Down 2-1 In ALCS, El Duque Took The Hill — And The Rest Is History

By Sweeny Murti
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Earlier this week we started a look back at the 1998 Yankees, with part one of a conversation with David Cone during the 15th anniversary of one of the greatest teams in baseball history.

In part one, Cone looked back at some early season turning points, such as an April team meeting in Seattle, David Wells’ perfect game, the Orioles brawl in May and the arrival of El Duque in June.

In part two, we talk about the mindset of the team heading into the playoffs and the postseason run through Texas, Cleveland and San Diego. Even for a team as dominant as the ’98 Yanks, there were some key moments, some tense moments that could have derailed them from their ultimate destiny.

“There wasn’t panic, but there were fingers on the button,” said Cone. “We saw it potentially slipping away.”

Cone also discusses his role as a veteran leader and the place the ’98 Yanks hold in history:

Sweeny Murti


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