|2001 American League Division Series|
|Television|| Fox (Games 1, 3, 5)|
Fox Family (Games 2, 4)
|TV announcers||Josh Lewin, Rex Hudler|
|TV announcers|| Joe Buck, Tim McCarver (Games 1–2)|
Thom Brennaman, Steve Lyons (Games 3–5)
|Umpires|| Steve Rippley, Ted Barrett, Kerwin Danley, Jerry Layne, Mark Hirschbeck, Ron Kulpa (Mariners–Indians, Games 1–2, 5; Yankees–Athletics, Games 3–4)|
Dana DeMuth, Jeff Nelson, Paul Schrieber, Rick Reed, Ed Rapuano, Greg Gibson (Yankees–Athletics, Games 1–2, 5; Mariners-Indians, Games 3–4)
The 2001 American League Division Series (ALDS), the opening round of the 2001 American League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 9, and ended on Monday, October 15, with the champions of the three AL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. The teams were:
In Major League Baseball, the American League Division Series (ALDS) determines which two teams from the American League will advance to the American League Championship Series. The Division Series consists of two best-of-five series, featuring the three division winners and the winner of the wild-card play-off.
The Seattle Mariners' 2001 season was the 25th since the franchise's inception. The Mariners finished with a 116–46 (.716) record, tying the major league record for wins set by the 1906 Chicago Cubs, and setting the record for wins by an American League team. Of those wins, 59 were by four or more runs, a record for the number of games won by such a margin. They also led the majors in both runs scored and fewest runs allowed.
The 2001 Cleveland Indians season was the 101st season for the franchise.
The New York Yankees' 2001 season was the 99th season for the Yankees. The team finished with a record of 95-65 finishing 13.5 games ahead of the Boston Red Sox. New York was managed by Joe Torre. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium. Roger Clemens had sixteen straight wins, tying an American League mark shared by Walter Johnson, Lefty Grove, Schoolboy Rowe, and Smoky Joe Wood. Clemens would finish the season with the AL Cy Young Award and become the first pitcher to win six Cy Young Awards.
The Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees went on to meet in the AL Championship Series (ALCS). The Yankees became the American League champion, and lost to the National League champion Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2001 World Series.
The 2001 American League Championship Series (ALCS) was a rematch of the 2000 ALCS between the New York Yankees, who had come off a dramatic comeback against the Oakland Athletics in the Division Series after being down two games to zero, and the Seattle Mariners, who had won their Division Series against the Cleveland Indians in five games. The series had additional poignancy, coming immediately after downtown New York City was devastated by the events of September 11, 2001. The Yankees would go on to lose to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the World Series.
The 2001 National League Championship Series (NLCS) saw the Arizona Diamondbacks defeat the Atlanta Braves in five games to win the National League pennant in the franchise's fourth year of existence. The Diamondbacks went on to defeat the New York Yankees in seven games to win the World Series.
The 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks, in their fourth year of existence, looked to improve on their 2000 season. They had to contend in what was a strong National League West Division.
Seattle won the series, 3–2.
|1||October 9||Cleveland Indians – 5, Seattle Mariners – 0||Safeco Field||3:05||48,033|
|2||October 11||Cleveland Indians – 1, Seattle Mariners – 5||Safeco Field||2:41||48,052|
|3||October 13||Seattle Mariners – 2, Cleveland Indians – 17||Jacobs Field||3:24||45,069|
|4||October 14||Seattle Mariners – 6, Cleveland Indians – 2||Jacobs Field||3:16||45,025|
|5||October 15||Cleveland Indians – 1, Seattle Mariners – 3||Safeco Field||3:18||47,867|
New York won the series, 3–2.
