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One of the Yes Network's most aired shows are their Yankee Classics.  Generally, during the regular season on off days and mornings before a game when there was none the day before, you can catch the Yankees Classics.  Then they fill up a lot of the schedule with them during the off-season.  As a Yankee fan, I think it's a great idea, although the ranking of some games as "Classics" can sometimes be questions.

Well, this is an attempt to log as many of the Yankee Classics that have been shown including some commentary and rankings on whether they really are classics or...not so much.

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Regular Season vs. Boston Red Sox
The One-Game Playoff
Monday, October 02, 1978
Final Score: 5-4
Yankee Classic Rating (1 low to 10 high): 10
The classic to end all classics.  And from my recollection the first Yankee Classic.  They even used to air the replay of this game on MSG in the days before YES.  What can I say about this game except that it's a classic in every sense of the word.  People still talk about this game as if it were last week.  There are classic players (Ron Guidry, Reggie Jackson, Thruman Munson, Rich Gossage, Jim Rice, Carlton Fisk, Carl Yastrzemski, just to name a few), unforgettable moments and still to this day incredible drama.

This is far and away the most re-watchable of all Yankee Classics and most likely one that will remain so for generations to come.  That's thanks mostly attributable to the fact that the tension still exists. The line drive lost in the sun and subsequent unbelievable play by Lou Piniella to save the game in the ninth and the wonder why Rick Burleson didn't go to third.  Of course the match-up of Gossage and Yaz for the final out.  Basically the whole game from start to finish.

Yankee haters may argue that this game has lost some of its appeal after the Red Sox finally won the World Series in 2004.  Those people couldn't be more incorrect.  Despite what happened in 2004, subsequent meetings between the clubs has proven Boston still has the inferiority complex they believed would be washed away by one championship.  Plus, fans in the know understand the feelings between the two teams at the time.  Nowadays, the rivalry it hottest in the stands and for the most part ends there.  Back then, there was bad blood between the two teams on the field, in the stands, in the press and in the city streets.  The one game playoff in 1978 was the pinnacle of the rivalry that hadn't been approached again (though not quite matched) until 2003.  (1999 doesn't count because Boston just wasn't that good that season.)

To sum up.  If you're a baseball fan and this game is on and you have a chance to watch it, it should be your duty to do so.

Goose Gossage Recalls the Game
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