When Tino Martinez watches the Yankees today, it’s like he hopped right into a DeLorean. It’s all of a sudden 1996, a mix of younger, up-and-coming stars and established veterans coming collectively for a magical season.
As an alternative of younger gamers blossoming comparable to Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera, there’s Gary Sanchez, Aaron Decide and Luis Severino. As an alternative of veterans Charlie Hayes, John Wetteland and Mariano Duncan, there’s Chase Headley, Brett Gardner and David Robertson. Each function lockdown bullpens and high quality beginning rotations.
“Simply the best way they play,” the previous Yankees first baseman stated Wednesday when requested concerning the comparability. “No one anticipated something out of them. They’re younger youngsters. They only got here out and didn’t care what individuals stated or wrote about them. They performed exhausting each single day. They discovered methods to win.”
Two collection stay for these Yankees to match the group from 21 years in the past, however few predicted them to succeed in this level in any respect, particularly falling behind two-video games-to-none within the ALDS towards the defending American League champion Indians. The 1996 Yankees gained ninety two video games and claimed the AL East, whereas this unit gained ninety one video games and gained the primary AL wild card.
“They’ve performed nice all yr lengthy. They’re enjoyable to observe,” Martinez stated at Derek Jeter’s Flip 2 Basis Dinner at Cipriani on Wall Road. “They’re younger and aggressive. It’s an awesome group. They’ve performed very nicely this postseason.”