Throwback: Mike Mussina tosses three scoreless innings in 2003 ALCS

With the Hall of Fame announcements just around the corner (I’ll make a mock HOF ballot piece within the next few days), I thought I would use this week’s Throwback for a pitcher that should be in the Hall of Fame but isn’t: Mike Mussina.

Before we begin, I normally don’t like talking about 2003 and 2004 (I tend to joke the 2004 season never happened and we went straight from 2003 to 2005), but for this clip I had to talk about 2003. Why? Because Mike Mussina came out of the bullpen during Game 7 of the ALCS and pitched three scoreless innings after he went 0-2 as a starter in the series and kept the Yankees in the game. The 2003 ALCS ended with a walk-off homer by Aaron Boone, propelling the Yankees to the 2003 World Series.

Hopefully Mussina garners enough of the HOF vote this year because I could watch clips of him pitch over and over.

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2 Responses to Throwback: Mike Mussina tosses three scoreless innings in 2003 ALCS

  1. Kevin S says:

    Mussina should be a HOFer based more on his performance with the Orioles than the Yanks. He had great postseason moments with the Yanks but also had ugly ones–great game in 2003 WS, ugly Game 5 in 2005 DS. I think he was fun to watch but wasn't dominant enough consistently for a #1 starter making $19 mil. A very good pitcher, though. One odd moment I'll remember is a shutout he pitched against the Orioles in June 2005 to end a Yankee losing streak that had dropped the team record to 19-30. From that point the team rebounded to win 95 games. And the 2008 season was magical. For three years he was exceptional in a Yankees uniform, three years good and two just average.
    Always a competitor, though and rarely hurt. A very good signing for the Yanks, even if he never won a title.

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      Agreed, Kevin.

      Personally I don't care what uniform Mussina wears, just as long as he gets in the HOF. He deserved to get in last year.

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