What happened next remains a source of lore in New England. Roberts stole second off Mariano Rivera, scored the tying run on Bill Mueller’s single up the middle and the Red Sox won the game in extra innings. And they did not stop winning, completing an indelible comeback against the Yankees and sweeping St. Louis for their first World Series title in 86 years.
“As I took the field in Game 4 of the A.L.C.S., I had Maury’s voice in my head saying this is the moment that we’re talking about,” Roberts said in a recent interview. “So without Maury and his talking to me and talking through this, I don’t think I would have had the courage to do it. I know Maury was living vicariously through me in that moment.”
Roberts returns to Yankee Stadium in uniform on Monday for the first time since the Red Sox completed their comeback, this time as a rookie manager for the Dodgers. He wears No. 30, as he did when he played for the Dodgers, as a tribute to Wills. (Roberts wore No. 31 for the Red Sox.)
The Dodgers, though they carry the largest payroll in baseball, have seized first place this season in the National League West in an unexpected manner….