December 30 2006

There's not much question about what has been the biggest game of Rod Barajas' career so far.  On November 1, 2001, Damian Miller was scratched with a strained right calf and Barajas started for the Diamondbacks as they squared off against the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the 2001 World Series.  The series was tied at two games apiece.

Batting ninth, Barajas singled off of Mike Mussina in the third.  In the fifth, Steve Finley hit a solo home run to lead off the inning and put Arizona up 1-0.  With two down and nobody on in the same inning, Barajas added a home run of his own to extend the lead to
2-0.  Barajas would go down in his next three at-bats to end the day 2-for-5 with a home run and an RBI. He also threw out Alfonso Soriano trying to steal second base in the third inning.  It was the only action Barajas, who at age 25 had hit just 160/191/274 in 106 at-bats for Arizona, would see in the series.

The Diamondbacks would lose the game but go on to win the series.  With two outs in the bottom of the ninth and Barajas still behind the plate, Scott Brosius hit a home run that tied the game at 2-2.  In the bottom of the 12th a single from Soriano scored Chuck Knoblach to give the Yanks a 3-2 win.  Barajas might have had a chance to tag out Knoblach but had to field Reggie Sanders' throw from right on a hop and couldn't handle it cleanly.

Relive it all here with the help of video clips that probably won't play on your computer.

This review of the offseason says the Phillies still aren't good enough to beat the Mets.

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