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ALCS Game Four: The Yankees Make a Statement

doesn't always take a historical, dramatic baseball game to clue a fanbase in on something special happening with their team.

In the later years of the Joe Torre era, with the bullpen in shambles and the starting rotation often in flux, the uneasy feeling that no lead was safe ran through every regular season game. And in the playoffs, it got worse. Watching close games in the later innings became one Bad Feeling About This after another, until the ax fell.

The lack of a shut-down arm in the bullpen to set up Rivera was only part of the problem. The other half stemmed from the lack of a killer instinct on offense—the ability to get the big single with men on base, for want of a home run.

The Yankee teams from 2004-2007 struggled ...

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