The Last Night Of The Yankee Dynasty

The Last Night Of The Yankee Dynasty

The Game, The Team, And The Cost Of Greatness

eBook - 2009
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For six extraordinary years around the turn of the millennium, the Yankees were baseball's unstoppable force, with players such as Paul O'Neill, Derek Jeter, and Mariano Rivera. But for the players and the coaches, baseball Yankees-style was also an almost unbearable pressure cooker of anxiety, expectation, and infighting. With owner George Steinbrenner at the controls, the Yankees money machine spun out of control. In this new edition of The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty, Buster Olney tracks the Yankees through these exciting and tumultuous seasons, updating his insightful portrait with a new introduction that walks readers through Steinbrenner's departure from power, Joe Torre's departure from the team, the continued failure of the Yankees to succeed in the postseason, and the rise of Hank Steinbrenner. With an insider's familiarity with the game, Olney reveals what may have been an inevitable fall that last night of the Yankee dynasty, and its powerful aftermath.
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[United States]:, Harper Collins Publishers ,, 2009
ISBN: 9780061981081
0061981087
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Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Jan 17, 2016

In 1990, the New York Yankees under George Steinbrenner finished dead last in the AL East and were considered by many to be the laughingstock of baseball. Ten years later, they had morphed into a juggernaut, winning four World Series rings, including one for a 1998 season that was arguably the greatest in MLB history. Documenting this seismic shift, Buster Olney devotes a chapter to each player and manager that contributed in building one of baseball's greatest dynasties, which began to unravel after a heartbreaking loss to Arizona in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series. What I really liked about this book is that it dispels the erroneous claims that the Yankees bought their way to greatness. Contrary to popular belief, during that dominant era, the franchise's backbone consisted of mostly homegrown talent (Jeter, Pettite, Williams, Rivera, Posada) mixed with players that were considered past their prime and of little value to other teams (Strawberry, Wells, Gooden, O'Neill). Of course, being a Blue Jays fan, it was interesting to note that in addition to the boorish David Wells, three of Toronto's best aces (Cone, Key & Clemens) were instrumental in getting the Yankees over the hump. Great book for baseball fans that will shatter a lot of preconceived notions about the so-called "Evil Empire."

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