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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. Atlanta Braves
Game Five : Andy Pettitte vs. John Smoltz
Thursday, October 24, 1996
Final Score: 1-0
Yankee Classic Rating (1 low to 10 high): 9

I've never been a big fan of pitcher's duels, but this is always a fun one to watch.  I still get nervous watching the 9th innning.  Watching John Wetteland try to wriggle out of a one out, runner on third jam and especially that epic battle with Luis Polonia.  I still can't believe Paul O'Neill made that catch.  Don't forget Charlie Hayes' clutch fielding  when he went to his knees to stop a Javy Lopez grounder from driving in Chipper Jones with the tying run with one out in the 9th.  I'm still amazed that ball didn't get through.

The mark of a true classic is that even though you know exactly what's going to happen it's still intriguing.  The only reason I rate it a nine is because it's a 1-0 game.  I can't get past the fact that I just don't like pitcher's duels.

• The only run of this game was unearned.  In the fourth inning, with no out Atlanta centerfielder Marquis Grissom dropped a Charlie Hayes fly ball in the right center gap allowing Hayes to reach second base.  Grissolm was distracted by Jermaine Dye who cut in front of Grissom in pursuit of the fly ball, there was a miscommunication, Grissom was forced to attempt a basket catch and dropped the ball.  Bernie Williams got Hayes to third with a ground out to second and Cecil Fielder followed with an RBI double.

• Charlie Hayes

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