In 1998, the Arizona Diamondbacks were established as an expansion team in the National League. Only four years later, they found themselves in the World Series against the most storied franchise in MLB history: the New York Yankees.
Despite having two of the most dominant starters in baseball, Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling, no one really gave the Diamondbacks a chance against the heavily favored "Evil Empire." The Yankees had the high-profile players, they had the swagger. Most importantly, the amount of postseason experience was incomparable to any other team in baseball.
But what the Yankees didn't have was Luis Gonzalez, who had one of the best offensive seasons ever seen for the Diamondbacks in 2001. His .325 batting average with 57 home runs and 142 RBI led the team in each category.
Since the first six games of the series were won by the home team, things were looking up for the Diamondbacks in Game 7. With Curt Schilling on the mound and playing in the friendly confines of Bank One Ball Park, the game inevitably came down to the very last at bat.
With the bases loaded and only one out, Luis Gonzalez stepped to the plate to face the best postseason closer to ever toe the rubber: Mariano Rivera. He lofted a single to center field that barely got past the drawn in Derek Jeter at shortstop, which resulted in the hit that won the World Series for the Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks prevented the Yankees from winning their fourth consecutive title and won the World Series for themselves in just their fourth year of existence.