Poor play forced Aaron Boone out of the lineup for Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS. But in the bottom of the 11th inning with the score tied at five, Boone was called upon to hit against the one pitcher he could handle: a has-been knuckleballer with a 70 mph fastball. Nice.
Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield left a spinner in the middle of the plate and the second-rate utility man crushed it into the left field seats. On that faithful night, Boone cemented his place in Yankee lore and scored a much needed point for the substitute teacher-looking everyman.