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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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World Series vs. New York Mets
Game One : Vizcaino's RBI Single in 12th Wins It
Saturday, October 21, 2000
Final Score: 4-3, 12 inn.
Yankee Classic Rating (1 low to 10 high): 10
I haven't had time to comment on this game.  Nor should I have to comment on why it's a worthy classic.  So, here's the play-by-play until I get around to the commentary:

For the record this was:
- The longest game (by time) in World Series history.
- Only one game longer (by innings) - 10-9-1916 was 14 innings.
- It was the 51st extra inning game in World Series history.


METS 1ST:
Andy Pettitte on the mound for the Yankees
Timo Perez grounded out (second to first)
Edgardo Alfonzo lined to right
Mike Piazza flied to right
0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Mets 0, Yankees 0.

YANKEES 1ST:
Al Leiter on the mound for the Mets
Chuck Knoblauch lined to center
Derek Jeter struck out
David Justice flied to left
0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Mets 0, Yankees 0.

METS 2ND:
Todd Zeile singled to left
Robin Ventura struck out
Benny Agbayani was called out on strikes
Jay Payton flied to center
0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Mets 0, Yankees 0.

YANKEES 2ND:
Bernie Williams grounded out (shortstop to first)
Tino Martinez singled to right
Posada forced Martinez (third to second)
Paul O'Neill singled to center [Posada to third]
Scott Brosius grounded out (first unassisted)
0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Mets 0, Yankees 0.

METS 3RD:
Todd Pratt was hit by a pitch
Mike Bordick out on a sacrifice bunt (pitcher to first) [Pratt to second]
Timo Perez popped to third
Edgardo Alfonzo grounded out (shortstop to first)
0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Mets 0, Yankees 0.

YANKEES 3RD:
Jose Vizcaino struck out
Chuck Knoblauch walked
Knoblauch was picked off and caught stealing second (pitcher to first to shortstop)
Jeter grounded out (third to first)
0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Mets 0, Yankees 0.

METS 4TH:
Mike Piazza singled to center
Mike Piazza was picked off and caught stealing second (pitcher to first to shortstop)
Todd Zeile grounded out (third to first) The ball was 2 feet foul and then rolled fair; Zeile did not run at first.  This play foreshadowed the Mets lackluster hustle throughout the game.
Robin Ventura grounded out (pitcher to first)
0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Mets 0, Yankees 0.

YANKEES 4TH:
David Justice flied to right
Bernie Williams struck out
Martinez struck out
0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Mets 0, Yankees 0.

METS 5TH:
Benny Agbayani doubled to left
Jay Payton grounded out (catcher unassisted); Payton never moved out of the batter's box and argued that he ball was foul even though it was clearly fair.
Todd Pratt was called out on strikes
Mike Bordick struck out
0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Mets 0, Yankees 0.

YANKEES 5TH:
Jorge Posada struck out
Paul O'Neill flied to left
Scott Brosius grounded out (shortstop to first)
0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Mets 0, Yankees 0.

METS 6TH:
Timo Perez singled to center
Edgardo Alfonzo popped to second
Mike Piazza flied to center
Todd Zeile doubled to left [Perez out at home (left to shortstop to catcher)] This is a play requiring some comment.  The ball actually hit the very top of the wall.  So much on top that it seems very possible the ball could have bounced either way (over the wall or back on the field.)  Lucky for the Yankees the ball bounced back on the field where Justice fielded it, fired to Derek Jeter who made a perfect relay throw to home to nail Timo Perez and end the inning.  Replays would show that Perez didn't exactly hustle all the way from first base, in fact breaking it down a little just after second base, assuming the ball was a home run.  This hesitation would prove costly not only in the inning, but in the game and, some might argue, proved to be the turning point of the Series.
0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Mets 0, Yankees 0.

YANKEES 6TH:
Jose Vizcaino singled to shortstop
On a bunt Chuck Knoblauch forced Vizcaino (pitcher to second)
Derek Jeter walked [Knoblauch to second]
David Justice doubled to center [Knoblauch scored, Jeter scored]
Bernie Williams was walked intentionally
Tino Martinez grounded out (first unassisted) [Justice to third, Williams to second];
Jorge Posada flied to center
2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Mets 0, Yankees 2.

METS 7TH:
Robin Ventura popped to second
Benny Agbayani singled to right
Jay Payton singled to center [Agbayani to second]
Todd Pratt walked [Agbayani to third, Payton to second]
BUBBA TRAMMELL BATTED FOR BORDICK
Bubba Trammell singled to left [Agbayani scored, Payton scored, Pratt to second]
On a bunt Timo Perez grounded out (pitcher to first) [Pratt to third, Trammell to second]
JEFF NELSON REPLACED PETTITTE (PITCHING)
Edgardo Alfonzo singled to third [Pratt scored, Trammell to third]
Mike Piazza flied to center
3 R, 4 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Mets 3, Yankees 2.

