Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees
October 16, 2003 Box Score

The box score below is an accurate record of events for the baseball contest played on October 16, 2003 at Yankee Stadium. The New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox and the box score is "ready to surrender its truth to the knowing eye."

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Charley Steiner: "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! AARON BOONE HAS HIT A HOME RUN! THE YANKEES GO TO THE WORLD SERIES FOR THE 39TH TIME IN THEIR REMARKABLE HISTORY! AARON BOONE DOWN THE LEFT FIELD LINE! THEY ARE WAITING FOR HIM AT HOME PLATE, AND NOW HE DIVES INTO THE SCRUM! THE YANKEES WIN IT SIX TO FIVE!" John Sterling: "Ball game over. American League Championship Series over!" Sterling and Steiner: "YANKEES WIN! THE-E-E-E-E-E-E-E YANKEES WIN!" - WCBS-AM Radio (October 16, 2003)

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Boston Red Sox 5, New York Yankees 6

Boston Red Sox ab r h rbi
Damon cf 5 0 0 0
Walker 2b 5 0 1 0
Garciaparra ss 5 0 1 0
Ramirez lf 5 0 1 0
Ortiz dh 5 1 2 1
Kapler pr,dh 0 0 0 0
Millar 1b 5 2 2 1
Nixon rf 4 1 1 2
Mueller 3b 5 0 1 0
Varitek c 4 1 2 0
Jackson pr 0 0 0 0
Mirabelli c 1 0 0 0
Martinez p 0 0 0 0
Embree p 0 0 0 0
Timlin p 0 0 0 0
Wakefield p 0 0 0 0
Totals 44 5 11 4
New York Yankees ab r h rbi
Soriano 2b 5 0 0 0
Johnson 1b 4 0 0 0
Jeter ss 5 1 1 0
Williams cf 5 1 2 1
Matsui lf 5 1 2 0
Posada c 5 0 1 2
Giambi dh 5 2 2 2
Wilson 3b 3 0 1 0
Sierra ph 0 0 0 0
Boone pr,3b 1 1 1 1
Garcia rf 3 0 1 0
Clemens p 0 0 0 0
Mussina p 0 0 0 0
Heredia p 0 0 0 0
Nelson p 0 0 0 0
Wells p 0 0 0 0
Rivera p 0 0 0 0
Totals 41 6 11 6
Boston 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 11 0
New York 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 0 1 6 11 1
Boston Red Sox IP H R ER BB SO
Martinez 7.1 10 5 5 1 8
Embree 0.1 0 0 0 0 0
Timlin 1.1 0 0 0 2 1
Wakefield L (2-1) 1.0 1 1 1 0 0
Totals 10.0 11 6 6 3 9
New York Yankees IP H R ER BB SO
Clemens 3.0 6 4 3 1 1
Mussina 3.0 2 0 0 0 3
Heredia 0.2 0 0 0 0 1
Nelson 0.2 0 0 0 0 1
Wells 0.2 1 1 1 0 0
Rivera W (1-0) 3.0 2 0 0 0 3
Totals 11.0 11 5 4 1 9

E –Wilson (1). DP –New York 1. 2B –Boston Varitek (2,off Clemens); Ortiz (1,off M Rivera), New York Matsui 2 (3,off Martinez 2); Jeter (2,off Martinez); Posada (4,off Martinez). HR –Boston Nixon (3,2nd inning off Clemens 1 on, 1 out); Millar (1,4th inning off Clemens 0 on, 0 out); Ortiz (2,8th inning off Wells 0 on, 1 out), New York Giambi 2 (3,5th inning off Martinez 0 on, 0 out,7th inning off Martinez 0 on, 2 out); Boone (1,11th inning off Wakefield 0 on, 0 out). IBB –Sierra (1,by Timlin). IBB –Timlin (1,Sierra). U –Tim McClelland, Terry Craft, Alfonso Marquez, Derryl Cousins, Angel Hernandez, Joe West. T –3:56. A –56,279.

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Boston Red Sox fan / poet James Bair was one of the countless faithful who wondered why Red Sox manager Grady Little chose to keep his Hall of Fame pitcher in the game so long. He wondered then was moved to write this poem:
Why Did You Keep Pedro In?
We couldn't have got there without you.
We were five outs away from a win.
You were the smartest guy in the stadium.
But why did you keep Pedro in?
We don't believe in those curses.
We could care less about old Harry's sin.
But with such a powerful bullpen,
Why did you keep Pedro in?
Oh, Pedro was awesome for seven,
And it looked like he could hang in.
Why did you keep Pedro in?
Though whacked cold, Johnny Damon kept waving;
The guys always want to stay in.
Of course, Pedro'd say he could blow them away,
But why did you keep Pedro in?
He could have left the hill as a hero
We'd say Pedro had smoked them again!
You could not deny that his pitch count was high,
Why did you keep Pedro in?
We know there is one consolation:
We know you'll never do it again.
Still the cry rises from Red Sox Nation:
Why did you keep Pedro in?
With each move you had out-managed Torre .
Yankee cheering was growing quite thin.
With such talented benches for backup,
Why did you keep Pedro in?
You made us now root for the Marlins,
And we hardly know how to begin.
You almost upended the Empire,
Why did you keep Pedro in?
You brought new pizzazz to the clubhouse:
The crew found the cowboy within.
You did so much for the guys, but with tears in our eyes,
We say, why did you keep Pedro in?

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