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Aaron Boone announced today that he will be officially retiring from Major League Baseball. He will now go on to work as a broadcaster for ESPN.

“It is with a sense of pride, sadness, and enthusiasm that I formally announce my retirement after 16 years of professional baseball,” Boone said as part of a prepared statement. “It has been a privilege and honor to have played in the Major Leagues for 12 seasons for six different clubs.

“While it’s tough to leave the game as a player, I am eager to start my next career with my new team at ESPN.”

Back on October 16th, 2003, Aaron Boone hit a home run that is considered one of the greatest moments in postseason history. In Game#7 of the ALCS, Aaron Boone stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the 11th inning and crushed a home run off of Tim Wakefield which sent the Yankees to the World Series. The “Curse of the Bambino” lived on for one more year. It was one of the most thrilling moments I have ever witnessed, and probably goes down as my favorite memory. Even though they didn’t win the World Series that year, it was one of the most satisfying victories in my lifetime.

Not only did Boone do that, but he also tore his knee ligament during a pick-up basketball game during the off-season. It violated his contract, and the Yankees went on to get Alex Rodriguez.

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New York Post recently posted many ‘Best of 00’ lists and surprise, surprise, the Yankees are on a good few of them. Here are the lists and where the Yankees land on them.

Decade’s 10 best moments in Big Apple sports:

No. 8: Derek Jeter’s ‘Flip’ play in the 2001 ALDS vs Oakland

No. 6: World Series Miracles (Games 4 & 5 of 2001 World Series)

No. 4: Aaron Boone’s 2003 ALCS Homerun

No. 3: Yankees New Stadium, Yankees 2009 World Series Championship

No. 2: Yankees win Subway World Series

Big Apple’s Best and Worst Franchise of the Decade:

Best Franchise of the Decade: Yankees

Big Apple’s 10 Best Coaches of the Decade:

No. 3: Joe Girardi

No. 1: Joe Torre

Big Apple’s 10 Best Athletes of the Decade:

No. 4: Alex Rodriguez

No. 2: Mariano Rivera

No. 1: Derek Jeter

Big Apple’s 10 Worst Moments of the Decade:

No. 8: Clemens tosses bat at Piazza (2000 World Series)

No. 6: Rivera blows Game 7 vs D’Backs (2001 World Series)

No. 4: Steroid Revelations

No. 1: The Curse of the Bambino is Broken (2004)

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This isn’t all of them, but there will be more in the future. Enjoy!

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It has been a busy few days at the Winter Meetings, so let’s take a minute to take a break before the meetings end today.

Sports Illustrated recently released it’s list of Top 10 MLB games of the 2000’s. Without further gilding the lilly, here they are:

10. 2001 – ALDS, Game 3. This game is known for ‘The Flip’ by Jeter. Yankees 1, A’s 0

9. 2003 – ALCS, Game 6. This game is ‘The Bartman Game’. I wonder if the Cubs made it to the World Series if the Yankees would have still lost the World Series. Marlins 8, Cubs 3

8. 2007 – NL Wild Card Tie. This game was one hell of a game as the Rockies would shock the world and advance to the World Series. Rockies 9, Padres 8 (13 innings)

7. 2009  – AL Central Tiebreaker. One has to wonder if this game took too much out of the Twins to put up a fight against the Yankees. Twins 6, Tigers 5 (12 innings)

6. 2006 – NLCS Game 7. This game had a pitching duel between Jeff Suppan and Oliver Perez, weird, I know. Cardinals 3, Mets 1

5. 2002 – World Series Game 6. Think Dusty Baker and Robb Nenn want a do over? Angels 6, Giants 5

4. 2004 – ALCS Game 5. 2004…..Funny, all my memories from that year are missing… Red Sox 5, Yankees 4 (14 innings)

3. 2001 – World Series Games 4 and 5. Mystique and Aura were certainly not dancing in a strip club these nights… Yankees 4, Diamondbacks 3 and Yankees 3, Diamondbacks 2

2. 2003 – ALCS Game 7. The greatest moment in the professional career for Aaron Boone and probably the worst for Grady Little. Yankees 6, Red Sox 5 (11 innings)

1. 2001 – World Series Game 7. I passed out before this game was over for some unknown reason, but when I woke up and heard on the radio that the Yankees lost in the bottom of the ninth, I was nearly brought to tears. Diamondbacks 3, Yankees 2

So what do you think? I think the only thing I’d really change is switch number 2 and 3. You?

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