In the face of unimaginable tragedy, one baseball team helped its city heal. The 2001 Yankees fell short of winning a World Series, but in the process they ended up giving the people of New York something much more powerful.
In the horrific attacks on September 11, 2001, 3,000 people lost their lives. Multiple sports leagues, including MLB, made the decision to suspend play across the country in the aftermath of the attacks. Six days later, the Yankees were in the middle of a playoffs chase, but resumed their season by taking the time to meet first responders and the families of those who died in the attacks.
The Yankees were coming off three World Series titles, but when the 2001 postseason kicked off, the team was transformed into underdogs. Though the odds were against them, they ended up advancing to a fourth World Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
They were two games behind by the time they made it back to Yankee Stadium — but the team swept all three of their home games. They went on to win the next game, tying the two teams for the series.
Unfortunately, the Yankees didn’t end up winning the next game, and the Diamondbacks went on to win the World Series. But the wins by the Yankees for three straight nights in the Bronx remain an unforgettable sports memory for grieving New Yorkers in 2001.