New York; Pedro Martinez took the mound for the Red Sox.
Announcer: Nixon into right centerfield.
Did he get enough?
Yes, he did.
The Red Sox strike first.
To the left side for Enrique Wilson.
His throw sails into the seats.
And that'’ll make it 3-0.
Millar hits one to left field.
That ball back into the corner, up and out.
Home run Millar.
And the Red Sox and their fans have to be thinking, "Finally!"
Announcer: We have not seen the Yankees hit anything crisp so far here tonight against Pedro Martinez.
Narrator: Martinez was masterful through 7 innings, and going into the bottom of the eighth, the Red Sox had a 5 to 2 lead.
But all season long, Martinez had struggled after he had thrown more than 100 pitches.
Goodwin: When Pedro came back out in the 8th inning, we all started screaming, "No, no, you can'’t be doing it!"
I mean, fans think they know more than the managers and often we don'’t.
But at that point, everybody knew the pitch counts that Pedro would suddenly fall off the cliff if he were over that pitch count.
He was way over that pitch count.
And so there was this huge sense of dread the minute he came to that mound.
Announcer: And with one out here in the bottom of the 8th inning, he works to Derek Jeter, with the Red Sox 5 defensive outs away from heading to the World Series.
Jeter flies into right, Nixon back, on the run, it'’s over his head.
Jeter will dig for second and hold there with a double.
The 2-2, into centerfield.
Damon will play it on a hop, Jeter will come to the plate.
It'’s a 2-run game.
Narrator: Manager Grady Little went out to the mound.
The Red Sox bullpen had been all but unhittable that year and Martinez had already thrown 115 pitches.
Little left Martinez in the game.
Announcer: He gave Martinez the chance to say "yea or nay" and he said, "yes."
Ripped into the right field corner, fair.
Bernie Williams will dig.
It'’s a ground rule double.
It'’s 2nd and 3rd with one out here in the 8th.
[Cheering] Announcer: Boy, is it strange that Little is not going to his bullpen?
I mean that is absolutely weird.
His bullpen... Martinez: I was just trying to do it.
And that'’s what a lot of people don'’t understand.
Well, why didn'’t Pedro give away the ball?
Well, they didn'’t ask me to give away the ball.
They asked me if I could face the guys.
I said yes, of course I can.
I'’m in the middle of the game.
And I'’m here to do this.
Announcer: A base hit ties the game, 2nd and 3rd, 1 out.
Swung on and looped to shallow centerfield.
It is a base hit!
One run scores Bernie!
Here'’s Matsui, he scores!
Posada goes to second with a double.
It is a true run double by Posada and the Yankees have come all the way back to tie the game at 5 in one of the greatest comebacks you'’ll ever see!
Narrator: The game went into extra innings.
The Red Sox turned to knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.
Olbermann: The odds were favoring a hitter in a slump, because a hitter in a slump is already-- his timing is already off.
A knuckle ball pitcher throws your timing off.
Put a guy with bad timing and add more bad timing to him suddenly he has good timing.
It'’s a zero sum game in terms of timing.
So you'’re thinking who on earth is gonna get the base hit for the Yankees?
Who can do anything against Tim Wakefield?
Narrator: In the bottom of the 11th, 3rd baseman Aaron Boone, whose grandfather, father, and brother had all played in the major leagues, came to the plate.
In 31 postseason at-bats, Boone had managed just 5 hits.
Announcer: Now we are tied at 5 as we go to the bottom of the 11th.
Here'’s Aaron Boone to lead off.
Announcer: His first at-bat of the game.
There'’s a fly ball, deep to left, it'’s on its way!
There it goes, and the Yankees are going to the World Series!
Barnicle: My son Timmy was then 11, and I always used to say, when the baseball season was over, it'’s time to put the storm windows on.
So it became time to put the storm windows on in a split-second after an incredible game.
And the crowd was going berserk in Yankee Stadium, and my son Colin, who was then 20, tapped me on the shoulder and said, "Dad, you better take care of Tim."
And I looked down at this 11-year-old child, one of the loves of my life, and he had tears the size of hubcaps streaming down his cheek.
And I started crying and I hugged him, and, you know, in my heart of hearts I was thinking, "What have I done?
What have I done?"
Harry Caray: All right!
Let me hear you!
Good and loud!
♪ Take me out to the ball game ♪ ♪ Take me out to the... ♪ Will: I became a Cub fan at age 7 in 1948.
That year, Mr. Wrigley, who owned the Cubs, took out ads in the Chicago papers apologizing for the team.
It was not an auspicious beginning.
Uh, the day I was born they lost, by the way.
I'’ve looked it up.
♪ If they don'’t win it'’s a shame ♪ ♪ For it'’s 1, 2, 3 strikes you'’re out ♪ ♪ At the old ball game Hey!
♪ Narrator: Like the Boston Red Sox, the Chicago Cubs played in one of oldest and most beloved ballparks in America.
