Some might rank Damon's second-inning blast, which came as the first batter to face Yankees reliever Javier Vazquez after a putrid performance by starter Kevin Brown, a few notches down this list. Here's why it deserves this bronze-medalist perch: It allowed Red Sox fans to finally exhale, to enjoy the realization that overcoming the Yankees in the most spectacular and improbable way possible was really going to happen. Ghosts, demons, and curses, Grady, Boone, and Bucky -- at long last, they would relegated to irrelevence, and the Red Sox' tortured history would no longer hang ominously over the present. Damon's shot turned a 2-0 game into a 6-0 game, but it did so much more than that. It told us that a seismic change was underway.
(Globe File Photo / Barry Chin)