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The Yankees complete their masterpiece of a season by sweeping the Padres

The New York Yankees' real World Series opponents were not the San Diego Padres, but rather the ghosts of great teams from the past, says Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci.

The best ever? Yanks give fans plenty to debate over the winter
And now, the debate begins: Are these Yankees, after winning their record 24th World Series championship with a sweep of the San Diego Padres and finishing with an overall record of 125-50, the best team ever?

Game 4: Yankees sweep Padres, take place in baseball history
There simply was no other way for it to end. A World Series sweep was clearly the fitting finish for a New York Yankees team that utterly dominated the season. Andy Pettitte, MVP Scott Brosius and the Yankees made a case for being the best team in baseball history, beating the San Diego Padres 3-0 Wednesday night for a record 24th championship.

Game 3: Brosius' 2nd blast puts Yanks on verge of sweep
They can feel it already. One more World Series victory and the New York Yankees' electrifying season will come to an extraordinary end -- with a sweep. A 5-4 victory in Game 3 Tuesday night, courtesy of Scott Brosius' two home runs, put them right on the verge -- and, boy, do they know it.

Game 2: Yanks take charge, hammer Padres 9-3
The New York Yankees appear to be getting serious about this best-team-in-baseball-history business, thrashing sloppy San Diego 9-3 in Game 2 Sunday night and threatening to make quick work of the Padres in the World Series.

Game 1: Martinez, Knoblauch rally Yanks past Padres 9-6
Together in grief, together in glory. Chuck Knoblauch and Tino Martinez, vilified just 10 days ago for a blown bunt play, more than atoned for it Saturday night. Martinez hit a grand slam and Knoblauch hit a three-run homer in a seven-run seventh that rescued the New York Yankees, giving them a 9-6 victory over the San Diego Padres in Game 1 of the World Series.

Brosius named World Series MVP
Scott Brosius was an unknown commodity to the New York Yankees when they traded for him last November. What they got was a World Series MVP.

Yanks' Series share worth $320,000 each
Each member of the New York Yankees voted a full World Series share will get about $320,000, approximately $100,000 more than the previous record.

Fox posts lowest-rated Series ever
The New York Yankees' sweep delivered the lowest World Series ratings ever, costing the Fox network an estimated $15 million in losses.



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Mariano Rivera gets a ground ball to Brosius to win the championship (764 K)
Kevin Brown fought out of a jam in the second inning (665 K)
Brown tried to bunt in the second with the bases loaded but failed to get on base (471 K)
Mark McGwire not only threw out the first pitch but caught a foul ball (510 K)
The Padres can't get a run in off Pettitte in the seventh (391 K)
The Padres fail to score off the Yankees bullpen in the eighth (803 K)
The Yankees score the game's first run in the 6th inning (455 K)
New York adds two insurance runs in the eighth, one knocked in by Scott Brosius (907 K)
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Thurs. Oct. 22, '98
New York beats San Diego 3-0, wins World Series 4-0
Wednesday’s Hero

-- Andy Pettitte, Yankees
Making 1st start in 11 days, shut out Padres on 5 hits over 7 1/3 IP

Series Studs
-- Scott Brosius, Yankees
Series MVP went 8-for-17 with 2 HRs, 6 RBIs

-- Mariano Rivera, Yankees
Three saves, 0.00 ERA in 3 games

-- Tony Gwynn, Padres
Hit .500 (8-for-16) with 3 RBIs

Series Duds
-- Steve Finley, Padres
Hit .083 (1-for-12) with 0 RBIs

-- Wally Joyner, Padres
Batting .100 (1-for-10) with 1 RBIs

-- Paul O’Neill, Yankees
Hit .211 (4-for-19) with 0 RBIs

Quote of the Day
"This is truly, you can say it now, one of the greatest teams in baseball.”
-- Yankees owner George Steinbrenner
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