Originally written on Lady At The Bat  |  Last updated 10/31/14

21 Oct 1998: Pitcher Mariano Rivera #42 and catcher Joe Girardi #25 of the New York Yankees celebrate following the 1998 World Series Game 4 against the San Diego Padres at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Yankees defeated the Padres 3-0.
As Michael Kay said at the end of Sunday's YES Network broadcast, 'Wow'!" The word applied not only to Mariano Rivera's bases loaded strikeout of Albert Pujols, but to the entire 10 game road trip. The Yankees started the trip 3-1 and ended it 4-6 including a three game sweep at the hands of the Oakland A's. In the process they dropped to third place in the A.L. East behind the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles. To say the trip was a disappointment would be an understatement. The good news is, with the exception of a short five game trip starting at the end of July, the Yankees are done with the West Coast portion of their season. No more late night starts, no more Oakland A's and no more CC Sabathia pitching in front of his hometown crowd. Now the Yankees head home and, after an off-day today, they finish out the month with 12 games that will take them to the official midpoint of the season at 81 games. Six of those games are against the division rival Orioles and...
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