October 21, 2000: Game One of the World Series
|Date: Saturday October 22, 2000|
|Mets starter: Al Leiter|
|Winning pitcher: Mike Stanton|
|Key player(s): Jose Vizciano, Chuck Knoblauch|
|Key play: Vizcian's game-winning RBI single|
The Mets and Yankees faced each other in the World Series for the first time in history and first "Subway Series" since 1956. The Mets were looking for their third franchise world title and first since 1986 while the Yankees were looking for their fourth in five years.
Al Leiter got the start for the Mets while Andy Pettitte started for the Yankees. Game One was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth when Jose Vizciano hit a leadoff single off of Leiter. Chuck Knoblauch then bunted into a forceout at second before Leiter walked Derek Jeter. David Justice then doubled to center, bringing home both Knoblauch and Jeter to put the Yankees up 2-0. After intentionally walking, Bernie Williams, Leiter got Tino Martinez to ground out and Jorge Posada to fly out to end the inning.
In the top of the seventh, Benny Agbayani and Jay Payton hit consecutive one-out singles off of Pettitte. Todd Pratt then walked to load the bases before Bubba Trammell's two-run single tied the game. After Timo Perez's sacrifice bunt moved Pratt and Trammell one base each, Jeff Nelson relieved Pettite and gave up a single to Edgardo Alfonzo that scored Pratt, putting the Mets up 3-2.
Leiter and John Franco held the Yankees scoreless in the next two innings and Nelson and Mariano Rivera did the same to the Mets. In the bottom of the ninth, Armando Benitez was bought up to the close the game, but after getting Jorge Posada to fly out, walked Paul O'Neil before consecutive singles from Luis Polonia and Jose Vizciano loaded the bases for the Yankees. They tied the game on Chuck Knoblauch's sacrifice fly, handing Benitez a blown save, before Derek Jeter struck out to force extra innings.
The Mets were retired in order over the next three innings while the Yankees stranded two in both the 10th and 11th. In the bottom of the 12th, Turk Wendell allows the Yankees to load the bases with one out on a single by Tino Martinez, double by Bernie Williams, and intentional walk to Paul O'Neil. After Luis Sojo pops out in foul territory, Jose Vizciano hits a line drive single to left that scores Martinez, giving the Yankees a 4-3 win and 1-0 series lead.