|1||October 10||Oakland Athletics – 5, New York Yankees – 3||Yankee Stadium (I)||3:45||56,697|
|2||October 11||Oakland Athletics – 2, New York Yankees – 0||Yankee Stadium (I)||3:24||56,684|
|3||October 13||New York Yankees – 1, Oakland Athletics – 0||Network Associates Coliseum||2:42||55,861|
|4||October 14||New York Yankees – 9, Oakland Athletics – 2||Network Associates Coliseum||4:13||43,681|
|5||October 15||Oakland Athletics – 3, New York Yankees – 5||Yankee Stadium (I)||3:23||56,642|
Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington
| WP: Bartolo Colón (1–0) LP: Freddy García (0–1)|
CLE: Ellis Burks (1)
In Game 1, the Indians held the Mariners scoreless. Bartolo Colón pitched brilliantly, giving up six hits and no runs in eight innings while fanning 10. The highlight for Seattle was the hitting performance of Ichiro Suzuki, who went 3 for 4 in his playoff debut. Roberto Alomar doubled off Freddy Garcia to leadoff the fourth, then scored on Juan Gonzalez's single. A single and walk loaded the bases before back-to-back RBI singles by Travis Fryman and Marty Cordova made it 3–0 Indians. In the sixth, three consecutive one-out singles made it 4–0. Ellis Burks's leadoff home run in the eighth off Jose Paniagua made it 5–0, the final as they took a 1–0 series lead.
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Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington
| WP: Jamie Moyer (1–0) LP: Chuck Finley (0–1)|
SEA: Mike Cameron (1), Edgar Martínez (1), David Bell (1)
In the first inning, Seattle made up for Game 1 by scoring four runs in the first inning, headlined by two two-run blasts by Mike Cameron and Edgar Martínez. David Bell helped the cause with an insurance homer in the fifth. Jamie Moyer kept the Indians at bay with one run in six innings, and the trio of Jeff Nelson, Arthur Rhodes, and Kazuhiro Sasaki sealed the deal out of the bullpen. The Indians scored their only run in the seventh on a bases-loaded double play from Marty Cordova off Jeff Nelson.
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Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio
| WP: CC Sabathia (1–0) LP: Aaron Sele (0–1)|
CLE: Juan González (1), Kenny Lofton (1), Jim Thome (1)
The Mariners drew first blood early on after a bases-loaded walk by John Olerud off CC Sabathia drove in a run, but Seattle would not score again until the seventh on Ichiro Suzuki's RBI single with two on. Sabathia pitched six innings while four Indian relieves held the Mariners scoreless over the final three innings. In the bottom of the first, a one-out single by Omar Vizquel off Aaron Sele was followed by an RBI double by Roberto Alomar and RBI single by Juan González. Next inning, an error and single was followed by Vizquel's two-run triple, both runs unearned. Next inning, reliever Paul Abbott allowed a leadoff home run to Gonzalez, then after two strikeouts and two singles, Einar Diaz drove in a run with a single. A walk loaded the bases before Vizquel's single and Alomar's walk made it 8–1. Abbott pitched a scoreless fourth before allowing a home run to Kenny Lofton in the fifth. Next inning, Jim Thome's leadoff home run made it 10–1. After walking two, John Halama relieved Abbott and allowed an RBI single to Jolbert Cabrera and sacrifice fly to Lofton. Sele was charged with four runs on five hits in two innings while Abbott was charged with eight runs on nine hits and five walks in three innings, but the Indians piled on in the eighth off Jose Paniagua, who after getting two outs, loaded the bases on a hit-by-pitch and two walks. Vizquel cleared them with a double before back-to-back RBI doubles by Alomar and Gonzalez capped the scoring at 17–2. Up two games to one in this series, the Indians were ready to pull one of the greatest upsets in sports history.
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Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio
| WP: Freddy García (1–1) LP: Bartolo Colón (1–1)|
SEA: Edgar Martínez (2)
CLE: Juan González (2)
The Mariners, in a do-or-die spot, called on Freddy García to go up against Bartolo Colón in a Game 1 rematch. Garcia allowed a leadoff home run to Juan Gonzalez in the second while Colon pitched six shutout innings, but allowed two walks and a single to load the bases in the seventh. A sacrifice fly by David Bell tied the game, then back-to-back RBI singles by Ichiro Suzuki, and Mark McLemore put the Mariners up 3–1. Travis Fryman's groundout with runners on first and third off Jeff Nelson cut the lead to 3–2, but Seattle got that run back on Mike Cameron's RBI double in the eighth off Danys Baez, then Edgar Martínez's two-run home run off Paul Shuey in the ninth put the Mariners up 6–2. Kazuhiro Sasaki retired the Indians in order in the bottom of the inning, forcing a Game 5 in Seattle.
Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington
|WP: Jamie Moyer (2–0) LP: Chuck Finley (0–2) Sv: Kazuhiro Sasaki (1)|
In a must-win game for both sides, Seattle came out on top and advanced to the ALCS for the third time in their history, and avenged their loss to the Indians in the 1995 ALCS. The difference came in the second inning, when Mark McLemore knocked in two runs on a bases-loaded single off Chuck Finley. Jamie Moyer got his second win of the series by pitching six innings while giving up only one run on Kenny Lofton's RBI single with two on in the third. Edgar Martínez's RBI single in the seventh off Ricardo Rincon scored Ichiro Suzuki from second and put the Mariners up 3–1, the final.
For the Indians, it marked the third time in six seasons they had lost the ALDS, following defeats in 1996 and 1999. Cleveland, a perennial playoff team throughout the late 1990s, would not return to the postseason until 2007.
To date, this is the Mariners most recent playoff series win.
2001 ALDS (3–2): Seattle Mariners over Cleveland Indians
|Total attendance: 234,046 Average attendance: 46,809|
Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York
| WP: Mark Mulder (1–0) LP: Roger Clemens (0–1) Sv: Jason Isringhausen (1)|
OAK: Terrence Long 2 (2), Jason Giambi (1)
NYY: Tino Martinez (1)
Roger Clemens, coming off a 20–3 regular season record, struggled in Game 1, lasting four innings while giving up two runs. Johnny Damon singled to lead off the first, stole second, moved to third on a groundout, and scored on Jason Giambi's sacrifice fly. Terrence Long then homered in the fourth.
The Yankees got on the board in the fifth when Alfonso Soriano singled with two outs off Mark Mulder, stole second, and scored on Chuck Knoblauch's single.
Sterling Hitchcock, Clemens' replacement, gave up two more runs, home runs to Jason Giambi in the seventh and Terrence Long's second of the game in the eighth. Jay Witasick relieved Hitchcock and walked Ramón Hernández. Frank Menechino hit into a forceout, moved to third on Damon's single and scored on Miguel Tejada's sacrifice fly.
The Yankees trailed 5–1 in the bottom of the eighth when Bernie Williams singled with one out off Jim Mecir, then Tino Martinez blasted a two-run home run that brought them within two. Jason Isringhausen, however, sat the Yankees down in order in the bottom of the ninth for Oakland.
Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York
| WP: Tim Hudson (1–0) LP: Andy Pettitte (0–1) Sv: Jason Isringhausen (2)|
OAK: Ron Gant (1)
With Paul McCartney in the crowd, Andy Pettitte pitched well in Game 2, giving up one run in six innings, but Tim Hudson pitched better, pitching eight shutout innings. Oakland scored first on a Ron Gant homer in the fourth---just as McCartney was shown on tv---and tacked on an insurance run off Mariano Rivera in the top of the ninth when Johnny Damon tripled with one out and scored on Scott Brosius's error. Jason Isringhausen got the save for the second straight night as the Yankees got the first two runners on base before wasting three opportunities to tie or win it.
The Yankees were now in a two games to none hole and the Athletics were just one win away from advancing to the ALCS for the first time since 1992.
Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland, California
| WP: Mike Mussina (1–0) LP: Barry Zito (0–1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)|
NYY: Jorge Posada (1)
This series is notable for a defensive play in the seventh inning of Game 3. With Oakland leading the five-game series two games to none, on the verge of completing a sweep, the Yankees took a 1–0 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning behind a strong performance from Mike Mussina and Jorge Posada's home run in the fifth (Shane Spencer followed with a double for the Yankees' only other hit of the game). With two outs and Jeremy Giambi on first base, Terrence Long hit a line drive into the right field corner. With Giambi rounding third base, right fielder Shane Spencer's throw missed both cut-off men. It appeared that Giambi would score easily, tying the game, when the shortstop Derek Jeter, while running across the diamond, reached out, cradled the ball, and shovel passed it to catcher Jorge Posada. Posada tagged Giambi, who attempted to jump over the tag as opposed to sliding around it. ESPN ranks this play as the 45th most memorable moment of the last 25 years. It would be replayed countless times over the following years, most recently as part of filmmaker Ken Burns's documentary The Tenth Inning in late September 2010. After the game, Jeter told the press that the team had been practicing this type of play all year as a result of a similarly botched throw in spring training. According to Jeter, the idea of stationing the shortstop down the first base line on balls hit to deep right field came from Yankee bench coach Don Zimmer, who was a shortstop and second baseman during his playing career; however, he stated that his initial intent was to throw the ball to third to try to get Long, and that his throw home was a reaction play. Zimmer confirmed the origin of the play's design in a conversation with Oakland's third base coach Ron Washington the next day.
