The 1998 Yankees The inside story of the greatest baseball team ever

Jack Curry

Book - 2023

"The visiting clubhouse in San Diego was soggy, sweaty and sticky after the 1998 Yankees swept the Padres in four games and celebrated winning their 24th World Series title. The players raised bottles of Champagne, sprayed the bubbly on each other and reveled in a baseball season that might have been more memorable than any in history. Jack Curry was part of that unforgettable scene as a reporter, navigating around the clubhouse to ask the same, pertinent question. After winning an unprecedented 125 games and pummeling teams along the way, were these Yankees, the Yankees of Jeter, Mariano, Posada, Pettitte, Bernie, O'Neill, Tino and so many other vital players, the best team ever? "Right now, you would have to call them the b...est team ever," said owner George Steinbrenner. Twenty five years later, Curry revisits that season to discuss how that team was built and why the Yankees were such a talented, refreshing and successful club. This book includes new interviews with more than 25 players, coaches and executives, who revealed some behind-the-stories about the magical journey and who also discussed the depth of this historic squad. "From the first man to the 25th man on the roster, I don't think there's a team that had more talent and a team whose players knew their roles as well as our players did," said pitcher David Cone."If you're using that as a barometer for the best team of all-time, then I think you can call us the best team of all-time." During that wondrous season, Don Zimmer, a Yankee coach and a baseball lifer who began his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954, told associates there would never be another team like the 1998 Yankees. Zimmer was right. Twenty five years later, Curry describes how and why that Yankee team could be the best ever."--

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New York : Twelve 2023.
Main Author
Jack Curry (author)
First edition
Physical Description
vii, 275 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Before Glory, Suffering
  • Chapter 2. The Pieces of the Puzzle
  • Chapter 3. Rebel Without a Pause
  • Chapter 4. International Man of Mystery
  • Chapter 5. The Joy of Jeter
  • Chapter 6. Start Spreading the News
  • Chapter 7. The Once and Future Wonder Boys
  • Chapter 8. Mariana, No Problema
  • Chapter 9. Just Keep Winning… 125 Times
  • Chapter 10. Simply the Best
  • What Happened After 1998?
  • Acknowledgments
Review by Kirkus Book Review

Enthusiastic history of the baseball squad that Derek Jeter called the "greatest team ever." The 1998 New York Yankees, writes veteran baseball writer Curry, was a powerhouse team in every respect: Its bullpen was headed by Mariano Rivera, one of the most consistently productive pitchers in the game, with catching duties shared by Joe Girardi and Jorge Posada and talented players at every position. For the most part, the players got along, with the usual tensions, under the watchful gaze of manager Joe Torre. Not that all the season's moments were blissful. As the author notes, "Posada was as passionate and as intense as any player I ever covered, a player who was never hesitant to tell a pitcher how he felt about a disappointing pitch or an awful outing. As Posada's stature and playing time increased, he became as much of a leader as any Yankee. And, if he felt the need to get loud and demonstrative…he would." He was particularly hard on pitcher David Wells, who had a few disastrous moments but who also pitched a rare perfect game that year. Curry is strong on personality profiles, and it's clear that he's spent a lot of time in the dugout and locker room. He chronicles a near-knockdown fight between Wells and fellow pitcher David Cone, and he records an all-too-public brawl between the Yankees and the Orioles after an Orioles pitcher threw a ball at left-handed batter Tino Martinez that "drilled [him] between the 2 and the 4 on his back." The 1998 season, culminating in a World Series sweep of the San Diego Padres, had plenty of fine moments of vindication, including Rivera's atoning for a previous season of allowing one homer too many. It was a season, writes the author, that was "as remarkable as any in their illustrious history." Buffs may quibble at Curry's best-team-ever claim, but Yankees fans will enjoy his paean. Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.