MLB’s Greatest Games: New York Yankees Postseason Heroics

| September 11, 2014

On Sunday, September 7th The New York Yankees organization and over 48,000 fans paid tribute to Derek Jeter and celebrated 20 seasons defined by class, sportsmanship, excellence and goosebumps-inducing moments. Former teammates and coaches were there to honor Jeter, along with his family and iconic figures like Cal Ripken, Jr. and Michael Jordan. His retirement ceremony was reflective of what is evident to lovers and haters of the Yankees alike– Derek Jeter is more than an icon for the pinstripes and for the city of New York, more than an icon for baseball even. He is a cultural icon respected by athletes and sports fans all over the world.

MLB’s Greatest Games: New York Yankees Postseason Heroics features four postseason games from 2000 and 2001 in which Derek Jeter’s playoff heroics are on display. From late-inning, game-winning homeruns to remarkable defensive plays, this 4-disc set highlights some of the great moments that established Jeter as one of the greatest clutch postseason players of all time.

The 2001 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks was among the most thrilling ever played– seven games of anxiety-ridden nail-biting and marveling over unbelievable, exciting twists and turns. From the stifling domination of Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling to the equally stifling 9th-inning collapses of Byung-hyun Kim, this series was one for all baseball fans to remember.

This collection also includes the 2000 World Series, which was more one-sided, but was electric and thrilling for that reason that both teams competing were from New York. The crosstown rivals finally had a meeting in October and the outcome was predictable.

That being said, this set is definitely for the over-indulgent Yankee fan. And THAT also being said– there is just so much for the Yankee fan to indulge in. It was in fact a DYNASTY, rivaling even the dynasties built by Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Berra and Mantle. There is nothing small or unremarkable about what was going on in the Bronx from 1996 to 2001.

As Derek Jeter’s career comes to an end that seems not likely to be where we all wish and hope and know it should be, the postseason, it is nice to have a reminder of who he is and why he has stood out so brightly among the others in the game. Is it to corny to say that Derek Jeter is a beacon? Well, he is. MLB’s Greatest Games: New York Yankees Postseason Heroics features some of the reasons why.

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