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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. Tampa Bay Devil Rays
El Duque's MLB Debut
Wednesday, June 03, 1998
Final Score: 7-1
Yankee Classic Rating (1 low to 10 high): 1

I didn't even realize this was a Yankee classic until I stumbled across it listed in an episode guide somewhere.  The Yankees must have shown this one once, probably in the early days of YES when they were still squaring away rights to the old MSG and national broadcasts and they didn't have much else to show.

It's pretty routine and unmemorable.  El Duque dominated a terrible Devil Rays team going seven innings, allowing 5 hits, two walks and striking out seven.  I suppose it also featured the first home run he would allow, a fourth inning jack by Fred McGriff to give Tampa a short lived 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Yankees beat up Tony Saunders for five runs and that's all she wrote.  It was a typical 1998 Yankees pounding: triple, single, single, walk, single, double...no long ball.  Just wearing the starter out.

Given the unmemorable nature and the fact there's absolutely nothing else interesting about this game, it's no wonder YES never pulls this one off the shelf.

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