But they hadn'’t appeared in the World Series since 1945, and hadn'’t won since 1908.
Their loyal fans still showed up at Wrigley Field each spring no matter how poorly their team played.
But in 2003, the Cubs finally put together a contender.
They made it all the way to the National League Championship Series, where they faced the Florida Marlins, an expansion team that had already won the World Series in 1997, only their 5th year of existence.
The Cubs won 3 out of the first 5 games and returned to Chicago for game 6, needing just one more win to get to the World Series.
In the top of the 8th, they were leading 3-0, with 1 out and a Marlins runner on 2nd.
Announcer: And the Marlins beginning to run out of outs against Mark Pryor.
Again in the air down the leftfield line, Alou reaching into the stands, and couldn'’t get it and he'’s livid with a fan.
Announcer: We'’ve seen this happen here before.
That'’s awfully close to fan interference right there.
Narrator: The offender was a lifelong Cubs fan named Steve Bartman.
Announcer: If Alou has to reach into the stands, it'’s fair game for the fans to catch the ball.
That is very, very close.
Narrator: Florida would score 8 runs before the inning was over.
The Cubs never recovered.
The Marlins won game 7 and headed to the World Series, where they beat the New York Yankees.
"There are few words to describe how awful I feel," said Steve Bartman.
"I am so truly sorry from the bottom of this Cub fan'’s broken heart."
"I'’m angry at the guy," said Illinois'’ governor Rod Blagojevich.
Florida'’s governor, Jeb Bush, offered the beleaguered fan asylum.
That winter, the "Bartman Ball" was auctioned off for $106,000, and then blown up as thousands of approving fans looked on.
[Cheering] Verducci: There is gonna come a day when the Cubs win a World Series.
It has to happen.
They'’ve had a bad century.
It'’s time to rally.
Alex Rodriguez joins Andre Dawson as the only players to ever win the MVP award while playing for a last-place team.
And an hour after winning, A-Rod confirmed the Rangers have talked to him about trading him.
Bryant: It was almost like a black hole where everything got sucked into these two franchises.
And the players around the league bought into it.
When Alex Rodriguez was going to get bought out of his contract, he only wanted to go to Boston or New York.
And so when that happens.
the Red Sox and Yankees were playing in a separate league.
And there was a lot of resentment around the league because no one else could compete with this aura that these two superpower teams had created.
It was the stage in baseball.
It was the place where everybody wanted to be.
Narrator: After their devastating loss to New York in 2003, the Red Sox tried again to beat free-spending Yankee owner George Steinbrenner at his own game.
They sent general manager Theo Epstein to Arizona for Thanksgiving dinner with Diamondbacks'’ ace pitcher Curt Schilling, who had helped defeat the Yankees back in 2001.
Schilling quickly agreed to be traded to the Red Sox, and with characteristic bravado vowed to lead the team to a World Championship.
But in February of 2004, after several failed attempts by Boston to sign him, George Steinbrenner brought one of the game'’s biggest stars, shortstop Alex Rodriguez, to baseball'’s biggest stage.
Rodriguez was the highest paid player in the history of the game, having agreed to a 10-year, quarter-of-a- billion-dollar contract with the Texas Rangers back in 2001.
To get that contract, Rodriguez'’s agent, Scott Boras liked to quote one reporter'’s assertion that Rodriguez would one day "save baseball."
In Texas, he had more than proven his worth, batting above .300, averaging more than 50 home runs, and winning an MVP.
Despite his achievements, the Rangers had finished dead last in the American League West 3 years in a row, and Rodriguez was eager to jump to a winning team.
Now he was with the Yankees.
When the 2004 season began, Boston and New York picked up right where they had left off.
Announcer: Alex Rodriguez is drilled, and he says something to Bronson Arroyo.
And we know what he said.
Here we go.
Varitek and A-Rod going at it.
Schilling is right in the middle of it.
Now another fight off to the side.
Narrator: The Red Sox, now managed by Terry Francona, played as if their humiliating loss of 2003 had never happened.
They were scrappy, wore their hair long, and goofed around in the dugout.
Announcer: What is this?
Announcer: I don'’t know.
That is unbelievable is what it is.
Narrator: "What you see is what you get," said first baseman and team ringleader Kevin Millar.
The heart of the team was Boston'’s designated hitter, David Ortiz, known to everyone in Red Sox Nation as Big Papi.
Bryant: Here was a Red Sox player who really did instill fear in the heart of the Yankees.
Here'’s a guy, he went out and when he was up you were afraid if you were a Yankee fan.
If you were a Yankee you were afraid of what this guy was gonna do because he was doing things that most Red Sox players had never done before.
He represented the sea change that, "Look we don'’t fear you.
We know we'’re better than you, and we'’re going to beat you."
Announcer: That one'’s not coming back any time soon.
Narrator: Led by the dominant pitching of Curt Schilling, Boston again faced the Yankees in the American League Championship Series.
Announcer: Solid strikeout by Curt Schilling.
Narrator: But in game 1, Schilling, hobbled by an injury to his ankle, lasted only 3 innings, the shortest postseason outing of his career.
No one knew whether he would be able to pitch again in the series.
New York took game 2, as well, 3-1.
Game 3 in Boston was a blowout.
Yankee hitters hammered one Red Sox pitcher after another.
The final score was 19 to 8.
The New York Yankees were just one win away from going to the World Series for the 7th time in 9 years.
No team in baseball history had ever come from 3 games behind to win a best-of-7 series.
Barnicle: I was so angry at the 0 and 3 start to the playoffs against the Yankees.
I was humiliated.
I was embarrassed.
I was thanking God for Caller ID, all the calls from area code 212 on the cell phone.
You'’d push ignore '’cause you knew what it was gonna be, just another winter of verbal abuse.
But you know what?
You cannot count the Sox out.
Narrator: But the irrepressible Kevin Millar was not about to let his teammates give up.
Millar: Don'’t let us win this game tonight.
Then they get Peedy, then they get Schill in game 6, and game 7 anything happens.
Narrator: Derek Lowe pitched for Boston in game 4.
Orlando Hernandez was on the mound for New York.
It was a back and forth game.
Announcer: A-Rod goes into left centerfield, back at the wall.
Alex Rodriguez has hit one over the Monster to make it 2-0 New York.
Ortiz, into right center, and the Red Sox have taken the lead in game 4.
Timlin'’s thrown quite a few pitches in the dirt.
He grounds to the right side.
Bellhorn knocks it down, can'’t make a play, and the Yankees lead again.
It'’s a 2-run, 6th inning, and a 4-3 Yankee lead.
Narrator: Once again, Joe Torre brought in Mariano Rivera to finish off the Red Sox.
Announcer: Mariano Rivera in the post-season, 6 for 6 in save chances.
Narrator: With Boston down by 1 run in the bottom of the 9th, Rivera faced Kevin Millar.
Announcer: Walk, and there'’s life for the Red Sox.
A pinch runner, Dave Roberts, is gonna come in for Boston.
He can run.
Picked up from the Dodgers.
Announcer: Good lead for Roberts.
Narrator: The great base stealer Maury Wills had once told Dave Roberts the day would come when he'’d have to steal a base with everyone in the ballpark expecting it.
"When I got out there," Roberts said, "I knew what Maury was talking about."
Announcer: ...are just average.
Announcer: And holding baserunners.
Announcer: Rivera to the set.
The pitch taken outside, here'’s the throw, Roberts dives!
And he is safe!
Stolen base, Dave Roberts, tying run at second base.
He went in with a hand tag.
Jeter took the throw, it was close.
Verducci: Dave Roberts, knew that moment was coming.
Had studied Mariano Rivera and knew every single one of his moves to home plate.
And you have to love the fact that he took off on that first pitch.
You know, the Red Sox down to their last breath--we'’re gonna go down fighting and being aggressive.
And that'’s gonna be the stolen base that'’s gonna be remembered in Boston forever.
Announcer: Up the middle.
Roberts will come to the plate.
The throw by Williams.
Bill Mueller has tied it.
Narrator: The game was tied, and it stayed that way into extra innings.
Manny Ramirez led off the bottom of the 12th.
Announcer: The 2-1.
Ramirez will start it with a hit.
And the Red Sox put their leadoff man on.
Now it'’s David Ortiz.
Announcer: Ortiz, so many times the hero for the Red Sox.
The 2-1 pitch.
Swing and a drive, deep to right, way back, and this ball is gone.
Jump on his back, fellas.
Narrator: It was 1:23 A.M.
The Red Sox were still alive.
Announcer: ...a home run that went in the crowd, and the Red Sox live to play again.
Goodwin: It was one of the most exciting moments in my whole history of the game.
And you then began to feel, even so, I mean, all you are now is 3 to 1.
But still there was hope because of that happening.
If it could happen in the last part of that inning, then maybe it could happen again.
Announcer: With a tying run at 3rd, the go-ahead run at 1st.
Narrator: In game 5, the Red Sox again came from behind to force extra innings.
Announcer: That should tie it.
Roberts will tag and go.
The throw into 2nd and it'’s a 4-4 game.
Narrator: With 2 outs in the bottom of the 14th, and men on first and second, David Ortiz came to the plate.
Announcer: Ortiz bounced it off centerfield.
Narrator: 5 hours, 49 minutes, and 14 pitchers into game 5, Ortiz had done it again.
It was his second walk-off hit in less than 24 hours.
But Boston still had to win the next 2 games at Yankee Stadium.
After the Red Sox won game 5, Boston'’s team doctor sutured the skin around Curt Schilling'’s ailing tendon to hold it in place, a procedure that he had tried only once before... on a cadaver.
