Arizona leads 4-3 (as of 11/4)
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|Game 2: Sunday, October 28|
|Game 3: Tuesday, October 30|
|Game 4: Wednesday, October 31|
|Game 5: Thursday, November 1|
|Game 6: Saturday, November 3|
|Game 7: Sunday, November 4|
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7:30 PM ET, November 4, 2001
Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona
PHOENIX (AP) -- Curt Schilling sat frozen in the dugout.
|Game 7 at a glance|
Luis Gonzalez struggled all series long, but came through in the biggest of spots with his bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth. And he did it off Mr. Automatic, Mariano Rivera. Wow!Goat
Rivera hadn't blown a postseason save in 23 consecutive chances dating back to 1997. His botched throw on a bunt by Damian Miller started the disastrous ending. He then let Tony Womack get the fat part of the bat on an inside fastball, which resulted in the game-tying double. And then the unthinkable happened: Gonzalez got the hit and the Yankees lost.Frozen moment
Gonzalez's blooper gives the D-Backs their first-ever World Series title and prevents the Yankees from a four-peat.At-bat of the night
Tony Womack pulls a Mariano Rivera fastball down the right-field line to tie the game.Key move
It finally happened. Joe Torre made a mistake. (And that's debatable.) Torre pulled his infield in on Gonzalez's game-winning hit. If Derek Jeter was playing at least halfway on the play, he most likely would have made the catch for the second out of the inning. In a similar situation in the 11th inning of Game 5, Torre had Jeter and Alfonso Soriano play halfway with one out. Rivera induced Reggie Sanders to hit a soft liner that Soriano was able to catch. Maybe, Torre's luck finally ran out.Key stat
The Diamondbacks became the first team in World Series history to enter the bottom of the ninth inning trailing in a Game 7 and then rally to win before the game went into extra innings.
Randy Johnson, not far away, couldn't believe his eyes.Arizona fans, stunned and silent moments earlier, were on their feet, screaming and hoping for one more twist in an incredible World Series. Boy, did they get one. Luis Gonzalez hit an RBI single to cap a two-run rally off Mariano Rivera in the bottom of the ninth, and the Diamondbacks won their first championship by beating the New York Yankees 3-2 in Game 7 on Sunday night -- one of the greatest comebacks of all time. "I wouldn't move on the bench. I wanted to get up and watch for the whole inning, but I was playing the luck seat," said Schilling, who shared the MVP award with Johnson. "It seemed pretty surreal to me, watching this all develop," Johnson said. The Yankees were only two outs from their fourth straight championship and fifth in six years when it suddenly fell apart. Tony Womack tied it with an RBI double and Craig Counsell was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. Gonzalez, choking up on the bat for the first time this year, blooped a soft single to center field. "When you're a little kid, you think about the seventh game of the World Series," Gonzalez said. "It didn't matter how the hit came." Rivera, who had saved 23 straight postseason games, could do nothing but watch the ball fall in to end the Yankees' run. "That's baseball," Rivera said. "There's nothing I can do about it." The Yankees were trying to become the third team in history to win four titles in a row. The Bronx Bombers did it from 1936-39 and from 1949-53. "We're obviously disappointed in the result, but not the effort," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. When the Yankees were close to winning, some people started setting up the clubhouse for a celebration. Owner George Steinbrenner threw them out. "I'm proud of my team. We played our hearts out. It was a very tough loss. I will be a gracious loser," he said. "We'll be back. Mark that down. We'll be back. "I'm not a good loser," he said. What began as a November duel between Schilling and Roger Clemens climaxed with the Diamondbacks winning the title in just their fourth year of existence. It was the fastest rise in history, breaking the mark of five years set by the 1997 Marlins. That Florida team was the last to win when trailing in the ninth inning of a Game 7, doing it against Cleveland. The Diamondbacks bounced back from two of the toughest losses in Series history. They dropped Games 4 and 5 at Yankee Stadium, blowing two-run leads in the bottom of the ninth both times.
Jay Bell trots home with the winning run on Luis Gonzalez's bloop single.
Yankees outfielder David Justice played in the previous two Game 7s and lost both times, with Atlanta in 1991 and Cleveland in 1997. He singled as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. ... All 50 players on the rosters appeared in at least one Series game. ... The other two all-home victory Series were both won by Minnesota, 1987 and 1991.
|Stadium||Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ|