Following Dave Roberts’ steal and Bill Mueller’s subsequent single to score him, the Red Sox and Yankees continued into extra innings of Game 4 of the 2004 American League Championship Series.
Tied at four in the bottom of the 12th, Manny Ramirez led off with a single and David Ortiz stepped into the batter’s box.
One thing was clear; Ortiz was waiting for a pitch he could drive.
On a 2-1 count, Yankees reliever Paul Quantrill threw an inside, belt-high fastball and Ortiz was ready for it. He swung and crushed it over the right field wall for a two-run bomb, giving the Red Sox a 6-4 victory, helping them stave off elimination.
The very next night the Red Sox and Yankees once again found themselves in a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the 14th inning.
The previous night’s hero, David Ortiz, came to the plate with two on and two out. Facing right-handed reliever Esteban Loaiza Ortiz muscled a 2-2 offering into center field scoring Johnny Damon from second and shifting the series back to New York.
The second time in as many games—and the third time during the 2004 postseason—David Ortiz came through with late-game heroics. He earned himself the title of greatest clutch hitter in Red Sox history.