Announcer: Like a scene from "The Natural," Schilling climbs the mound and prepares to take on this Yankee line-up.
A 2-2 now.
Sierra strikes out, and that'’s the first strikeout of the night for Curt Schilling.
Goodwin: When Schilling came out in game 6, we already knew that there was trouble with his ankle.
One wasn'’t sure at all that he'’d be able to pull this off.
Narrator: Despite the pain, Schilling managed to quiet Yankee bats.
With 2 outs in the 4th, Kevin Millar started a rally for Boston.
Announcer: With 2 out, Millar hits it down the left field line, into the corner.
Matsui gives it a look.
That'’s a fair ball and Millar digging for second.
The throw, too late.
Varitek has put Boston on top.
That'’s down the left field line.
Matsui on the run.
And it'’s a homerun, 4-0 Boston.
Narrator: Schilling lasted 7 innings and gave up just 1 run.
The bullpen took over.
Announcer: Let it go.
Red Sox force game 7.
A tremendous pitching performance by Schilling, Arroyo, and Keith Foulke, who does it again.
Barnicle: It'’s now tied 3 to 3.
Two of my boys are in Washington.
Timmy is here with us.
I call them up and I say, "We'’re goin'’ back."
We went back for game 7.
Narrator: For the second year in a row, the American League pennant would be decided in a 7th game between Boston and New York.
More than 31 million people were watching on television.
Announcer: And here'’s Ortiz.
He rips one into right field.
Narrator: Boston came out swinging.
Announcer: Damon hits it in the air to right field.
Sheffield back in the corner.
A grand slam!
There'’s another one into right field.
Johnny Damon is going off.
Bellhorn hits it into right.
It'’s fair, it'’s gone.
It is gone.
Home run Bellhorn.
Barnicle: And throughout the park you could see people who had been huddled with winter jackets and sweatshirts against the autumn chill remove them, and they had Red Sox shirts underneath.
And Tim stood on the chair in Yankee Stadium and a friend of ours was with us, and he turned to me and said, "I'’ve never seen a kid with as happy a look on his face as Timmy Barnicle had."
Announcer: This would be the 5th pennant for the Red Sox since that 1918 season.
Here it is.
Ground ball to second.
The Boston Red Sox have won the pennant!
[Cheering] Narrator: It was the greatest comeback in baseball history.
Goodwin: This was the victory we'’d all been waiting for, even though there was still the World Series to go.
Narrator: The Red Sox would now have to face the formidable St. Louis Cardinals who had twice before broken Boston hearts in the 1946 and 1967 World Series.
Goodwin: For the first time in my baseball life I watched every play of every inning.
I don'’t think there was a single time when I ran away, closed my eyes, went out of the room.
I began to no longer think we were gonna lose.
I felt brave.
The team, I think, had transformed the fans.
It was almost as if they believed in themselves so much, and if they could get us through that Yankee series on the brink of disaster at every moment and come back at the last minute, who were we not to believe in them?
Announcer: The Red Sox are 1 out away from winning it all.
Narrator: Boston swept St. Louis.
The Cardinals never led in any of the games.
Announcer: Ground ball back to the mound.
Foulke with it!
Got '’em at first base and the Boston Red Sox can finally say it!
For the first time in 86 years, for the first time since 1918, they are champions of the world.
For the Red Sox "next year" is finally here.
[Crowd chanting "Thank you, Red Sox!"]
Martinez: If you ask me about my World Series ring with Boston, I will not trade that one for 3 anywhere because it meant so much.
I think grown ups, small ones, little boys, little girls, old people, everybody cried in Boston I think when we got that World Series.
Verducci: I think about all the people who lived their entire lives without seeing that moment.
it wasn'’t just about 2004.
It was about people'’s fathers and grandfathers and mothers and grandmothers and all these people who had waited all these years.
They were all connected.
And I'’ve never seen a championship in any sport that meant more to people in a region than I saw with the Red Sox in 2004.
["Glory Days" playing] ♪ Yeah ♪ ♪ Whoa!
♪ ♪ I had a friend was a big baseball player ♪ ♪ back in high school... ♪ Narrator: It had been 31,458 days since Boston'’s last title.
From Bangor, Maine to New Haven, Connecticut, from Burlington, Vermont and Charlestown, New Hampshire, to Providence, Rhode Island, millions rejoiced.
The next morning, in corner stores and offices, barber shops and on factory floors across New England, fans were greeted by newspapers announcing Boston'’s victory.
Vendors who normally sold 1,200 papers in a day sold 8,000.
At the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, miniature Red Sox flags appeared beside headstones as fans shared the happy news with relatives who had spent a lifetime hoping for a championship.
The joy of it really didn'’t seep into me, I think, until they came back home.
And the explosion of emotion couldn'’t be contained.
