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World Series clinchers are, by definition, the pinnacle of the baseball season: the culmination and realization of the hard work and dreams of the winning team, reflected in the disappointment of the other team across the diamond. The ultimate joy juxtaposed against the ultimate loss . . . and always a great ballgame.

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World Series clinchers are, by definition, the pinnacle of the baseball season: the culmination and realization of the hard work and dreams of the winning team, reflected in the disappointment of the other team across the diamond. The ultimate joy juxtaposed against the ultimate loss . . . and always a great ballgame.

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    2001 World Series, Game 7: Yankees at Diamondbacks

    New York Yankees 2 at Arizona Diamondbacks 3, F -- Curt Schilling on short rest vs. Roger Clemens + reliever Randy Johnson + late-inning Gonzo magic vs. Mariano Rivera = dramatic championship. A fitting finale to one of the BEST World Series ever. Surviving two stunning losses in Games 4 and 5, the Diamondbacks found their own late-inning magic in the person of Luis Gonzalez. It began with Hall-of-Fame-bound starters Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling trading zeros through six. Schilling was strong on only two days rest, then manager Bob Brenly made the gutsy call to Randy Johnson -- the Game 6 starter just the night before -- for his second-ever postseason relief appearance. The Big Unit was perfect for 1.1, but all seemed on track for NY as they summoned "automatic" closer Mariano Rivera to hold the one-run lead. Rivera was riding a string of 23 consecutive postseason saves and seemed as invincible as they come. Then, in events as almost as otherworldly as the rain that fell on them in the desert, Mo proved human... and the D-backs became the youngest franchise to win a title on Gonzalez' dramatic game-winning line drive.

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    • 2 Hours 43 Minutes

    New York Yankees 2 at Arizona Diamondbacks 3, F -- Curt Schilling on short rest vs. Roger Clemens + reliever Randy Johnson + late-inning Gonzo magic vs. Mariano Rivera = dramatic championship. A fitting finale to one of the BEST World Series ever. Surviving two stunning losses in Games 4 and 5, the Diamondbacks found their own late-inning magic in the person of Luis Gonzalez. It began with Hall-of-Fame-bound starters Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling trading zeros through six. Schilling was strong on only two days rest, then manager Bob Brenly made the gutsy call to Randy Johnson -- the Game 6 starter just the night before -- for his second-ever postseason relief appearance. The Big Unit was perfect for 1.1, but all seemed on track for NY as they summoned "automatic" closer Mariano Rivera to hold the one-run lead. Rivera was riding a string of 23 consecutive postseason saves and seemed as invincible as they come. Then, in events as almost as otherworldly as the rain that fell on them in the desert, Mo proved human... and the D-backs became the youngest franchise to win a title on Gonzalez' dramatic game-winning line drive.

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    • 2 Hours 43 Minutes
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    2002 World Series, Game 7: Giants at Angels

    San Francisco Giants 1 at Anaheim Angels 4, F -- Anaheim completed its magical run to the championshiop before 44,598 Rally Monkey-fueled fans at Edison Field. Third baseman Troy Glaus, who batted .385 with three homers and eight RBIs, was named series MVP. The Angels won the Series, four games to three, bringing the World Series trophy to Anaheim for the first time in the 41-year history of the franchise.

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    • 2 Hours 52 Minutes

    San Francisco Giants 1 at Anaheim Angels 4, F -- Anaheim completed its magical run to the championshiop before 44,598 Rally Monkey-fueled fans at Edison Field. Third baseman Troy Glaus, who batted .385 with three homers and eight RBIs, was named series MVP. The Angels won the Series, four games to three, bringing the World Series trophy to Anaheim for the first time in the 41-year history of the franchise.

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    • 2 Hours 52 Minutes
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    2003 World Series, Game 6: Marlins at Yankees

    Florida Marlins 2 at New York Yankees 0, F/16 -- Pitching on three days' rest, Josh Beckett's 107 pitches quieted the naysayers, carrying the Marlins to a World Series title and garnering Most Valuable Player honors for his effort. Beckett threw the first complete-game shutout in a deciding World Series game in 12 years, sending the home team to its first postseason series loss at Yankee Stadium in 22 years. The shutout was the 19th in a World Series-deciding game, and Beckett's 47 strikeouts in the postseason tied Randy Johnson (2001) for the all-time record in a single postseason.

