8/10/12- Ibanez Singlehandedly Lifts New York Past O’s
With the ALDS tied at one between the Yankees and Baltimore Orioles, the Bombers looked lifeless in game three as they trailed 2-1 entering the ninth inning.
Slugger Alex Rodriguez was due up, but manager Joe Girardi optioned to go with Raul Ibanez, a questionable move until it paid off for the Yankees as he sent the stadium into a frenzy by shooting a game-tying home run into the seats in right to provide us with some “free baseball.”
That was cool in itself, but when he hit another home run in the 12th to throw the Yankees ahead 2-1 in the series? It was just flat-out insane.
Ibanez put on one of the greatest manifestations of playoff hitting on the biggest stage as the Yankees would go on to win the series 3-2 and keep their quest for title number 28 very much alive.