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History Highlights for October 31

Tino Martinez drilled the first pitch he saw from Byung-Hyun Kim for a two-run, two-out, bottom-of-the-ninth, game-tying World Series home run in Game 4 of the 2001 World Series on October 31. The sense of the unreal and the impossible was heightened by the fact that Kim had looked untouchable until then. He struck out the side in order in the eighth, retired Derek Jeter on a grounder to start the ninth, and recovered from allowing a six-pitch single the other way to Paul O’Neill by whiffing Bernie Williams on three pitches. The Yanks prevailed, 4-3 when “Mr. November,” Derek Jeter, homered to right on the ninth pitch of a two-out at bat in the 10th inning. Continue reading

History Highlights for October 26

Joe G’s Best (and Worst) Day: In a generally great day in Yankee history, but one that has been tough for the just fired Yankee manager this year, it’s fitting that we acknowledge Joe Girardi‘s booming triple in the spine-tingling 3-2 Jimmy Key win over Greg Maddux and the Braves in Game 6 of the World Series, on October 26, 1996. It was the first Yankee Series win since 1978. Continue reading

Don’t Call It A Rebuild…

Any other time the Yankees have made the post season and lost, I’ve felt a major disappointment. I mean, we are Yankee fans, so if we make the post season of course we feel anything less then winning a World Series seems unacceptable.

Then a funny thing happened on the way to rebuilding… We called up a bunch of Baby Bombers and wound up in the ALCS. Say What? Yes, we wound up in the ALCS during a season which was suppose to be part of a rebuild. Continue reading

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