Narrator: On October 30th, 3 million people, 5 times the population of the city of Boston, turned out for a victory parade through the streets of the old town.
Barnicle: One of our most enduring memories, my brother and I, was my mother sitting on the stoop of her house in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, in the shade of a single tree on a busy street with her nylon stockings rolled down to her ankles in order to, get some cool breeze, and the radio on the front porch and she would keep score on a piece of paper.
Not the score book, on a piece of paper.
And when the Red Sox won the World Series, my brother took a scorecard out to the cemetery from game 4 in St. Louis and put it on the grave.
[Taps gavel] John McCain: We are here today because this sport is about to become a fraud in the minds of the American people.
You have a serious public relations problem here.
Mr.Fehr and Commissioner Selig, all I can say to you is, this issue has reached the level where the President of the United States discusses it at a State of the Union message to the American people.
Your failure to commit to addressing this issue straight on and immediately will motivate this Committee to search for legislative remedies.
I don't know what they are, but I can tell you and your players that you represent, the status quo is not acceptable.
Captioning made possible by Friends of NCI Verducci: If you look at the history of the game, it takes an outside influence to really get baseball to ask the tough questions-- you know, going back to the gambling problem in the early 20th century, going back to cocaine in the 1980s, going back to Pete Rose's gambling problem, and now with steroids.
In every case, it took an outside agent like the Federal Government or Congress or a court case, a legal case, to really get baseball to move.
Narrator: In the fall of 2004, when fans wanted nothing more than to revel in one of baseball's greatest post seasons, the game's steroid problems hit the front pages and airwaves once again.
Man: Now this: a report in the "San Francisco Chronicle" that Bonds admitted before the grand jury investigating the BALCO steroids case, that he did take substances now identified as steroids.
Narrator: An ongoing federal investigation of BALCO, a laboratory in Northern California that sold nutritional supplements to athletes, had implicated some of the biggest names in sports.
BALCO was run by a former funk musician named Victor Conte.
He had joined forces with Patrick Arnold, an avid body builder and brilliant chemist who had already introduced Andro, an over-the-counter steroid, to the American market.
Arnold had also done something that made the blood of every anti-doping expert run cold.
He had created an untraceable steroid called "the Clear."
When taken with a meticulously orchestrated combination of other drugs, it enabled BALCO's clients, some of the greatest athletes in the world, to become greater still: Olympic medalist Marion Jones, NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski, as well as baseball sluggers Jason Giambi, Gary Sheffield, and Barry Bonds.
Reporter: How much testing do you welcome in baseball?
Bonds: They can test me every day if they choose to.
You know, like I tell everybody-- you want to be on top, you have to have broad shoulders to be on top, let me tell you that right now, because as fast as you get there is as fast they try to knock you down.
And so I have broad shoulders.
I can deal with it.
Narrator: In San Francisco, many fans were reluctant to believe that their favorite player had taken performance- enhancing drugs, but some critics pointed out that his head had gotten bigger, and his shoe size had increased from 10 1/2 to 13.
Man: Bonds, according to his lawyer, was told by his trainer that "The Cream" rubbed on his skin was rubbing balm for arthritis, and that "The Clear," taken orally, was flaxseed oil.
Narrator: Bonds testified that he had taken steroids inadvertently, and later complained that he was being unfairly singled out.
Will: Bonds has been certainly singled out, but that's what happens when the results of your cheating are so lurid.
It attracts attention if you hit 73 home runs.
What do you expect?
I mean, if some middle infielder tries to buy another year scuffling in the big leagues with performance- enhancing drugs, it doesn't get as much attention.
This is not complicated.
Narrator: Then, in February of 2005, Jose Canseco published a tell-all autobiography.
In it he extolled the benefits of anabolic steroids, detailed his own extensive use of them, and named many other stars-- hitters and pitchers-- who he said had also been "on the juice" Wilson Alvarez, Ivan Rodriguez, Bret Boone, Juan Gonzalez, Rafael Palmeiro, Mark McGwire.
Now people listened.
[Gavel bangs] Man: Let me start by telling you this: I have never used steroids, period.
Man: Do you think that the team trainers, the managers, the general managers, and even the owners might have been aware that some players were using steroids?
No doubt in my mind, absolutely.
So it's not a secret that... Costas: Many people sneered, "Doesn't Congress have something better to do?"
Well, sometimes they may poke their nose into sports where they don't belong, but in this case it actually led to a good outcome.
Even if there was some grandstanding involved, it was very clear that Don Fehr and Bud Selig felt the whip from Congress, and they had to respond.
Man: It is rather an infamous occurrence that in the year you were breaking the home run record, a bottle of Andro was seen in your locker.
Well, Sir, I'm not here to talk about the past.
I'm here to talk about the positive and not the negative about this issue.
Man: As far as this being about the past, that's what we do.
This is an oversight committee.
If the Enron people come in here and say, "Well, we don't want to talk about the past," do you think Congress is going to let them get away with that?
