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Oct
26
2007

Time Machine: October 26, 1996

Things have been a bit bumpy in Yankee Land lately.

Joe Torre is gone and it seems like the Bomber brass is now torn between giving the reins over to Don Mattingly or Joe Girardi.  Hank Steinbrenner has been shooting his mouth off every chance he gets and has delivered some real doosies.  Here's a comment about Torre:

"Where was Joe's career in '95 when my dad hired him?  My dad was crucified for hiring him. Let's not forget what my dad did in giving him that opportunity -- and the great team he was handed."

Some advice to Yankee fans:

"I think the most important thing is, whoever we hire, give him a chance.  Because he's not getting the '96 Yankees.  He's getting a younger team, and for the most part, it's a transition period, so give him a little while."

His baseball philosophy:

"We want to win the World Series every year, but we're not stupid enough to think we can do it every year.  Like everybody else who has that goal, basically you've got to be patient."

Enough!  Let's go back in time, shall we?  A better time.  A simpler time.  A time when things made sense.  On this date in 1996, the Yankees captured their 23rd championship.  It was Torre's first season at the helm, Derek Jeter's rookie season and Year 1 without Don Mattingly.  But you knew that.  Here are a few names you may (or may not) have forgotten from that season:

Andy Fox.  Robert Eenhoorn.  Ruben Rivera.  Brian Boehringer.  Jim Mecir.  Dale Polley.

Don't believe those immortals played on that team?  Check out the roster.  To be fair, those guys weren't indispensable and some of them didn't even stay with the club for the entire year, but they all contributed.  Fox belted 3 homers for the Bombers in '96.  Eenhoorn manned second base during Dwight Gooden's no-hitter in May.  Rivera slapped a 10th inning game-winning single against the Orioles in late September that helped the Yanks put away Baltimore for the AL East crown.  Boehringer won a game during the ALDS.  Mecir picked up a win during the regular season.  So did Polley.

Yep, Hank was right.  The '96 roster was chock full o' superstars.

Anyway, I was 22-years-old when the Yanks won it all.  Old enough to really appreciate what I was watching and still young enough to jump around like a little kid when Charlie Hayes caught the final out.  It was the first time I witnessed a team I rooted for win it all.

Relive the memory with the box score from Game 6.   

Good times.

Here's hoping that more lie ahead.

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