The New York Yankees Fall Classic Collector's Edition 1996-2001
is the perfect counterargument for Yankees fans who've gotten tired of cocky Red Sox fans bragging about their comprehensive 2004 World Series DVD set
. Sure, Boston finally broke its curse and in the process branded the Bronx Bombers as the greatest chokers in sports history. But let's not forget that it was the Yankees who won four of the last five World Series of the 20th century--1996, 1998, 1999, and 2000--and if this seven-disc set doesn't include every game of every series like the Red Sox set... well, that's because there are simply too many championships to cover here. What you get instead is a single complete World Series game from the four championship years, each on a single disc, and as originally broadcast on TV minus commercials: the 1996 game 4 vs. the Atlanta Braves, in which Jim Leyritz's late home run was the key to a big comeback; the 1998 game 3 vs. the San Diego Padres, in which Scott Brosius's two homers were the key to another late comeback; the 1999 game 3 vs. Atlanta, won by Chad Curtis's 10th-inning homer; and the 2000 "Subway series" game 5 clincher vs. the Mets. The fifth complete game included is the 2001 game 4 vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Yankees' late home runs off Byung Hyun-Kim are certainly part of great Yankee lore (and the 9/11 attacks that year made the Yankees a rare sympathetic figure), but when the usually automatic Mariano Rivera blew the save in game 7, the Yankees' dominating run ended, and many of the classiest Yanks such as Paul O'Neill began to retire.
Accompanying the five game discs are two bonus discs that contain the original Major League Baseball World Series highlight films from 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2000. They provide an hourlong overview of each series and are a reminder of the only way people used to be able to watch baseball on home video. Also included are a variety of other memorable clips from post-season and otherwise. For example, there's a two-minute clip of the famous "Jeter flip," which snuffed out an Oakland rally in the 2001 AL division series. There's a six-minute clip of Roger Clemens's 2000 playoff game against Seattle, which includes 15 third strikes, announcer reactions, and the high-and-tight pitch that knocked down then-Mariner Alex Rodriguez and was generally credited with setting the tone of the game. In addition, each disc comes with SleeveStats, incorporating box scores, inning-by-inning line scores, team rosters, and other factoids into the packaging. All in all, it's an amazing 14-hour keepsake of one of sports' greatest modern dynasties. --David Horiuchi
The five quintessential games that defined the beginning of a new era. Pinstripe Pride returns with this extraordinary collection of the Bronx Bombers greatest World Series games from one of the greatest chapters in Yankee history. Under the leadership of manager Joe Torre, Yankee baseball set a new standard of dominance across the Major Leagues. Relive the most amazing Yankee moments--Jim Leyritz blasting a clutch round-tripper off Braves closer Mark Wohlers, Scott Brosius becoming the 8th player in history to hit World Series home runs in back-to-back innings, Tino Martinez pushing Game 4 of the 2001 Fall Classic into extra innings, and Derek Jeter earning his title as "Mr. November" with the game-winning home run. The perfect companion to the ultimate baseball DVD experience are SleeveStats, offering dynamic official stats that provide trivia, game summaries, and player information right on each DVDs cover. Included in this dynamic piece of memorabilia are these complete games: 1996 World Series Game 4 vs. the Atlanta Braves, 1998 World Series Game 3 vs. the San Diego Padres, 1999 World Series Game 3 vs. the Atlanta Braves, 2000 World Series Game 5 vs. the New York Mets, 2001 World Series Game 4 vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks. PLUS two bonus discs featuring: 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2000 World Series Films. DVD Features: 2000 ALCS Game 4: Rockets Masterpiece; 2001 AL Pennant: Torres Toast; Doc Goodens No-Hitter Footage; David Wells Perfect Game Footage; David Cones Perfect Game Footage; 2001 ALDS: Jeters Game-Saving Flip; 1996 ALDS Game 2: Palmers E Provides Win; 2000 ALCS Games 6: Justice Rocks Rhodes; Pitch-by-Pitch: Leyritz vs. Wohlers; 1996 World Series: Last At-Bat; 2000 World Series Clubhouse Celebration; 1998 World Series MVP Trophy Presentation; 1999 World Series Trophy Presentation; Looking Back: ONeill Reflects on Last Game.