I have accepted, by my attorney's advice, not to comment on this issue.
Hoenig: And you could just see him deflate like a giant balloon in a Thanksgiving Day parade with a pin stuck through it.
And that's very sad and also unfair to some degree.
'Cause Mark McGwire never had the kind of ego that could say, "Let's see you try and do this on steroids."
Bonds had that ego but he didn't have that ego.
And so he couldn't come back and say, "You can't take this away from me."
It looked as if he was shattered as a consequence.
Bryant: Without the Federal Government, you still have people like Mark McGwire telling you there's nothing in a bottle that can help you hit a home run or Barry Bonds just telling you to get out of his face because he's bigger than you.
It was about time that somebody bigger than them held them accountable.
Man: Mr.Sosa, what obligation do you think you have if you are aware that someone is using drugs on your team.
I'm a private person.
I don't really go, you know, ask people whatever it is.
Narrator: In the fall of 2005, Major League Baseball and the Players Association finally took decisive action.
The anti-dopining program they put in place for the 2006 season would be the toughest in professional sports.
Players who failed a drug test once would be suspended for 50 games.
The second time, 100 games.
And the third time, they would be banned for life.
Will: It's now time for realism, and the realism is this: the stakes of athletic excellence, the financial stakes are now so high, and the incentives for cutting corners therefore so great, that we are in an endless competition between the chemists trying to devise non-detectable performance- enhancing drugs, and the enforcers trying to devise detection.
And it will probably never end.
Narrator: The baseball world may have hoped the stigma of steroids would go away, but the most dominant player implicated in the scandal was making that an impossibility.
Announcer: The pitch.
Bonds hits one high, hits it deep to center.
Bonds passes Babe Ruth.
He is second on the all-time home run list.
So he does it where he wanted to do it, at home in front of his friends.
Hoenig: He's larger than life and had to fall for that reason.
He was reaching like Icarus, he's reaching for something he can't reach for and he had to fall for that reason.
He was good enough without that.
Everybody says it.
I'm not even sure what he wanted was public adulation, although behind all that is an insecurity that is really sad.
He comes into the world not trusting anybody.
And then desperately wants to change that and then gets angry when he can't trust you.
Bonds: The problem with me, like my dad told me before he passed away, he said, "The biggest problem with you, Barry, "is every great athlete that has gone on for great records, everyone knows their story."
And I'm sorry.
I was raised to protect my family, keep my mouth shut, and stay quiet.
But it doesn't make me a bad person.
It doesn't make me an evil person.
I'm an adult and I take responsibilities for what I do, but you know what, I'm not going to allow you guys to ruin my joy.
["Fame" playing] Narrator: Barry Bonds began the 2007 season just 21 home runs shy of Henry Aaron's career mark of 755.
He was 42 years old.
David Bowie: ♪ Fame makes a man... ♪ Narrator: As he approached the record, fans, writers, and Major League Baseball struggled with how to honor the man who was about to become the game's new home run king.
Early: And it was sort of like Bonds--oh, my goodness, we never liked you and we never wanted you to break the record.
And the steroids just added insult to injury, I think, with all that.
Narrator: Some suggested Bonds should retire rather than presume to play long enough to break Aaron's record.
Miller: And as he approached Aaron's record, every game was sold out not just in San Francisco, but Chicago, in L.A., every city the Giants went into, couldn't get a ticket for those games.
So those fans I don't think were hoping he was gonna retire before he got to their city 'cause they'd already bought the tickets to see him play and I think they were hoping to see him hit one.
Narrator: Henry Aaron, who in 1974 had received racist hate mail and death threats as he approached Babe Ruth's home run record, grew tired of answering awkward questions about Bonds and decided to be elsewhere when his record was broken.
Bud Selig, a close friend of Aaron's, said he wasn't sure he would be there either.
Costas: Thee whole thing was a joyless march toward the inevitable.
Baseball powerless, Selig with his hands in his pockets watching obviously in some pain, not just because of what had happened to the game but what had happened to his lifelong friend Henry Aaron and Aaron's mark.
Narrator: Bonds got threats and hate mail, too.
Fans in opposing ballparks taunted him, booed when he was announced as the hitter, then booed louder when their own pitchers walked him.
Bonds: Boo me, cheer me-- those that are going to cheer me are going to cheer me, and those that are going to boo me are going to boo me.
But they still come see the show.
And I'm happy.
L.A., Dodger Stadium is the best show I ever go to and watch baseball.
They say, "Barry sucks" louder than anybody out there.
And you know what, you'll see me in left field going just like this, because you know what, you've got to have some serious talent to have 53,000 people saying "you suck."
[People chuckling] And I'm proud of that.
Narrator: On August 4, 2007, Bonds faced Clay Hensley, who had once been suspended for 15 games after testing positive for steroids.
Announcer: There it is.
Barry Bonds has done it.
