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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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AL Division Series vs. Minnesota Twins
Game Three : Yanks Wrap Up ALDS
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Final Score: 4-1
Yankee Classic Rating (1 low to 10 high): 6
Yes, it was a clincher.  Yes, the Yanks had to comeback late after being shut down 6.1 innings.  But, after the epic Game Two victory featuring a very late comeback on Alex Rodriguez' game tying two-run homer off Joe Nathan in the 9th and the subsequent Mark Teixeira walk-off HR, Game Three felt almost anti-climatic.

Not to say it wasn't a very enjoyable game.  Better for the benefits of a replay, it was a very fast moving game as Andy Pettitte traded zeros with Carl Pavano until Minnesota broke through on a Joe Mauer RBI single in the 6th.  Although the game clocked in 3:25, that was mostly due to a lot of pitching changes by Minnesota in the eighth inning.  Four Minnesota pitchers faced only eight Yankee batters as Ron Gardenhire tried to play match-up.  It didn't work as the Yankees plated two in the inning to extend their lead to 4-1.  With Mariano waiting to close it out...everyone knew a first round sweep was in the cards.

So while it might not be one of the more memorable playoff games, it's at least fast moving with some late dramatics.  Not to mention, it was nice watching the Yankees get a little revenge on Carl Pavano.  He did pitch well for the first 6 innings...but Yankee fans must have gotten a little extra pleasure of seeing him quickly surrender the lead in the 7th when Alex Rodriguez and Hideki Matsui touched him up for a pair of solo blasts...and the Yankee train rolled from there.


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