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Justice prevails for Yankees

October 18, 2000

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— Upper deck swaying, sound effects blaring. The mayor standing and clapping in the front row, fans in the bleachers shouting and going crazy.

Late innings, game on the line. A trip to the World Series at stake.

Pressure?

David Justice never shook.

Justice, who has played in more postseason games than anyone in baseball history, hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning Tuesday night that sent the New York Yankees over Seattle, 9-7.

Not only did the drive clinch the AL championship series in Game 6, it earned him the MVP trophy.

"Just to see this place explode, we really needed it," he said.

He started the night hitting only .190 in the ALCS, but made up for all that with one swing.

Justice, at last!

Having missed out on Juan Gonzalez and Sammy Sosa earlier this season, the Yankees got Justice on June 29 from the Cleveland Indians for outfielder Ricky Ledee and two young pitchers, hoping he might deliver some big hits.

Had he ever hit a ball harder?

"I don't think in a pressure situation in a game this big, no," he said.

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