Down by one run in the bottom of the 11th inning of the 1995 American League Division Series, the home team’s most prolific hitter of the postseason stepped to the plate. With runners on 1st and 3rd and no outs, the seven time career all-star slugged a line drive down the left field line. The crowd erupted as the first baserunner was waved in, followed shortly by the second, narrowly beating the throw home. It seemed as if the dome above could crumble to the ground as stands exploded in an earth shaking roar. For the first time in franchise history, the home team had earned a trip to the American League Championship, cementing this designated hitter and third baseman’s role in saving baseball in the city he played for his whole career.
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