Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Recapping Yankees Postseason History: The 1998 Season

What could I possibly say about the 1998 Yankees that hasn't been beaten into the ground for the past almost 20 seasons? The 1998 Yankees were one of the best teams in all of Major League Baseball. Wins and losses aside this team was the true definition of a team. They played defense, they pitched, they hit in the clutch, they could slug your brains in one night and win 1-0 the next night. They played small ball, they moved runners over and they always had their head in the game. The Yankees never beat themselves in 1998 and hardly anyone could beat them either.

The Yankees lost one game in the 1998 postseason en route to sweeping the San Diego Padres in the World Series. See that final game here tonight. Happy Monday, and enjoy.

This Day in New York Yankees History 10/18: Mr. October

Reggie Jackson was brought in by owner George Steinbrenner to propel the Yankees to their first World Series title in what felt like forever, and that he did. On this day in 1977 Reggie hit three home runs on three consecutive pitches in the World Series in the clinching game of the Yankees 21st World Series title. The nickname Mr. October stuck immediately as he had hit a home run in his last at bat of the previous game as well making for four consecutive home runs across two games.

Also on this day in 1960 a mere five days after losing the World Series to Bill Mazeroski and the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 7 of the World Series manager Casey Stengel was fired. The Yankees cited the fact that Stengel was too old to manage in which Stengel replied “I’ll never make the mistake of being 70 again.”