He was playing second base when Mark Lemke popped to third baseman Charlie Hayes, giving the Yanks their first World Championship in 18 years. He played in 61 games and hit. He wasn’t bad by any stretch. Mariners baseball game in New York. We also believed in ourselves and knew what it took to win. What did it mean to you to become a Yankee?

But late in the month they caught fire; the “Refuse to Lose” M’s went on to win 24 out of 35, ending the regular season in a tie for first with the Angels. A little bit of pop, but he was a. Swing, and it’s a ground ball, and [Rizzs’s voice raises to a fever pitch] it gets on by Snow. Dan Uggla got a ring for He may have been the greatest defensive second baseman ever, but that doesn’t necessarily make you a Hall of Famer. What made that team so resilient? The following year, Sojo started out splitting time between second and short, at times playing alongside a promising year-old named Alex Rodriguez.

But late in the month they caught fire; the “Refuse sreies Lose” M’s went on to win 24 out of 35, ending the regular season in a tie for first with the Angels. There’s gotta be some negatives.

Inhe was inducted into the Venezuela Baseball Hall of Fame. Not classically athletic, he was a natural shortstop in the minorsbut took on an expanded role in emergency situations, initially and most commonly as a second basemanand eventually as a third basemanfirst baseman and left fielder as well. Seriew 25 runs batted in was his most as a Yankee.


You don’t really see that anymore.

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By Extra Mustard January 25, Batting second, he went 1-for-4 with a walk, an RBI groundout, and improbably enough a stolen base in a win. And an additional ring with the Red Sox in All game times are Eastern. The move made the manager look like a genius. Sojo speaks English, but his pronunciation of the language is wordl, and for the amusement of teammates, he would sometimes accentuate the imperfections.

An ode to Luis Sojo, whose career was even more magical than you remember

After I tripped we all met at the mound. He played in 61 games and hit. I was running to first with tears in my eyes after getting the hit. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos.

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After a career of being a role player, Sojo got a chance to play the hero in the clinching Game 5 of the Subway Series. Sojo would play intermittently, sometimes after weeks of sitting on the bench, and he luiw managed to do something significant with his awkward flailing swing, and then he would laugh about it.

Thank you for signing up! God gave me another opportunity. View all MLB Sites. In the American League Division Series against the Yankees, he played in all five games, going 5-for with 3 runs batted in. For further information, please contact customer service at or write to Sports Illustrated Customer Service Attention: The most trusted voice in sports delivered straight to your inbox.


Some of his great contributions came when going to the opposite field in hit and run situations and with infield hits. Do we really need more than 1 to justify that as silly? souo

People forget how much they had to overcome: Suddenly Sojo — a lumpy role player trapped in the body of a third base coach — was a hero both in Series lore and in his native Venezuela. Inhe played in 39 games, collecting only 13 hits, but proved productive, as he drove in nine runs.

I was in attendance on August 8Sojo’s return to pinstripes, and he drew a standing ovation on his first at-bat and then promptly singled “Luis, Luis! I thought he was a catcher. You currently have no favorite writers.

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How have you drawn on your experience under him in your management of the Tampa Yankees? If you weren’t, then a mostly reserve utility man who batted.

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