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The 1998 World Series matched the New York Yankees against the San Diego Padres. The Yankees swept the Series in four games to capture their second championship in three years, and their 24th overall. It was San Diego's second World Series appearance, and the first since losing in 1984 to the Detroit Tigers.
For the first time the same city, San Diego, hosted both the Super Bowl and the final World Series game in the same year. Not only were they held in the same city, they were both held in the same stadium.
|1||San Diego Padres - 6, New York Yankees - 9||October 17||Yankee Stadium||56,712|
|2||San Diego Padres - 3, New York Yankees - 9||October 18||Yankee Stadium||56,692|
|3||New York Yankees - 5, San Diego Padres - 4||October 20||Qualcomm Stadium||64,667|
|4||New York Yankees - 3, San Diego Padres - 0||October 21||Qualcomm Stadium||65,427|
HRs: SD – Tony Gwynn (1), Greg Vaughn 2 (2) NYY – Chuck Knoblauch (1), Tino Martinez (1)
In Game 1, Kevin Brown took the hill for the Padres and he was opposed by Yankee ace and ALCS MVP David Wells. The Yankees began the scoring in the 2nd inning, when rookie Ricky Ledee laced a 2 run double into the right field corner with the bases loaded. Wells was battered hard for the only time in the postseason beginning with the 3rd when Greg Vaughn homered to rightcenter with a man aboard tying the game up at 2 runs apiece. In the 5th, Tony Gwynn smashed a 2 run shot off the facing of the upper deck and that was followed up immediately by Vaughn's second dinger of the night. Trailing 5-2, the Yanks made their comeback in the 7th. Jorge Posada singled and Ledee walked ending the night for Brown. It turned out to be a bad move by Padres manager Bruce Bochy. New York took advantage of the Padres bullpen with a 3 run homer by Chuck Knoblauch that tied the game at 5. Later in the inning, a 2-2 count call by home plate umpire Rich Garcia would prove to be decisive. Mark Langston's pitch was shown on television replays to be a borderline pitch, which Rich Garcia called a ball. Tino Martinez would take advantage of Garcia's call and on the next pitch sent a grand slam into the upper deck making it a 9-5 lead. The Padres would only score one more run as the Yankees won game one 9-6.
HRs: NYY – Bernie Williams (1), Jorge Posada (1)
In Game 2, the Bombers would go up 2-0 thanks to a dreadful outing by San Diego starter Andy Ashby. Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada would go yard to assist the Yankees on offense. New York started Cuban import, Orlando Hernández, who was outstanding.
HRs: NYY – Scott Brosius 2 (2)
With the Yankees up 2-0, they sent David Cone to the mound to face former Yankee pitcher, Sterling Hitchcock, the MVP of the NLCS. Both teams were kept off the scoreboard until the bottom of the 6th when Hitchcock himself led off the inning with a single off Cone. He and Qulivio Veras both scored two batters later when Tony Gwynn shot a double down the line past Tino Martinez at first base. Gwynn would also score in the inning to give San Diego a 3-0 lead. However, a half inning later the Yanks jumped on Hitchcock for two runs beginning with a home run to left-center by Scott Brosius. The second run came in after Shane Spencer doubled and scored on an error by Ken Caminiti. In the 8th, the call was made to Trevor Hoffman after Randy Myers walked Paul O'Neill to open the inning. Hoffman then walked Tino Martinez before Scott Brosius tagged a three run blast over the fence in dead center. With a 5-3 lead, the Yankees wrapped up the victory when Mariano Rivera picked up the save in the 9th to end it.
The once struggling Andy Pettitte outdueled Kevin Brown in Game 4.
|New York Yankees||3||5||1||0||2||1||9||5||0||26||43||2|
|San Diego Padres||0||0||2||0||4||3||0||4||0||13||32||3
<tr><td style="text-align:left;" colspan="13">Total Attendance: 243,498 Average Attendance: 60,875</td></tr> <tr><td style="text-align:left;" colspan="13">Winning Player’s Share: – $312,042 Losing Player’s Share – $204,144</td></tr>
You gotta win four to wear the crown—Tony Gwynn in an interview prior to Game 4 of the Series, insisting that the Padres would not quit despite being down three games to none.
From ear to ear, you can feel Darryl Strawberry smiling.—FOX announcer Tim McCarver after the Yankees win. Darryl had cancer and could not play in the 1998 postseason.
Hit on the ground on a hop to Brosius, fields, throws across...in time! Ball game over! World Series Over! Yankees win! Theeeeeeee Yankees win! The New York Yankees, professional sports' most-storied gloried franchise has once again scaled baseball's everest! For the 24th time in their illustrious history, the New York Yankees are World Champions!—Yankees announcer John Sterling on the last out
And The Yankees have done it again, #24, they are the world champions in 1998!—Joe Buck calling the final out of the series.
This was the first year this particular World Series logo was used. It was only used again in the 1999 World Series. Both the 1998 and 1999 series were won by the Yankees.
The television rights for the 1998 World Series went to Fox, as they had the rights to the World Series in even-numbered years under the television contract that was signed in 1996. Joe Buck once again provided the play-by-play, with Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly alongside him in the booth.
For the first time, ESPN Radio was the home of the World Series, having taken the radio rights for Major League Baseball from the CBS Radio Network. Jon Miller and Joe Morgan provided the coverage for the network.
- ↑ 1998 World Series Game 1 - San Diego Padres vs. New York Yankees. Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2008-06-16.
- ↑ 1998 World Series Game 2 - San Diego Padres vs. New York Yankees. Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2008-06-16.
- ↑ 1998 World Series Game 3 - New York Yankees vs. San Diego Padres. Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2008-06-16.
- ↑ 1998 World Series Game 4 - New York Yankees vs. San Diego Padres. Retrosheet. Retrieved on 2008-06-16.
- Forman, Sean L.. 1998 World Series. Baseball-Reference.com - Major League Statistics and Information.. Retrieved on 2007-12-09.