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In the wake of the terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington DC, and Shanksville, PA on September 11th 2001, who could possibly forget the 2001 Major League Baseball playoffs and World Series? Just two weeks after the horrific destruction of New York's World Trade Center and the toppling of our beloved Twin Towers, baseball returned to the Big Apple, proving America's resilience to the world and giving momentary respite to untold millions of grief-stricken Americans across the nation but especially to New Yorkers, many of whom were still in shock, grieving their lost family, friends and coworkers.

Well ahead of the second place Red Sox, the Yankees had already earned a playoff birth, but when they lost the first two games of the ALDS to the A's, it didn't seem to matter very much, as nothing really seemed to matter very much. There was a glimmer of hope when "BamTino" Martinez hit a late eighth inning home run in Game 2, but the real magic wouldn't materialize until the seventh inning of Game 3. Down 1-0 with two outs and Jeremy Giambi on first base, A's Terrance Long hit a line drive into right field. Shane Spencer retrieved the ball but misfired his throw, missing his cutoff and landing the ball somewhere in the infield. With Giambi rounding third, it appeared he would score easily, until, summoning the 1952 World Series Game 7 ghost of Billy Martin, Derek Jeter flew across the diamond, scooped the ball and flipped it to catcher Jorge Posada, who tagged Giambi's foot just as he crossed the plate, recording one of the most memorable outs in the history of the game. The play changed the momentum of the series, as the Yankees held on to win 1-0 and then returned to New York, where they took Game 4 on the back of Bernie Williams' 5 RBI, and then Game 5 as well, in which Jeter made yet another memorable play that is often overlooked due to the significance of "The Flip."

The American League Championship Series pinned the Yankees against the Seattle Mariners, who had set the MLB record for most wins in a season that year. Continuing their inspired momentum, however, the Yanks took the first two games in Seattle but lost Game 3 upon their return to New York. The magic that only baseball can provide rematerialized when the Yankees won Game 4 on a walk-off home run by Alfonso Soriano in the bottom of the 9th, and they then cruised to a 12-3 victory in Game 5, taking the ALCS and setting the stage for one of the most dramatic World Series in baseball history, which would include two extra-inning games and three ninth-inning comebacks, the most important of which was Luis Gonzalez's famous walk-off bloop hit off Mariano Rivera in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7. By that point, however, it hardly seemed to matter to New York fans and to those watching the Series across the country, as the National Pastime had further entrenched itself in American culture and in the hearts and minds of its people, helping a devastated nation begin, however slowly and surely, to heal.

Offered in this lot is an exceptional relic from that memorable Game 7, one of the two on-deck batting circles used by either the Yankees or the Diamondbacks (we are unable to discern which). The item, which resembles a heavy gym mat, measures just under 5' in diameter and comes with a letter of authenticity from the MLB Authentication Program as well as a hologram affixed to the mat, although the hologram has been mildly damaged. An outstanding presentation piece with a terrific story behind it, the offered 2001 World Series Game 7 On-Deck Circle would look great embedded in a specially designed sunken floor or perhaps even encased in a poker or other table. Thanks, as always, for reading, Merry Christmas, and God bless the USA!

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Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium: $470
Number Bids: 24
Auction closed on Sunday, January 5, 2014.
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