|1.||Curse of 9-11|
The tradegy of 9-11-2001 had collateral damage on the New York Yankees. After dominating Baseball winning 4 of 5 World Series from 1996 to 2000, they choked in game 7 and lost a 9th inning lead, the game, and the series. The Curse of 9-11 will outlast the "Curse of the Bambino"
Look for the documentary: "9 Innings From Ground Zero". It tells the story of the Yankee series loss in 2001, the beginning of the Curse of 9-11
How the Yankees have been owned since 2001:
2001: after 3 thrilling games in NY (homering off that Korean sidearm reliever in the 9th, twice), Mariano Rivera blows a save in the 9th inning of game 7. when did he blow a save in the playoffs before?
2002 Yankees can't hold leads in three straight games against the Angels and the Rally Monkey.
2003 In the final year of the curse of the Bambino, they come back against the Red Sox in game 7, but fall flat on their faces to Florida in the world series, losing 4 of the last 5 games.
2004 The biggest choke in Pro Sports History!!!! Up 3 games to 0 against the hated Red Sox, the millionaires in pinstripes stop playing baseball and drop an unprecedented 4 straight. The 7th game was the clincher, Red Sox ate them alive, wasn't it like 8-0 in the 3rd innning? This makes up for all the torment over the years the Red Sox suffered at the hands of the Yanks. Bucky Dent in 78? Forget it. Yankees will never ever live this down. Red Sox now own the Yankees for all time, This feat will never be equaled.
2005 Angels dust them off again, while losing their Cy Young winner early in the pivotal fifth game. The only team in the Torre Era with a winning record against the NYY is the Angels. Only fitting they eliminate them twice in post season play.
2006 After compiling the best record in major league baseball and cakewalking in the first game against the Tigers, they fall totally apart. no offense, no pitching.
2007 The Curse continues, The Cleveland Indians, playing like a team, dominate the Yankees, winning in 4 games in the first round.
2008 and on, and on, and on......
All the millions George Steinbrenner is spending on individual primadonnas isn't working. Teams the play like a team are knocking them out.