Most fans of Major League Baseball can remember the Fall of 1996. Back then, the New York Yankees were a far more lovable bunch (unless you were a Boston Red Sox fan). There was no clubhouse glittering with All-Star after All-Star, no recent history of dominance. New York did represent the American League also-rans as the 1995 Wild Card, but they floundered away a 2-0 lead in the Division Series to the Mariners. The Yanks proceeded to drop the next three games in Seattle and saw their season end on that memorable, game-winning slide from Ken Griffey, Jr. Subsequently, the face of the franchiseùDon Mattinglyùretired and left behind a rag-tag collection of unlikely heroes in 1996. The roster featured a prominent rookie in Derek Jeter, a couple second-year studs in Andy Pettitte and Mariano ...
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