Thursday, March 15, 2007

1996 Yankees

The Yankees dynasty was born in 1996 with an upset of the then defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves. The Yankees did not have the team they currently have, and baseball was different 11 years ago.
Listed below are events from around the news in 1996, my, has times changed since then...

Yankees Events:
The Yankees' only star player was first baseman Wade Boggs, and he was a singles hitter.
Derek Jeter wins the Rookie of the Year award.
Dwight Gooden throws a 2-0 no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners and faces sluggers Edgar Martinez, Ken Griffey Jr., and Alex Rodriguez in the ninth inning.
The Yankees ace was Jimmy Key.
Don Mattingly was still playing baseball.
Mariano Rivera was the set-up pitcher.
Joe Torre manages the Yankees for the first time, wins a World Series (first in his professional career as both manager and player), and wins the Manager of the Year Award.

Baseball Events:
Roger Clemens was still with the Red Sox.
The Milwaukee Brewers were an American League team.
Albert Pujols was in middle school.
Ken Griffey Jr. was the "one" to break Roger Maris' record of 61 home runs.
Sammy Sosa had never hit over 40 home runs in a season.
Steroids was not an issue, instead it was the recovery of the strike of 1994.
Baseball cards did not feature jerseys or bat pieces for another two years.
Not a single baseball stadium was named after a corporation.
The Diamondbacks and Devil Rays were not in existence and the Rockies and Marlins were only two years old. The Detroit Tigers were in the Al East; they lost 109 games.

World Events:
The Unabomber is arrested.
TWA flight 800 blows up off the coast of Long Island.
A Scottish sheep named Dolly is successfully cloned.
The 1996 Summer Olympics are interrupted by the Centennial Park bombing.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana get divorced.
President Bill Clinton wins a second term in office.
Tupac is shot dead.

Technological Events:
No one had a flat screen, or plasma TV, as they were not invented yet.
CD's have yet to replace the 3.5" floppy disks.
Dial-up was the most used Internet connection.

Miscellaneous Events:
Braveheart wins Best Picture
First class stamp was $0.32.
Major League Soccer has their inaugural season.
Nintendo 65 is launched.
The average price of gas was $1.28/gallon unleaded regular.
New Coke was changed to Classic Coke.
The only reality TV show was Cops
The author of this blog had just started puberty.


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