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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 drop season finale 2-1 to the Blue Jays

In the Yankees final regular season game, Jordan Montgomery capped off his solid rookie season pitching one-run ball over 5.1 innings, but the Yankees lineup of most backup players did little to nothing against the Blue Jays pitching as the team dropped the game 2-1.
Photo Credit: Kathy Willens | AP

The Yankees decided to rest a plethora of their projected postseason starters as they only have one day off before the ever-crucial Wild Card game and this showed due to their lack of offense. The Yankees failed to muster much against southpaw Brett Anderson who they absolutely crushed back in May when he pitched on the Cubs.

The Blue Jays started off the scoring when Jose Bautista, who may be playing his last game ever as a Blue Jay, hit a sacrifice fly to score Richard Urena. This was the lone run surrendered by Montgomery who allowed only three baserunners all afternoon. Adam Warren would come on to relieve Montgomery in the sixth inning marking his first appearance since the first of September. Warren pitched an inning of flawless baseball and struck out one.
Photo Credit: Kathy Willens | AP
The Yankees put up a fight as Matt Holliday tied the game with a solo-blast in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game at one run apiece.

Unfortunately the lead did not last long as a drop third strike, walk, and sac-bunt led up to an RBI groundout off the bat of Ryan Goins who barely got the ball to the pitcher mound, but hit it softly enough to score Refsynder. The Yankees failed to comeback for a second time and dropped the game 2-1.

The Yankees finished out their season at 91-71 as they won their most games since 2012. In a year where they were considered an inexperienced team and were a summer removed from a minor rebuild, the Yankees exceeded all expectations and unlike 20 other teams will not have todays game be their last of 2017. The BBB will have full playoff coverage for our reader and we sincerely appreciate all of your support over the course of the regular season.

Winning Pitcher: Danny Barners (3-6, 3.55 ERA) 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Losing Pitcher: Domingo German (0-1, 3.14 ERA) 1.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Save: Roberto Osuna (39)


Matt Holliday 1-4, 1 HR(19), 1 R, 1 RBI
Adam Warren 1 IP, 0 H, 1 K, 0 BB
Miguel Andujar 1-2, 1 2B

Article by: Ryan Thoms