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MLB Network to replay Boone's epic HR

Game 7 of 2003 ALCS ranks No. 6 on '20 Greatest Games' list
@BryanHoch
March 23, 2020

One swing of the bat cemented Aaron Boone’s place in pinstriped lore, as he swatted a Tim Wakefield knuckleball over the left-field wall at the old Yankee Stadium to end Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series and send the Yanks to the World Series. Though Boone only

One swing of the bat cemented Aaron Boone’s place in pinstriped lore, as he swatted a Tim Wakefield knuckleball over the left-field wall at the old Yankee Stadium to end Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series and send the Yanks to the World Series.

Though Boone only played half of a season with the Yankees, he proved to be in the right place at the right time. MLB Network is paying tribute to Boone’s pennant-winning homer on Friday, featuring programming that prominently features the deep drive that shattered the hearts of Red Sox Nation.

“I think it’s had a huge factor in my life,” Boone said recently. “It probably added to my appeal when I retired with ESPN. It’s certainly something I’m known for in my baseball life, obviously, and in some way probably is a contributor to me being here [as the Yankees’ manager] today.”

MLB Network is airing “MLB’s 20 Greatest Games” at 2:30 p.m. ET on Friday, and Boone’s homer is featured as the No. 6 selection. Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS will air at 4 p.m. ET, followed by the classic movie “Bull Durham” at 8 p.m. ET.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and Facebook.