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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 Championship Series vs. Los Angeles Angels
Game Six : Yanks Win ALCS
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Final Score: 5-2
Yankee Classic Rating (1 low to 10 high): 8
After failures to advance against the Angels in the ALDS in 2002 and again in 2005, the Yankees finally got their chance to exact revenge against the perpetual thorns in their side by winning the 2009 ALCS.  As expected, it was no walk in the park.  The Angels took an early 1-0 lead in the third on a (former Yankee) Bobby Abreu RBI single.  It didn't last long as the Yankees rallied for three runs in the bottom of the fourth.  After loading the bases against Los Angeles starter Joe Saunders, Johnny Damon came through with a two-run single.  That was followed by a Mark Teixeira infield single to re-load the bases and an Alex Rodriguez RBI walk.

Andy Pettitte successfully kept the Angels from scoring after that, escaping a mini-jam in the sixth when the Angels had second and third with two-out and Kendrys Morales up, but Andy got him to bounce one back to the mound for an easy 1-3 putout.

Joba Chamberlain replaced Pettitte after a one-out Juan Rivera single in the seventh, but Joba coaxed two groundouts and handed the ball off to Mariano Rivera for a two-inning save.  Why not when a trip to the World Series is on the line?

The Angels scored on a two-out Vladimir Guerrero single in the eighth to make things sweaty for the Yankees, cutting it to 3-2.  Again, the Yankee offense responded in the bottom of the inning.  Thanks in part to two huge Angels errors, the Yankees were able to pad the lead to two runs and with Mariano on the mound, things looked good.  They were.

Mariano set down the Angels in order in the ninth, en route to finally beating the Angels and, as we know now, the 27th World Series Championship in Yankee franchise history.

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