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2001 American League Championship Series
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Team (Wins) Manager Season
New York Yankees (4) Joe Torre 95–65, .594, GA: 13½
Seattle Mariners (1) Lou Piniella 116–46, .716, GA: 14
Dates: October 17–October 22
MVP: Andy Pettitte (New York)
Television: Fox
TV announcers: Thom Brennaman and Steve Lyons (Games 1–2)
Joe Buck and Tim McCarver (Games 3–5)
Radio: ESPN
Radio announcers: Jon Miller and Joe Morgan
Umpires: Ed Montague, Wally Bell, Gary Cederstrom, Charlie Reliford, John Shulock, Tim Welke
ALDS: Seattle Mariners over Cleveland Indians (3–2)
  New York Yankees over Oakland Athletics (3–2)
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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 won an American League record 116 regular season games and had won their Division Series against the Cleveland Indians. The series had additional poignancy, coming immediately after downtown New York City was devastated by the events of September 11, 2001. (The series was played in late October due to Major League Baseball temporarily shutting down in the wake of the attacks).

Though the Mariners had home field advantage, unlike the 2000 ALCS where the Yankees had home field advantage, the Yankees' mystique after their miraculous comeback against Oakland proved too overpowering and the Yankees won the first two games in Seattle. The Mariners' manager, former Yankee player and manager Lou Piniella, guaranteed after Game 2 that the Mariners would win at least two of the next three games in New York to return the series to Seattle. However, he turned out to be wrong as the Yankees closed out the series in New York, beating the Mariners four games to one. The series ended with a 12–3 Yankees victory in Game 5.

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Summary

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Seattle Mariners vs. New York Yankees

New York wins the series, 4–1.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 17 New York Yankees – 4, Seattle Mariners – 2 Safeco Field 3:06 47,644[1]
2 October 18 New York Yankees – 3, Seattle Mariners – 2 Safeco Field 3:25 47,791[2] 
3 October 20 Seattle Mariners – 14, New York Yankees – 3 Yankee Stadium (I) 3:49 56,517[3] 
4 October 21 Seattle Mariners – 1, New York Yankees – 3 Yankee Stadium (I) 3:24 56,375[4] 
5 October 22 Seattle Mariners – 3, New York Yankees – 12 Yankee Stadium (I) 3:18 56,370[5]

Game summaries

Game 1

Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 4 9 0
Seattle 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 4 0

WP: Andy Pettitte (1–0)  LP: Aaron Sele (0–1)  SV: Mariano Rivera (1)  
HRs:  NYY – Paul O'Neill (1)

The Game 1 starting date was the latest date ever for a starting game of an ALCS.

Game 2

Thursday, October 18, 2001 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 9 1
Seattle 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0

WP: Mike Mussina (1–0)  LP: Freddy García (0–1)  SV: Mariano Rivera (2)  
HRs:  SEA – Stan Javier (1)

Game 3

Saturday, October 20, 2001 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle 0 0 0 0 2 7 2 1 2 14 15 0
New York 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 7 2

WP: Jamie Moyer (1–0)  LP: Orlando Hernández (0–1)  
HRs:  SEA – John Olerud (1), Bret Boone (1), Jay Buhner (1)  NYY – Bernie Williams (1)

Game 4

Sunday, October 21, 2001 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 4 0

WP: Mariano Rivera (1–0)  LP: Kazuhiro Sasaki (0–1)  
HRs:  SEA – Bret Boone (2)  NYY – Bernie Williams (2), Alfonso Soriano (1)

Game 5

Monday, October 22, 2001 at Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 9 1
New York 0 0 4 1 0 4 0 3 X 12 13 1

WP: Andy Pettitte (2–0)  LP: Aaron Sele (0–2)  
HRs:  NYY – Bernie Williams (3), Paul O'Neill (2), Tino Martinez (1)

Composite box

2001 ALCS (4–1): New York Yankees over Seattle Mariners

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 2 4 4 3 0 4 0 5 3 25 42 4
Seattle Mariners 0 0 0 2 3 7 5 2 3 22 36 1
Total attendance: 264,697   Average attendance: 52,939

Series quotes

Soriano into deep right, Ichiro back, at the wall...Yankees win!
FOX Sports Joe Buck calling Alfonso Soriano's dramatic walkoff home run in Game 4.
Before you guys start asking questions let me start by saying We're gonna be back here (Seattle) for Game 6, I told the people out there the same thing, I guarantee you we will be back here for Game 6.
A furious Mariners' manager Lou Piniella at the press conference room after Game 2 loss to the Yankees in Seattle.

Aftermath

The Yankees' streak of consecutive World Series wins ended at three, as they fell to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the World Series in seven games.

To date, the Mariners have not qualified for the playoffs again. However, their 116 wins remain a Major League record that has not been approached since.

Notes

External links

2001 Major League Baseball Postseason
2001 World Series
National League Championship Series
National League Division Series
Arizona Diamondbacks | St. Louis Cardinals
Atlanta Braves | Houston Astros
American League Championship Series
American League Division Series
New York Yankees | Oakland Athletics
Seattle Mariners | Cleveland Indians
2001 Major League Baseball season
American League | National League

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