In early the moments of Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series, the FOX cameras picked up a hand-scribbled sign in the seats behind home plate. It read: "1918. What's 1 more year?"
For most of the night, however, it appeared that the blighted Boston Red Sox would topple the Yankees, advance to the World Series and earn a chance to hoist the trophy for the first time since . . . 1918.
The Sox's 4-0 lead over the Yankees, however, was gradually whittled down to a 5-5 tie in the eighth. That held until the bottom of the 11th, when Aaron Boone, who had been called upon to pinch run for Ruben Sierra earlier in the game, strolled to the plate to face Tim Wakefield.
"Mo (Mariano Rivera) had just finished up his third inning, and I ran off the field knowing I was going to lead off," Boone, now a television analyst for ESPN, says today. "And I remember feeling that I was going to do something good."
As possible heroes go, Boone seemed a most unlikely one. After being acqu...