What happened on July 24, 2004, can be partially credited with turning around the Boston Red Sox’s season — which culminated in the team’s first World Series win in 86 years.
The Red Sox faced the New York Yankees at Fenway Park, and emotions ran high when New York’s Alex Rodriguez was hit by a pitch from Boston pitcher Bronson Arroyo in the third inning. The plunking spurred a bench-clearing brawl, resulting in two ejections.
The game was an emotional one in which the Red Sox overcame a five-run deficit to pull out a win with Bill Mueller’s walk-off home run off Mariano Rivera. The rest, as they say, is history.
Re-live the brawl in the NESN 30 video above.