Scott Brosius, Aaron Boone, and now Raul Ibanez.
Ibanez became a New York Yankees postseason legend last night and guaranteed himself a place in pinstripe lore for eternity by hitting a game tying home run in the bottom of the ninth inning and a game winning walk off home run in the bottom of the twelfth to give the Yankees a 2-1 series lead and a chance to advance by putting the Orioles away tonight.
The Orioles were 76-0 when leading after 7 innings this season and had won 16 straight extra inning games before the heroics of Ibanez last night, their young tram has to be absolutely stunned waking up this morning, knowing that one man singlehandedly crushed their dreams.
Ibanez, who showed a flair for the dramatic late in the season by hitting a game tying pinch hit home run in the ninth inning then delivered a game winning single in a huge 4-3 Yankees victory over the hated Boston Red Sox on October second, is becoming the latest in a long line of Yankees role players who become clutch when it matters most.
The big story in the papers today is that Ibanez delivered his huge home run while pinch hitting for the slumping Alex Rodriguez, however for me, the story is that for the first time this season there seems to be some magic around this Yankee team. All season I thought that the Yankees were a bat short, a starter short, that they were too old, that they would miss Mariano Rivera.
Today, for the first time this season, I woke up and confidently thought – This Yankees team is going to win the World Series.
Congratulations to the newest Pinstripes Postseason Legend: Raul Ibanez.