He has tied Henry Aaron.
His 755th career home run.
Narrator: On August 7th, a sellout crowd crammed into AT&T Park in San Francisco to see the Giants play the Washington Nationals.
In the bottom of the 5th, with one out and nobody on, Bonds faced lefthander Mike Bacsik.
Announcer: ...and Bacsik deals.
And Bonds hits one high, hits it deep.
It is outta here!
Bonds stands alone.
He is on top of the all-time home run list.
What a special moment for Barry Bonds and what a special moment for these fans here in San Francisco.
There it is.
[Fireworks exploding] Hank Aaron: I would like to offer my congratulations to Barry Bonds on becoming baseball's career home run leader.
It is a great accomplishment, which required skill, longevity, and determination.
I'll move over now and offer my best wishes to Barry and his family on this historical achievement.
Bryant: When Hank Aaron's record went down, I felt nothing.
I can't tell you where I was.
I didn't wake up my son to let him watch the moment.
I didn't care.
And I think that a lot of people felt the exact same way I did because of all that had been lost.
This was not supposed to be this way.
If you care about the sport, no matter how you felt about the man, when you achieve the all-time home run record, this is supposed to be a moment of celebration.
This is supposed to be a moment where everybody drops their swords and they recognize the history that they've witnessed.
And none of that happened.
And to me that told you more than anything else about what's been lost in this sport.
Man: Some people have suggested that this record is-- the word, you've heard that word "tainted".
Do you feel at all it's tainted, and what would you say-- This record is not tainted at all, at all, period.
Verducci: I'm not a big believer in putting an asterisk next to records.
You start pulling on this one thread, say it's Barry Bonds, and it leads to another thread.
The pitchers he hit against; the players who were in the field; the players who were competing against him.
Who was clean?
Who was dirty?
You're not gonna be ever able to answer those questions.
But I think in some ways the asterisk is already there.
Man: There are no asterisks.
There's no asterisk next to the name of the Cincinnati Reds who won the 1919 World Series that was thrown.
It doesn't say they didn't deserve to win, you know, asterisk, they should have lost.
The asterisk is whatever exists in the minds of the fan.
Narrator: "No asterisk," Henry Aaron said.
"Let's just congratulate Barry and give him his due."
Many baseball fans disagreed.
Although other players had used performance-enhancing drugs, Bonds had become the symbol of the "Steroids Era."
Barry Bonds finished 2007 with 762 career home runs.
Although he remained one of the toughest outs in the game, San Francisco decided not to offer him a contract for 2008.
Other teams stayed away, too.
He never played again.
Mitchell: For more than a decade there has been widespread illegal use of anabolic steroids by players in Major League Baseball.
This has not been an isolated problem involving just a few players or a few clubs.
Narrator: In December 2007, a commission set up by Major League Baseball and led by former senator George Mitchell to investigate the steroids scandal, released its report.
It was a damning indictment.
Players on every team illegally took drugs to enhance their performances, and club owners, general managers and managers routinely considered players' possible steroid use when discussing their injuries or strategizing about trades and contracts.
Costas: I thought the Mitchell Report was good insofar as it provided an official declaration that there was a steroid era, that it was long-lasting and pervasive, that it wasn't isolated, and that it affected contemporary competition and distorted the game's history.
So far so good.
But beyond that, there's a randomness to it, which is not to say that any of the individual accusations are inaccurate, but it's so selective and random.
Off the top of my head I could name 100 guys who likely could have wound up in the Mitchell Report, and just by luck escaped.
Narrator: Although 89 players were named, the most sensational section of the report was devoted to allegations of extensive doping by the most successful pitcher of the previous 15 years, Roger Clemens-- winner of 354 games and 7 Cy Young awards.
Early: So now with Roger Clemens they got a white player with comparable accomplishments in the game to Bonds.
it gives baseball an out.
First, you have a position player and now you have a pitcher.
You have a black and you have a white and both of them are big stars who normally would make the Hall of Fame and now it's kind of clouded and you don't know whether they'll make it or not.
Narrator: In the coming months and years, other players, including some of the greatest stars in the game, would also be exposed: Alex Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, and Manny Ramirez.
Mark McGwire, saying it was now time to "talk about the past," admitted what many had long suspected, that he had used steroids for most of his career, including 1998, the year he was so celebrated for breaking the single-season home run record.
Roger Clemens vehemently denied doing anything wrong.
Barry Bonds, under indictment for perjury in the BALCO investigation, said nothing.
Torre: Yeah, it's a bad thing.
Baseball had a black eye but I'm not sure that everybody should have been named.
It's a sad time but it's something we have to deal with, we have to get through it and, you know, hopefully there's sun shining on the other side of this thing because this game is too beautiful to, you know, have a lasting scar on it.
Selig: When you look at the Mitchell Report, and you look at the minor league program, and you look at the major league program, and you look at the people who've been suspended, doesn't matter who they are, we're gonna clean this sport up.
