The Yankees and Red Sox are playing a three-game set at the Stadium this weekend and I thought it would be fun to take a brief look back at a game from four years ago that, of course, ended with the boys in pinstripes triumphantly celebrating a victory in dramatic fashion.
The night was May 17, 2010 and it was your typical New York-Boston game. It was one of those back and forth contests where the Yankees started off the game by scoring five runs off Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Red Sox slowly clawed back into the game against Phil Hughes. The Red Sox eventually took a 9-7 lead in the eighth inning against Chan Ho Park thanks to back-to-back home runs by Victor Martinez and Kevin Youkilis.
With the Yankees still down 9-7 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the stage was set for a comeback.
Boston’s closer Jonathan Papelbon came in to relieve Daniel Bard and finish the game. Brett Gardner hit a double to lead off the inning and moved to third on a flyball by Mark Teixeira. Next, Alex Rodriguez stepped into the box and this happened: