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NEW YORK -- How many years have you been watching baseball? Five? Ten? Too many to count? Regardless of your answer, you'll probably agree with the following statement: You've never seen anything like this.
On the sport's biggest stage, the Yankees have composed two straight sensational endings. For the second night in a row, the home team went down to its final out and came up with a game-tying homer. This time, it was Scott Brosius who did the honors, echoing the achievement of Tino Martinez. New York went on to win in extra innings, seizing a 3-2 lead in the World Series as a result.
"It's pretty amazing," Brosius said. "You can't draw up two better endings than we had, other than maybe trying to score some runs earlier in the game. To have that situation two nights in a row and have that happen is pretty unbelievable."
"It's Groundhog Day," Joe Torre said. "I don't know what's going on. You're sitting there, you have another breath left and Brosius hits the ball out of the ballpark. I mean, you shake your head and all of a sudden the wheels have to start spinning again."
See that? That was the response of a trained professional. If Torre can be amazed by what he just witnessed, then everyday fans shouldn't be ashamed to admit it.
After all, the reaction was universal. Yankee after Yankee expressed the same sentiment -- this was an incredible experience, unlike anything else they'd ever been a part of.
"I don't think you can go through the clubhouse and find anybody that's been through two games like this," said Mike Mussina, who was the pitcher of record before Brosius bailed him out. "I know I'm a lot grayer than I was two days ago."
"(Wednesday) night was what dreams are made of," Mike Stanton said. "You don't even dream about doing it two nights in a row."
"It was amazing. I've never seen anything like it," David Justice said. "You can't get any more exciting. To see guys do it with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, it's pretty incredible."
It certainly is, especially when you consider the fact that the Yankees were completely shut down for eight innings on Thursday night. Miguel Batista worked into the eighth inning, and he only allowed five hits.
Arizona's starter also issued five walks, but the Yankees only advanced four runners as far as second base when he was in the game. When Batista left, he headed to the showers with a 2-0 lead.
Greg Swindell entered the game at that point, and he got one out to escape a jam. When the ninth inning started, Bob Brenly called on Byung-Hyun Kim, the goat from Game 4.
On Wednesday night, Kim allowed both Martinez's game-tying homer and Derek Jeter's game-winning one. Certainly, the same fate couldn't befall him twice -- could it?
"I think we were all feeling the same emotions we were feeling 24 hours ago," Mussina said. "We had just not put much together up until that point and we pitched well enough to win."
That was certainly the case as the ninth inning opened. Jorge Posada led off with a double to left field. Kim got Shane Spencer to ground out, and then he struck out Chuck Knoblauch.
That brought Brosius to the plate, the home team's final hope. He said that he wasn't thinking about a home run.
"That was not going through my head," Brosius said. "Having seen him a couple of times last night, I was really just trying to find something in the zone and hit it hard. I was just fortunate -- it went up in the air."
It did that and then some, flying out and over the left-field fence. As Yankee Stadium absolutely erupted, Brosius touched all the bases and met his teammates at home plate.
There, they engaged in a mini-celebration. The team knew they still had some work to do, but they couldn't help but be caught up in the moment.
"I was cleaning my cleats and all of a sudden I heard that great sound," Paul O'Neill said. "As soon as he hit it, I heard everyone screaming and I looked up and the ball was gone. It's such a relief because you've tied the game, momentum has changed and you know deep down inside that you're going to win the game."
Well, that may have been the general assumption, but they still had to take the field and do it. It took them three more innings, until the bottom of the 12th.
Knoblauch led off that inning with a single, and then Brosius bunted him over to second. Without any further ado, Alfonso Soriano singled, driving in the winning run.
And so, the Yankees capped another amazing game in what is quickly becoming an incredible Series.
"It's happened two nights in a row for us and we still have one game to play, one game to win," Mussina said. "The last two nights have been phenomenal."
"Not much I could add to that," Brosius said.
That's quite alright, Mr. Brosius. You've already added enough drama and intrigue for one evening.
Spencer Fordin is the site manager of Yankees.com.