By Mike Fitzpatrick
It is July 19, 2003. Old Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium.
Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees are 59-36 and four games up in the AL East, headed to their sixth of nine consecutive division titles.
At this moment, though, they trail the Cleveland Indians by one run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jeter has just hit an RBI single with two outs, and the bases are loaded for left-handed slugger Jason Giambi.
The infielders play Giambi to pull. The count goes full and Cleveland ace CC Sabathia prefers to stay in the windup, giving all three Yankees on base a running start as he unfolds his 6-foot-7, 290-pound frame for a slow delivery to the plate.