My Favorite Yankees Playoff Memory

I’ve been to many Yankees playoff games, both home and away, over the years.

Old Yankee Stadium

Some of the amazing World Series games that I’ve been fortunate enough to see in person were game 2 of the 2000 World Series (Clemens throwing the bat at Piazza), game 5 of the 2001 World Series (dramatic extra inning win for the second night in a row), and game 6 of the 2009 World Series (my only clinch game).

But the game that really sticks out for me is game 2 of the 1995 ALDS against the Mariners.

I was so excited just to see Don Mattingly in the playoffs, and I knew it might be the last time I saw him in pinstripes.

I went to the game with my older brother, and we got some seats out in the lower deck in right field. Andy Pettitte was the starter against Andy Benes. It was cold and drizzling, but the Stadium was so electric as the teams exchanged runs.

As we hit the extra innings, I was nervous like crazy, but also felt good about the Yankees bats. I was hoping Donnie Baseball would hit a homerun to end things. When the clock passed midnight, I knew I was going to be calling in sick to work.

And then the real rains came. Pouring down. I was worried that they might delay until the next day. But they kept on playing.

I can still feel that explosive feeling in my chest when Jim Leyritz connected in the bottom of the fifteenth with a two-run walk-off homerun. I was soaked and ecstatic.

The winning pitcher for that gameā€¦ Mariano Rivera.

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