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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. Los Angeles Dodgers
Game Three : Nettles' Glove Beats Dodgers
Friday, October 13, 1978
Final Score: 5-1
Yankee Classic Rating (1 low to 10 high): 9
With the Yankees down 2 games to none in the 1978 World Series, they came home and handed the ball to 25-game winner Ron Guidry who responded with a complete game, gritty eight hit victory.  However, the true star of the game was Graig Nettles who made several great defensive plays to end Dodger threats in the third, fifth and sixth innings.

In the third, the Dodgers began to mount a come back against an apparently tired Guidry. However, with a runner on third, Davey Lopes lined hard to Nettles, saving a run. Bill Russell followed with a single to drive in the Dodgers only run. The next batter, Reggie Smith, hit a hard ground ball to third, but Nettles made a diving stop and threw to first to retire Smith and end the inning.

In the fifth, the Dodgers had runners on first and second with two outs when the dangerous Smith again came up to bat. Nettles made a diving stop of his liner down the third base line.  There was no play on Smith, but the stop prevented any runs from scoring, keeping the score at 2-1. Steve Garvey followed with the bases loaded, but hit into a 5-4 forceout to Nettles to end the inning.

The Dodgers loaded the bases again with two outs in the sixth, but Nettles made a great stop on a Davey Lopes grounder to again complete another 5-4 forceout.

So, the Yankees, thanks to Nettles, were holding on to a tenuous 2-1 lead until the eighth when they broke it open with back-to-back RBI singles by Thurman Munson and Reggie Jackson and a run scoring ground out by Lou Piniella.

The next night, the Yankees would tie the series thanks to a misplay by Bill Russell and Reggie Jackson's hip, and the comeback was underway.  They took Game Five and Six and the Yankees were champions for the second year in a row.  But this is where it all started, thanks to the Golden Glove of Graig Nettles.

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