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World Series Game 6: Game balls
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10/25/2003 11:32 PM ET 
World Series Game 6: Game balls
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The Marlins won Game 6, 2-0, for their second World Series title and in the process denied the Yankees their 27th championship. For the final time this postseason, MLB.com hands out game balls -- fish for the Marlins, taxicabs for the Yankees.

Marlins

Five fish: Whale of a performance
Four fish: Starfish
Three fish: Happy as a clam
Two fish: Nice minnow
One fish: Sorry, Charlie


Josh Beckett: Somebody forgot to tell Beckett recent postseason history hasn't favored pitchers starting on three days' rest. Beckett turned in the best start of the Series and made sure his manager didn't have to answer second-guessers about having him go on three days' rest rather than normal rest for a possible Game 7. Beckett pitched a five-hit shutout and became the first pitcher since Minnesota's Jack Morris in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series to throw a complete game. Beckett walked two and struck out nine. Beckett showed no signs of ever faltering and gave Florida an easy 1-2-3 ninth -- something they had been lacking in their victories. Beckett never allowed the Yankees to get a runner past second base.


Jack McKeon: If a team is a reflection of its manager, then the best word to describe the Marlins might be relentless. McKeon took an aggressive approach this Series, and didn't worry about any criticism that might result. McKeon's decisions this Series were successful at a rate that might make King Midas jealous. He decided to use Dontrelle Willis out of the bullpen and got good results, went with Carl Pavano in Game 4 and got eight strong innings and went with Beckett on thtree days' rest with spectacular results.


Alex Gonzalez: It wasn't the prettiest play in this Series, but Gonzalez's tag of home plate in the fifth inning will go down as one of the most memorable. Gonzalez reached base in the fifth with a two-out single and moved up one base on Juan Pierre's single. Luis Castillo singled to right, and Gonzalez was sent home. Right fielder Karim Garcia's throw was to the first-base side of home plate, and Gonzalez somehow managed to avoid the reach-around tag by catcher Jorge Posada and brush home plate with his fingertips.


Luis Castillo: Castillo made sure all of Beckett's work wouldn't go to waste when he drove in the first run of the game and provided the Marlins starter with all the run support he would need. Castillo's RBI single in the fifth gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead. Castillo finished the World Series with a .154 average but had one of their biggest hits. In the eighth inning with the tying run at the plate for New York, Castillo started an inning-ending double play.

Yankees

Five cabs: VIP, police escort
Four cabs: Green lights, little traffic, life is good
Three cabs: Clean backseat, no accidents
Two cabs: Your driver takes "the scenic route"
One cab: Gridlock, 102 degrees in the city, no AC, missing window crank


Andy Pettitte: Pettitte's performance might have been a bit overshadowed by his Marlins counterpart, but he showed why he is a big-game pitcher. Pettitte went seven innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and three walks while striking out seven. Of the six hits Pettitte allowed, only Mike Lowell's double in the second inning was for extra bases.


Yankees fans: The noise was back at Yankee Stadium after a two-game hiatus. Following an exhilarating ALCS win in seven games over the Red Sox, the crowds at Yankee Stadium made some noise in Games 1 and 2, but more on the level of a mid-June game and not the traditional October decibel levels. The crowd was loud in this one right up to the end, even though they never had a chance to react to the Yankees taking the lead.


Derek Jeter: When you're as great of an October player as Jeter is, you're probably due for an occasional off night. Unfortunately, for Jeter and the Yankees, it came in Game 6. Jeter's throwing error in the sixth inning led to an unearned run for the Marlins that doubled their one-run lead. At the plate, Jeter went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and failed to reach base for the first time in this Series. Jeter did make a great defensive play on a grounder hit by Lowell to close out the fourth inning.


The offense: Credit Josh Beckett most with the Yankees' trouble scoring runs, but their inability to get a hit with runners on base or string together some hits loomed huge in a game in which the Marlins offense produced only two runs. The Yankees were 0-for-12 with runners on base and never had consecutive hitters reach base.

Jared Hoffman is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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