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Pinstriped glory, the greatest moments in Yankee history part four: The ’98 Yankees’ magnificent season

There are a few things about the Yankees that I’m very stubborn about, things that no matter how hard you debate with me I’ll just never change my mind on. For instance, Joe DiMaggio is the greatest baseball player the world has ever seen, if I ever have a son, I want him to grow up to be the man Lou Gehrig was, and the 1927 team is the greatest that baseball will ever see. However, while I am of the mindset the ’27 team is the greatest, there will never be a season more impressive than 1998. The team won 114 games in the regular season while losing only 48. They won the AL East by a mind boggling 22 games and went 11-2 in the playoffs sweeping the San Diego Padres in the World Series for the club’s 24th overall championship. Their win total regular season and postseason combined was 125 which is still a major league record to this day.

Post Jeter Era, Year 1

To this day I still remember where I was sitting when my dad called me to inform me that the great Derek Jeter was going to retire. I remember immediately buying memorabilia before the prices skyrocketed and I remember wondering how in the world were the New York Yankees going to survive without Derek Jeter? Without Captain Clutch? Without the captain who kept them all together? I was heartbroken even more so because I knew I would never be able to see him play shortstop again.

However now here we are just one short season after Derek Jeter left and just take a look at the standings. The Yankees are number one with a great chance of actually making it to the playoffs with the Red Sox all the way in last place (which is always nice to see).

Now the Yankees are not without their issues like continuously losing in extra innings which should not be happening. However it is nice to see that the team I know and love will not crumble without their Captain.

Now hopefully the Yankees can keep their place on top and make it back to the playoffs. I will never not miss watching Derek Jeter play, but I am glad to see the team I know and love so much play on and hopefully continue to be the powerhouse we all know they can be.

Article by: Kelsey Franklin
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