I'm the commissioner.
I'll take full responsibility to everything that's gone on in my tenure.
I'll take credit for all the great things and I'll take responsibility for these things.
And I think that's fair.
Boswell: The moralist wants to decide what's right and wrong.
The artist wants to see things exactly as they are, even if there are so many shades that right and wrong isn't a place that you get to.
John Keats wrote in a letter-- and he was talking about William Shakespeare-- he said that the feature that distinguished Shakespeare the most and made him the greatest of all writers was what Keats called negative capability, which he described as the ability to remain in tension, undecided between opposing poles.
And he said that Shakespeare had that negative capability--the ability to see everything and not jump to one side of the question to a greater degree than any other artist.
Now we live in a sports age and a baseball age where nothing's more valuable than negative capability, because if we're just in a rush, if we can't wait to see Roger Clemens or Barry Bonds or whoever it is as right or wrong, then we're missing the complexity of these people and the difficulty of the age that they're living in.
Announcer: A groundball up the middle.
Jack Wilson flips it to Castilla.
Throw to first base!
How did they do it?
Announcer: Slicing foul.
An amazing catch by Byrnes.
Announcer: Jason Varitek a swing.
A fly ball into centerfield, and Ichiro going back to the running track.
to the wall, reaches back, and he makes the catch!
An amazing running catch by Ichiro!
Right into the wall... Bryant: At the end of the day, I think most people have found a way to make their peace with the sport they love because they don't wanna say good-bye to it.
The fan has decided that the game is more important than the players, that the game is more important than the owners.
The game is more important than steroids.
It's more important than money.
It's more important than all of it.
Announcer: Here's the 1-2 pitch to Palmeiro.
A ground ball, past Jenks, up the middle of the infield.
Uribe has it, he throws.
The White Sox win!
And a World Championship!
The White Sox have won the World... Announcer: Swing and a miss!
The Cardinals are world champions for 2006!
The 10th world championship in their illustrious history.
Announcer: Game over, Series over, and the Red Sox are world champs again!
Announcer: The 0-2 pitch.
Swing and a miss!
Struck him out!
The Philadelphia Phillies are 2008 world champions of baseball!
Narrator: In 2009, in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, baseball gloried in one of the most exciting World Series in years, reminding the country and the world of the joyousness, the unpredictability, and the surpassing beauty of the game.
The Yankees, having bolstered their old guard of homegrown talent with a new crop of lavishly paid free-agents, faced the Philadelphia Phillies, the defending champions.
The MVP of the series was Hideki Matsui, a former outfielder for the Yomiuri Giants, who led New York to their 27th championship.
Announcer: And there's number 27.
The Yankees have won it all again.
Hoenig: It just seems to be eternal.
You know how they say that forest fires are good for forests?
Every year you think there's possibility in the ground.
There's new trees there.
We can be a forest one day.
Announcer: ... dives and makes the catch.
Hoenig: I don't know why that is in that sport.
Maybe it's the number of games, maybe it's the right number of players, more than in basketball, less than in football.
Announcer: What a catch by Tory Hunter!
There's nothing quite like it, and it still takes my breath away after 50 years.
I can't not feel that way.
Boswell: I've looked for the next generation of ball players to be less serious, to be less craftsman-like, to be less committed to be less reckless-- a virtue sometimes-- but they haven't.
It's wonderful how the game revitalizes itself, reshapes itself, shows a different facet of itself and yet essentially doesn't change.
What a wonderful touchstone to return to--always the same, always changing.
Goodwin: When my children have children--we have our first grandchild now, a little girl--I'm gonna teach her how to keep score, and hopefully someday my children and their children will remember going to games with me just as I remembered going to games with my father.
They'll tell stories about me and funny stories the way I do about my father, which means that those lives don't really come to an end, that you really can live on in the memory of others.
And to the extent that baseball is a continuing thread through many of our lives, then the stories that will be told will keep the memory of us alive.
Barnicle: I do love this game.
I love being there.
Other than my home, other than being with my family, it is, I can honestly say, the one place I truly feel at home, at peace, comfortable, is at Fenway Park watching the Red Sox play.
I always have, through losing years, winning years, I just feel it's a piece of my home.
Man on radio: Well, let me ask you, do you think the Red Sox have any appetite to trade some of these young arms?
They've got 3 who are just off the charts and... Man: I mean, the Yankees obviously are a very talented team.
They have some issues, but I do think they will be in it.
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♪ Take me out to the ball game ♪ ♪ Take me out to the crowd ♪ ♪ Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack ♪ ♪ I don't care if I never get back ♪ ♪ 'Cause it's root, root, root for the home team ♪ ♪ And if they don't win, it's a shame ♪ ♪ 'Cause it's 1 ♪ ♪ 2 ♪ ♪ 3 strikes you're out ♪ ♪ At the old ball game ♪