Red Sox Brawls: Game 3 - 2003 ALCS vs.Yankees

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The 2003 ALCS was one that I wish I could forget.  This series would go on to drive a dagger in the hearts of Red Sox fans.  But, that’s not my focus right now.  This series featured some fireworks at Fenway Park between two of the greatest rivals in professional sports.

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On Saturday, October 11th, 2004, the Red Sox played host to the Yankees for Game 3 of the ALCS.  The pitching matchup was legendary, former Red Sox ace Roger Clemens battled against Pedro Martinez.  The series was tied 1-1 when the series shifted back to Boston.

It was the fourth inning, Yankees outfielder Karim Garcia would step to the plate.  The bases were loaded, there was nobody out and the Yankees were leading 3-2.  Pedro then fired a pitch that sailed over the head of Garcia.

Garcia started to chirp at Martinez.  Tensions immediately began to flare up with that one pitch from Martinez.  Yankees manager Joe Torre came out of the dugout after the home plate umpire warned both benches.  While Torre made his way out, Garcia was awarded first base because the pitch knicked the left-handed hitter.

The Yankees took a 4-2 lead.


"There's no question in my mind that Pedro hit him on purpose,'' Yankees' manager Joe Torre said in a postgame interview.  “I didn't care for that."

Garcia was on first base and then slid hard into Red Sox second baseman Todd Walker, resulting in the two players to have words.  The two began shoving each other, and both teams emerged from their dugouts.  Zimmer, Clemens and Yankees catcher Jorge Posada seemed to be very vocal in how they felt about the whole situation.

Gear up for the 2020 MLB Season with new gear from NikeClemens then took the bump for the Yankees for the bottom of the fourth.  Red Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez led off the inning.  Clemens first pitch was up and around the head of Ramirez.  Ramirez took offense at that pitch and barked back at Clemens, pointing his bat in his direction.  Clemens and Ramirez yelled at each other and the benches started to empty.

Ramirez had some select language for the Rocket, and David Ortiz had to hold him back.

The benches would then clear, and then…. Yankees coach Don Zimmer charged at Pedro.  Martinez grabbed Zimmer by the melon with both hands and tossed him to the ground.  Zimmer landed face first and rolled over onto his back.  Zimmer, 72, had to be helped up by a Boston Police officer.

The game would resume after a 10-minute delay, and Clemens would go onto strike out Ramirez in the at bat.

The scrum would continue when what appeared to be a Boston grounds crew member got into it with Yankees reliever Jeff Nelson and Garcia in the Yankees bullpen.

The series was back and forth.  The teams would trade wins in the series until Game 7.  Red Sox manager Grady Little would leave Martinez in the game too long, Posada would get a huge hit and Aaron “bleeping” Boone would hit a home run into the left field seats off knuckle baller Tim Wakefield to end the series.  The Yankees won the series in seven games and advanced to the World Series.  Damn it, I said I wasn’t going to bring that up!

The Yankees would lose that World Series to future Red Sox righty Josh Beckett and the Florida Marlins.

In just one year later, everything would finally change.  The Boston Red Sox erased 86 years of heartbreak and that would be the greatest thing I would ever see.

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