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    • 2 Hours 33 Minutes

    Florida Marlins 2 at New York Yankees 0, F/16 -- Pitching on three days' rest, Josh Beckett's 107 pitches quieted the naysayers, carrying the Marlins to a World Series title and garnering Most Valuable Player honors for his effort. Beckett threw the first complete-game shutout in a deciding World Series game in 12 years, sending the home team to its first postseason series loss at Yankee Stadium in 22 years. The shutout was the 19th in a World Series-deciding game, and Beckett's 47 strikeouts in the postseason tied Randy Johnson (2001) for the all-time record in a single postseason.

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    • 2 Hours 33 Minutes
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    2004 World Series, Game 4: Red Sox at Cardinals

    Boston Red Sox 3 at St. Louis Cardinals 0, F -- Curse Reversed! The Boston Sox finally win the championship that was 86 years in the making behind a dominant, three-hit effort by Derek Lowe. The Red Sox completed a World Series sweep of the Cardinals to win their first title since 1918, and finally put to rest the legendary "Curse of the Bambino." Johnny Damon's first-inning home run started the scoring for Boston, and Trot Nixon hit a two-run double in the third. Manny Ramirez was named series MVP.

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    • 2 Hours 42 Minutes

    Boston Red Sox 3 at St. Louis Cardinals 0, F -- Curse Reversed! The Boston Sox finally win the championship that was 86 years in the making behind a dominant, three-hit effort by Derek Lowe. The Red Sox completed a World Series sweep of the Cardinals to win their first title since 1918, and finally put to rest the legendary "Curse of the Bambino." Johnny Damon's first-inning home run started the scoring for Boston, and Trot Nixon hit a two-run double in the third. Manny Ramirez was named series MVP.

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    • 2 Hours 42 Minutes
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    2005 World Series, Game 4: White Sox at Astros

    Chicago White Sox 1 at Houston Astros 0, F -- Chicago's eighth straight postseason victory gave them their first Championship since 1917. Bobby Jenks finished off the Astros in the ninth, as Juan Uribe, the slick-fielding shortstop, grabbed pinch-hitter Orlando Palmeiro's broken-bat grounder up the middle and once again nailed the runner by inches at first for the final out. Uribe's defensive gem set off a wild celebration on the Minute Maid Park field and among the Chicago faithful in the stands. Jermaine Dye's three-hit effort contributed to his Series MVP.

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    • 2 Hours 41 Minutes

    Chicago White Sox 1 at Houston Astros 0, F -- Chicago's eighth straight postseason victory gave them their first Championship since 1917. Bobby Jenks finished off the Astros in the ninth, as Juan Uribe, the slick-fielding shortstop, grabbed pinch-hitter Orlando Palmeiro's broken-bat grounder up the middle and once again nailed the runner by inches at first for the final out. Uribe's defensive gem set off a wild celebration on the Minute Maid Park field and among the Chicago faithful in the stands. Jermaine Dye's three-hit effort contributed to his Series MVP.

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    • 2 Hours 41 Minutes
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    2006 World Series, Game 5: Tigers at Cardinals

    Detroit Tigers 2 at St. Louis Cardinals 4, F -- Jeff Weaver was astounding, allowing one earned run and fanning nine in eight innings, while Series MVP David Eckstein had two RBIs and scored a run to lead the Cardinals to their first World Series win since 1982. Yadier Molina had three hits and scored twice for the Cards, who were crowned at home in the first season at new Busch Stadium. It was the 10th World Championship for the Cardinals franchise.

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    • 2 Hours 15 Minutes

    Detroit Tigers 2 at St. Louis Cardinals 4, F -- Jeff Weaver was astounding, allowing one earned run and fanning nine in eight innings, while Series MVP David Eckstein had two RBIs and scored a run to lead the Cardinals to their first World Series win since 1982. Yadier Molina had three hits and scored twice for the Cards, who were crowned at home in the first season at new Busch Stadium. It was the 10th World Championship for the Cardinals franchise.

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    • 2 Hours 15 Minutes
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