The New York Yankees third baseman hasn’t had anything to do with the Padres before or since the 1998 World Series. However, had he not gotten so hot in the World Series to win the MVP, the ’98 Fall Classic may have turned out differently between the Padres and Yankees. He may have been the difference in the Yankees sweeping the Padres that year.
The first two games of the series were hard-fought but the Yankees took each game by scoring 9 runs. The series was headed to San Diego in hopes that the Padres could even things up. Game 3 started out very well for the Padres. Sterling Hitchcock was dealing and didn’t allow a hit until the 4th inning. The Padres took a 3-0 lead in the 6th inning after a two-run single by Tony Gwynn and a sacrifice fly by Ken Caminiti.
The very next top half of the inning, Scott Brosius took a little air out of Qualcomm Stadium by leading off with a solo home run, making the score 3-1. The Yankees later made it 3-2 in that inning. The Friars took the lead into the 8th inning and Bruce Bochy put Trevor Hoffman on the mound.
After two walks, Brosius came up again with runners on first and second and one out. He then launched a 2-2 pitch over the centerfield wall to give the Yankees an 8th inning 5-3 lead. He hit two home runs and had 4 RBI in two innings. You could just feel the momentum shift and the stadium deflate. That was the deciding moment.
The Yankees would win Game 3. In the World Series clinching Game 4, Brosius more or less put the nail in the coffin with an RBI single in the 8th inning off of Kevin Brown to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. They would win the game 3-0 and the World Series championship. Brosius was the MVP with a .471 average, two home runs and 6 RBI.
Honorable Mentions: The entire Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants Organization, Matt Holliday for not touching home plate in Game #163 against the Colorado Rockies in 2007.
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