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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.

Yankees fail with RISP once again, lose to White Sox 8-2

The Yankees fell against the White Sox 8-2 in the series opener in Chicago. The game was tied going into the fifth inning when Brett Lawrie hit a sacrifice fly to give the Sox a lead that would not be overcome. Immediately after, Dioner Navarro hit a liner over the left field wall for a two run home run to give the White Sox a 5-2 lead.

AP Photo/Jeff Haynes

The Yankees only runs came in the second inning. Starlin Castro, who was 4-for-4 on the day, singled with one out. Then, with two outs and a runner on, Chase Headley homered to right for two runs.

New York left eleven runners stranded on base as a team. They were 0-for-13 as a team with runners in scoring position. Didi Gregorius and Aaron Hicks left a combined thirteen runners on base by themselves.

It was not one of CC Sabathia’s better games today, as he finished with a line of 6.0 innings pitched, eight hits, and five earned runs allowed. Luis Cessa replaced him in the seventh and gave up two runs on four hits.

AP Photo/Jeff Haynes

Didi Gregorius had three errors today, two fielding and one throwing, but only one error actually led to the White Sox scoring, which was in the eighth inning. The White Sox also made three errors as a team which the Yankees did not capitalize on.

Winning Pitcher: James Shields (4-9, 5.67 ERA): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Losing Pitcher: CC Sabathia (5-6, 3.48 ERA): 6.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 2 HR
Todd Frazier: 3-for-3, 2 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI
Tim Anderson: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI
Starlin Castro: 4-for-4, 2 2B, 1 R

Recap by Greg Wilson

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