It was the match-up everyone wanted: Curt Schilling, the Arizona workhorse, pitching on three days rest for the second time during the series, against his idol, Roger Clemens, the future hall-of-famer and the man Schilling credits with saving his career. It was the first match-up of 20-game winners in a World Series
Game 7 since 1985 when John Tudor (St. Louis) faced Bret Saberhagen (Kansas City). And it didn't disappoint.
The two battled into the seventh inning, tied 1-1, and finally rookie Alfonso Soriano's solo blast off Schilling in the eighth gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead. If the Diamondbacks were to win, it would have to be off Yankees ace closer Mariano Rivera, a daunting task indeed. But after two hits, an error, and a hit batter, Arizona had tied the score. And when slugger Luis Gonzalez blooped a single to left-centerfield, the Diamondbacks had won the best game of one of the best World Series in baseball history.