The ending of the Sept. 28 right-to-a-wild-card games between the Boston Red Sox and the Orioles, and between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Yankees, belongs in the Guinness Book of Records. After nearly six months of baseball, the race boiled down to an exciting three-minute interval.
Both teams were vying for a chance to compete for a wild card spot in the playoffs. The Red Sox had a nine-game lead over the Rays at one point, but were tied with them, a situation that would lead to a playoff. But a win by the Sox and a loss by the Rays guaranteed the Sox the wild card spot. So they were no doubt ecstatic when the out-of-town scoreboard showed the Yankees leading the Rays 7-0. However, Red Sox alarm soon set in when the Rays, with home runs and other timely hits, got 7 runs to amazingly tie the Yankees.