Aaron Boone just finished his third season as Yankees manager, but it was 17 years ago today – October 16, 2003 – that his signature Yankee moment, and his nickname, came to be.
Most Yankees fans can remember it like it was yesterday: Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS, bottom of the 11th, and Boone – who had only been a Yankee for a few months, and had just entered the game as a pinch-runner in the bottom of the 8th – stepped up to the plate against Tim Wakefield.
The Yankees had already come back from deficits of 4-0 and 5-2, and with the score tied 5-5, Yankee Stadium was ripe for walk-off…and on the first pitch he saw, the Yankees’ 39th pennant (and sixth in eight years) was won, and Aaron “Bleeping” Boone was born!
Take a look back at one of the most famous walk-off home runs below, as called by Joe Buck, Gary Thorne, and the radio duo of John Sterling and Charley Steiner!
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