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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. Pittsburgh Pirates
"Rocket Relaunch"
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Final Score: 9-3
Yankee Classic Rating (1 low to 10 high): 1
A hype job if ever there was one.  Roger Clemens supposedly "retired" after the 2003 season.  Instead, he decided to suit up one more year for the Astros in 2004, then become a mercenary free agent after that.  That meant waiting until the season began, staying in shape, then deciding which team he might have the best chance at reaching the postseason with.

In 2005 and 2006 it was the Astros, which made sense since he was allowed to hang with his family and watch his sons play little league and high school ball on days where he wasn't pitching.  Basically, it was a sort of "semi-retirement" I guess.

Then came 2007.  To much fanfare, Clemens chose to provide his services to the Yankees.  This is the game where he made his first start for the 2007 Yankees.  That's it.  He was good, not great as he surrendered a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning to a rather weak hitting Pirate club that would go on to get swept by the Yankees on this particular weekend.

The Yankees did score a run in the fifth and two in the sixth, seventh and one more in the eighth to make it a laugher.  Since Clemens pitched through the sixth, he hung around long enough to get the win and struck out seven along the way.

Unless you are a serious Roger Clemens fan, there's no other reason you could possibly want to watch this game.  There's no drama at all in this game.  There's a struggling Yankee offense breaking out for one day. There's the 26-36 Pittsburgh Pirates heading for another sub-.500 season.  And finally, there's the Yankee hype-machine blowing Roger Clemens' return to the Bronx way out of proportion.
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