Rodriguez On Yankee Stadium: "It Was Scary"

Ivan Rodriguez looked back on the Marlins' 2003 World Series title

The DA Show
July 12, 2018 - 12:02 pm

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Fifteen years ago, the Florida Marlins stunned the baseball world, beating the Giants, Cubs, and Yankees to win the 2003 World Series. The Marlins were underdogs in every round, but still found a way to win.

“We were the underdogs for sure,” Hall of Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez said on The DA Show. “Everybody expected the Giants to win the whole playoff and the World Series, and we was able to eliminate them in the first round in (four) games.”

Rodriguez, in fact, made the final out of that series, tagging J.T. Snow at the plate after a beautiful throw from Jeff Conine.

The Marlins then overcame a 3-1 series deficit against the Cubs in the NLCS and a 2-1 deficit against the Yankees in the World Series. 

“What I remember from that October was obviously we played the game hard, but we didn’t have nothing to lose,” Rodriguez said. “That’s why probably we ended up winning the World Series – because we did the little things. We played the game of baseball the right way. Obviously we had a great starting pitching staff, great starting pitchers.”

Including World Series MVP Josh Beckett and Brad Penny.

“Every single one of them throws hard and throws strikes and makes my job easier behind the plate,” Rodriguez said.

The Marlins won Games 1 and 6 at Yankee Stadium, and Rodriguez will never forget silencing the Yankee faithful in a 2-0 win to close out the series.

“It was scary, to be honest with you, because that crowd is always in the game,” Rodriguez said. “We silenced the crowd right in the first game right when we scored in the first inning against David Wells, and that was the whole World Series. We came to Miami and they beat us (in Game 3), but when we went back to New York, we had (Josh Beckett).”

Beckett, then 23, pitched a complete-game shutout in Game 6.

“When we have Josh Beckett asking for the ball with three days' rest, I knew we were going to end up winning that game,” Rodriguez sad. “It was special. I remember that we win there, we stayed four hours there, and it was a great ceremony, a great celebration to be in Yankee Stadium with our whole family. But the atmosphere was very silenced for sure, and when we left the ball park going to the hotel, it wasn’t no people, no cars in downtown. It was a little scary.”