For some reason, I decided to binge on baseball documentaries this weekend. I watched the Ken Burns documentary on the 2000s. I watched ESPN 30 for 30's House of Steinbrenner. I watched MLB's 2001 World Series documentary. And in the middle of peak nostalgia and a few held back tears, I thought of a fun idea for this blog: let's rank the best on-field moments in modern Yankee history. But first, we need to construct a ballot. I'm sure we can all name 9 or 10 great moments in Yankee history, but I'm really excited to see those moments in the 10-20 range that I forgot about. Every nomination will make the final ballot, which we will open up to voting later this week. Once the results are in, the IIATMS staff will write them up just in time for pitchers and catchers to report and start the post-Jeter era.
What is a moment? For the purpose of this exercise, a moment is a single at-bat or fielding play. So, Game 4 of the 2001 World Series has many great moments that could be ranked, and we can debate whether Derek Jeter's Mr. November home run or Tino Martinez's game-tying, 9th inning home run is better.
To keep this recent and interesting, we'll limit the time frame to the Derek Jeter era: 1996-2014, and only to on-field moments. I'll start us off with some obvious ones:
- Tino Martinez's grand slam in Game 1 against the Padres
- Tino Martinez's home run in Game 4 of the 2001 World Series
- Derek Jeter's Mr. November home run in Game 4 of the 2001 World Series
- Derek Jeter's leap into the stands in July of 2004 against the Red Sox
- Derek Jeter's flip play against Oakland in 2001
- Derek Jeter's walk off hit in his final at bat at Yankee Stadium
- Scott Brosius' 9th inning home run in Game 5 of the 2001 World Series
- Aaron Boone's home run in Game 7 against the Red Sox
- Jason Giambi's "True Yankee" walk-off grand slam in the rain in May 2002