YANKEES 7TH:
KURT ABBOTT REPLACED BUBBA TRAMMELL (PLAYING SS)
Paul O'Neill was called out on strikes
Scott Brosius singled to center
Jose Vizcaino grounded out (third to first) [Brosius to second]
Chuck Knoblauch struck out
0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Mets 3, Yankees 2.

METS 8TH:
Todd Zeile popped to second
Robin Ventura popped to catcher
Benny Agbayani flied to right
0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Mets 3, Yankees 2.

YANKEES 8TH:
JOHN FRANCO REPLACED LEITER (PITCHING)
JOE MCEWING REPLACED BENNY AGBAYANI (PLAYING LF)
Derek Jeter singled to center (Extending a 10-game World Series hitting streak)
David Justice flied to center
Bernie Williams flied to right
Tino Martinez flied to center
0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Mets 3, Yankees 2.

METS 9TH:
MARIANO RIVERA REPLACED JEFF NELSON (PITCHING)
Jay Payton flied to right
Todd Pratt was hit by a pitch (Marking the fourth time a batter was hit twice in one World Series game)
Kurt Abbott doubled to right [Pratt to third]; (The ball was misplayed by Paul O'Neill and it went over his head)
The Yankees brought the infield in

Timo Perez grounded out (second to first); off Vizcaino's chest;
Edgardo Alfonzo struck out
0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Mets 3, Yankees 2.

YANKEES 9TH:
ARMANDO BENITEZ REPLACED JOHN FRANCO (PITCHING)
Posada flied to center
Paul O'Neill walked. This seems fairly ordinary, but in fact, the O'Neill at bat was Benitez' undoing.  Posada saw 7 pitches in his at bat before flying out.  O'Neill admitted he knew he would be overpowered by Benitez, so his strategy was to try and work a walk by continually fouling off pitches.  His plan worked not only in helping him get on base and start the rally, but tiring Benitez as well.  It was also known that Benitez was a hot-head and could easily be shaken by a tough at bat.  This proved to be true as well.
LUIS POLONIA BATTED FOR SCOTT BROSIUS
Luis Polonia singled to right [O'Neill to second]
Jose Vizcaino singled to left [O'Neill to third, Polonia to second]
Chuck Knoblauch out on a sacrifice fly to left [O'Neill scored]
Derek Jeter struck out
1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Mets 3, Yankees 3.

METS 10TH:
LUIS SOJO REPLACED LUIS POLONIA (PLAYING 3B)
Mike Piazza was called out on strikes
Todd Zeile was called out on strikes
Robin Ventura flied to center
0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Mets 3, Yankees 3.

YANKEES 10TH:
DENNIS COOK REPLACED ARMANDO BENITEZ (PITCHING)
David Justice walked
Bernie Williams walked [Justice to second]
CLAY BELLINGER RAN FOR JUSTICE;
GLENDON RUSCH REPLACED COOK (PITCHING)

Glendon Rusch threw a wild pitch [Bellinger to third, Williams to second]
The Mets bring the infield and outfield in
Tino Martinez flied to left
Jorge Posada was walked intentionally
Paul O'Neill grounded into a double play (second to shortstop to first) [Posada out at second]
0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Mets 3, Yankees 3.

METS 11TH:
CLAY BELLINGER STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING LF)
MIKE STANTON REPLACED RIVERA (PITCHING)

Joe McEwing flied to center
Jay Payton grounded out (third to first)
Todd Pratt struck out
0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Mets 3, Yankees 3.

YANKEES 11TH:
Luis Sojo grounded out (second to first)
Jose Vizcaino singled to right; Vizcaino took a big turn around 1B (1/3 way
to 2B); The throw in to 2B to was high and backed up by Ventura)

Chuck Knoblauch popped to catcher; (caught in front of the Yankees' dugout)
Jeter walked while Vizcaino advanced to third and Jeter advanced to second on a wild pitch [Jeter to second]
TURK WENDELL REPLACED GLENDON RUSCH (PITCHING)
GLENALLEN HILL BATTED FOR CLAY BELLINGER

Glenallen Hill flied to right
0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Mets 3, Yankees 3.

METS 12TH:
GLENALLEN HILL STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING LF) (Thank goodness no one hit a ball to him.)
Kurt Abbott flied to center
Timo Perez struck out
Edgardo Alfonzo struck out
0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Mets 3, Yankees 3.

YANKEES 12TH:
Bernie Williams grounded out (second to first)
Tino Martinez singled to right
Jorge Posada doubled to center [Martinez to third]; The ball rolled into the gap
Paul O'Neill was walked intentionally
Luis Sojo popped to catcher
Jose Vizcaino singled to left (Right down the left field line.) [Martinez scored, Posada to third, O'Neill to second]
1 R, 3 H, 0 E, 3 LOB.  Mets 3, Yankees 4.
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