This single play is often credited with changing the momentum of the series as the Yankees' win forced a Game 4.
Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland, California
|WP: Orlando Hernández (1–0) LP: Cory Lidle (0–1)|
With the momentum of the dramatic Game 3 on their side, the Yankees attacked early. In the second with runners on first and second on two walks, Oakland second baseman F.P. Santangelo's error on Paul O'Neill's ground ball scored a run, then Scott Brosius's ground out scored another. Next inning, the Yankees made it 4–0 on Bernie Williams's two run double. In the bottom of the inning with runners on first and second, Terrance Long's scored a run, then after a wild pitch, Jeremy Giambi's groundout scored another. However, Orlando Hernández would allow no other runs and pitched 5 2⁄3 and Mike Stanton and Ramiro Mendoza sealed the deal out of the bullpen. In the fourth, O'Neill hit a leadoff double, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on Alfonso Soriano's single, knocking Cory Lidle out after 3 1⁄3 innings. Erik Hiljus walked two with two outs to load the bases, then Williams hit a two-run single off Mike Magnante. In the ninth, David Justice tripled with one out off Jeff Tam and scored on Williams' double, his fifth RBI of the game. After moving to third on a groundout, he scored on Jorge Posada's single as the Yankees 9–2 win forced a Game 5 in New York.
Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York
| WP: Mike Stanton (1–0) LP: Mark Mulder (1–1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (2)|
NYY: David Justice (1)
In Game 5, RBI singles by Jason Giambi in the first and Jeremy Giambi in the second off Roger Clemens, both coming after leadoff doubles, put Oakland up 2–0. In the bottom of the second, the Yankees loaded the bases off Mark Mulder on two singles and a hit-by-pitch before Alfonso Soriano's two-run single tied the game. Next inning, two errors by Oakland allowed the Yankees to go up 3–2. Next inning, Chuck Knoblauch hit a leadoff single, reached second on an error, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on Derek Jeter's sacrifice fly. The A's cut the Yankees lead to 4–3 on Jason Giambi's single with two on off Mike Stanton, but the Yankees got that run back off Tim Hudson on David Justice's home run in the sixth. Roger Clemens pitched just 4 1⁄3 innings, but the bullpen pitched well as Mariano Rivera closed it out to send the Yankees to the ALCS for the fourth straight season.
For Oakland, it marked the second straight season they lost the ALDS to the Yankees in five games. The Yankees became the first MLB team to win a division series after losing the first two games at home. The San Francisco Giants would follow in 2012 and Toronto Blue Jays in 2015.
Jeter also made another spectacular play (again with Terrence Long batting) that is often overlooked. In the top of the eighth inning of Game 5, Long hit a towering foul pop up in a two-run game. Jeter, running and following the ball at the same time made a backhanded grab and then turning his body, flipped into the stands. For a moment, no one knew if the ball had been caught. Here is Thom Brennaman's call of the play on Fox television:
"1-1 to Terrence Long. Popped up, third base side, Brosius and Jeter both over. JETER...DID HE GET IT?! DID HE GET IT?! DID HE GET IT?! HE GOT IT! HE GOT IT! They throw to second; the runner tags and he's safe. Or are they saying he didn't get it? Now they're appealing; the first base umpire didn't know if Jeter caught it, had to ask the second base umpire and they said he caught it."
Jeter would continue to play in the postseason despite a slight leg injury from the tumble.
2001 ALDS (3–2): New York Yankees over Oakland Athletics
|New York Yankees||0||4||3||4||2||1||0||2||2||18||40||4|
|Total attendance: 269,565 Average attendance: 53,913|
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