- The Washington Times - Monday, November 5, 2001

PHOENIX After one of the most remarkable seasons in baseball history, it seemed only fitting that the World Series came down to a deciding Game 7 last night at Bank One Ballpark.
Few sporting events, if any, can duplicate the drama and excitement that comes with a seventh game in the Fall Classic, and this year's series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees figures to be regarded as one of the greatest in baseball history.
Amazingly, this World Series would probably be regarded as such even if it hadn't been extended to seven games. Games 1-6 could stand on their own against most series played.
"It's had a little bit of everything," Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly said. "It's had great pitching. It's had some of the most ungodly, timely hitting you are ever going to see in your life. We have had offensive explosions, we have had great defense, we have had shoddy defense. We have had enough managers' decisions to keep [the media] happy, and certainly enough competitive games to keep all the fans in both cities happy. All over the country, I think people are surprised that this series has gone the way it has. I can't wait to sit back and watch the tapes myself."
Those tapes will show outstanding starting pitching performances from Curt Schilling, Randy Johnson, Brian Anderson and Miguel Batista for Arizona, disastrous late-inning collapses by closer Byung-Hyun Kim, dramatic home runs by Tino Martinez, Derek Jeter and Scott Brosius that shook famed Yankee Stadium to the core and a truly unexpected Diamondback blowout in Game 6 Saturday night, setting the stage for last night's dramatics.
"I think this World Series will be one of the more memorable ones," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "It's been a little weird those three crazy games in New York, and then the Diamondbacks knocking our brains out here, and tonight the matchup of two 20-game winners, potential Cy Young winners [Schilling and Roger Clemens]. I think it's going to be pretty memorable."

One last look
Brenly spent the entire season tinkering with his starting lineup and fielded five different batting orders in the first six games of the World Series. So, it was a given that the Arizona manager would shake things up one last time last night.
One night after benching left-handed hitting veterans Mark Grace, Craig Counsell and Steve Finley, Brenly brought all three back for Game 7 to face the right-handed throwing Clemens.
Brenly's toughest decision, though, was to sit right fielder Reggie Sanders (coming off a four-hit night) in an effort to keep red-hot Danny Bautista (batting .667 in the series entering last night and coming off a five-RBI performance) in the lineup.
"I told Reggie Sanders [who hit 33 homers this season] this was the single toughest lineup decision I had to make all season long," Brenly said. "It was not because he did something wrong or he wasn't a good player. It's just strictly the matchup against Clemens. … I told Reggie that we would not be here without him. That's obvious. And we're not going to win this ball game today without you, either, so be ready to go."

Phoenix, Phoenix?
Some might have expected the Yankees to be upset when the BOB sound crew blared the opening bars of Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" after the final out of Game 6.
Torre, however, didn't seem to have a problem with it, perhaps because he's seen the Baltimore Orioles do the same thing on occasion at Camden Yards.
"They do that in Baltimore, too," he said. "You know, the fans are having fun. This is their ballpark. The Stadium is our ballpark, and it's the World Series. So there's a lot of things going on."

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