A timeline of the New York Yankees last World Series win.
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1998 World Series
The 1998 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) 1998 season. The 104th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the American League (AL) champion New York Yankees and the National League (NL) champion San Diego Padres. The Yankees swept the Padres in four games to win their 24th World Series championship, their second in three years. It was the first sweep of a National League team by an American League team since the Baltimore Orioles swept the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1966 World Series.
In the 1998 World Series, the Yankees faced the San Diego Padres. The Bombers won Game 1 3-0, with El Duque pitching a complete game shutout. This was the first time in World Series history that a team had shut out its opponent in the opening game.
In Game 2 of the 1998 World Series, the Yankees took on the Padres at Yankee Stadium. The game was a close one, with the Yankees winning 4-3. This was the first time in World Series history that two teams had played each other in back-to-back games.
The game started off well for the Yankees, with Bernie Williams scoring a home run in the bottom of the first inning. The Padres quickly answered back, however, with Tony Gwynn hitting a solo home run in the top of the second.
The score remained tied until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Tino Martinez hit a two-run home run to give the Yankees a 4-1 lead. The Padres responded with two runs in the top of the seventh, but that was all they would get as Mariano Rivera closed out the game for the Yankees to give them a 2-0 series lead.
In one of the most controversial moves in baseball history, Game 3 of the 1998 World Series is suspended with the score tied at 6 in the bottom of the 11th inning due to bad weather. The game is completed the next night, with the Yankees winning 5-4 in 12 innings.
1999 World Series
The Yankees last won the World Series in 1999. That year, they defeated the Atlanta Braves in four games. The Yankees clinched the series with a 3-2 victory in Game 4. Bernie Williams hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Yankees the win.
The first game of the 1999 World Series was played on October 17th at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees faced off against the Atlanta Braves, who were the defending champions. The Yankees won the game handily, with a final score of 6-1. Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada both hit home runs for the Yankees, while pitcher Orlando Hernandez pitched a complete game.
In Game 2 of the 1999 World Series, the Yankees won a classic pitcher’s duel by a score of 1–0. The game was played on October 21 at Yankee Stadium and was televised on Fox.
The starting pitchers were Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez for the Yankees and Kevin Brown for the Atlanta Braves. Brown pitched seven innings of shutout baseball, while Hernandez pitched eight innings of one-run ball.
The only run of the game came in the bottom of the eighth inning when Yankees second baseman Chuck Knoblauch hit a leadoff double, stole third base, and then scored on a sacrifice fly by right fielder Paul O’Neill.
The Braves had some close calls throughout the game, but they were unable to capitalize on them and ultimately fell short. This loss gave the Yankees a 2–0 lead in the series as it shifted to Atlanta for the next three games.
The “Cleveland five-run lead” game. What a game. The biggest comeback in postseason history. Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth, the Yankees score six runs to win it. Bernie Williams hits a two-run home run to put them ahead for good, 7-5. Afterward, Indians manager Mike Hargrove says, “That was as tough a loss as I’ve ever had.”
2000 World Series
The New York Yankees last won the World Series in 2000. They defeated the New York Mets in five games. The Yankees won the first two games of the series at Yankee Stadium. The Mets won the next two games at Shea Stadium. The Yankees won the decisive fifth game at Yankee Stadium.
Led by MVP Derek Jeter and ace pitcher Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, the Yankees won the first game of the 2000 World Series against the Mets, 4-3. Bernie Williams hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to win it for New York.
In Game 2, the Yankees won 9–6 to even the Series. Jeter homered off Kevin Brown in the first inning, but the Dodgers took a 3–1 lead on a home run by José Hernández in the bottom half. After Knoblauch’s RBI single in the second tied it, Robert Perez hit a go-ahead RBI double in the third. Brown again allowed a home run to Jeter in the fourth, giving the Yankees a 5–3 lead. Shawn Green hit a two-run homer off of Wells in the bottom half to tie it. In the fifth, Alfonso Soriano’s RBI single put New York up 6–5 before Hernández’s RBI force out tied it again at six. In bottom of seventh, after Jesse Orosco walked Bernie Williams to load the bases with one out, Joe Torre called on Mariano Rivera to relieve him and face Piazza. Rivera retired Piazza on an inning-ending fly out, stranding all three runners and preserving the tie score. In top of eighth inning, after Ramiro Mendoza issued a one-out walk to Lo Duca and then got Saenz to fly out for the second out, Torre called on Jeff Nelson to relieve him and face García. García singled past third baseman Scott Brosius into left field and Lo Duca advanced to second base on Error by left fielder Shane Spencer, leaving runners on first and second base with two outs for Anderson. After getting ahead of Anderson 0–2 in the count, Nelson threw four straight balls (one intentionally), walking Anderson and loading the bases for Ashby.”
In Game 3, the Yankees took an early lead with a three-run home run by Bernie Williams in the first inning. They added two more runs in the second on RBI singles by Jorge Posada and Tino Martinez. After the Mets scored one in the bottom of the second, the Yankees extended their lead to 6–1 with a three-run home run by Alfonso Soriano in the top of the third. The Mets closed to within 6–3 in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Jay Payton and a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Robin Ventura, but that would be as close as they would get. The Yankees added insurance runs on solo home runs by Shane Spencer in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively. In between those home runs, Mike Stanton pitched a scoreless seventh inning, and Mariano Rivera recorded his third save of the Series with a scoreless ninth. With the win, the Yankees took a 2–1 lead in the Series.