2000 World Series
|Dates:||October 21 – 26|
|MVP:||Derek Jeter (New York Yankees)|
|TV announcers:||Joe Buck, Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly|
|Radio announcers:||Jon Miller and Dave Campbell|
|Umpires:||Ed Montague, Charlie Reliford, Jeff Kellogg, Tim Welke, Tim McClelland, Jerry Crawford|
|ALCS:||New York Yankees over Seattle Mariners (4–2)|
|NLCS:||New York Mets over St. Louis Cardinals (4–1)|
The 2000 World Series, the 96th edition of Major League Baseball's championship series, featured a crosstown matchup between the two-time defending champion New York Yankees and the New York Mets, with the Yankees winning four games to one for their third straight championship and 26th overall. It marks, to date, the last World Series with a repeat champion. It was the first postseason Subway Series since 1956. The Yankees were in the World Series for the third straight year, fourth in the previous five, and 37th time overall—the most of any team in the MLB, while the Mets made their fourth World Series appearance—the most of any expansion franchise in the MLB and its first since winning the title in the 1986 World Series.
Under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement between MLB and the new World Umpires Association signed in 2000, the traditional National League and American League umpire was discontinued. All umpires reported to Major League Baseball, with an interim uniform. During the 2000 playoffs, the new umpire uniforms (black and cream shirts), with the Major League Baseball logo on the caps and shirts, were used for the first time.
The Yankees were the first team in baseball to three-peat as champions since the 1972–1974 Oakland Athletics and the first professional sports team to accomplish the feat since Michael Jordan's 1996–1998 Chicago Bulls.
|1||October 21||New York Mets – 3, New York Yankees – 4 (12 innings)||Yankee Stadium (I)||4:51||55,913|
|2||October 22||New York Mets – 5, New York Yankees – 6||Yankee Stadium (I)||3:30||56,059|
|3||October 24||New York Yankees – 2, New York Mets – 4||Shea Stadium||3:39||55,299|
|4||October 25||New York Yankees – 3, New York Mets – 2||Shea Stadium||3:20||55,290|
|5||October 26||New York Yankees – 4, New York Mets – 2||Shea Stadium||3:32||55,292|
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|WP: Mike Stanton (1–0) LP: Turk Wendell (0–1)|
The opener fell on two anniversaries. Twenty-five years prior, Boston Red Sox's catcher Carlton Fisk ended Game 6 of the 1975 World Series with his famous home run off the left field foul pole in Fenway Park in Boston to beat the Cincinnati Reds and force a Game 7. Twenty years prior the Philadelphia Phillies won their first World Series title, defeating the Kansas City Royals in six games.
Game 1 was a match-up between postseason veterans Al Leiter and Andy Pettitte. Both starters pitched scoreless until the sixth inning when David Justice's two-run double put the Yankees on top. In the top half of the seventh, Pettitte would quickly lose the lead on a barrage of hits, the last by Edgardo Alfonzo to put the Mets on top. However, the Yankees would rally to tie the game on Chuck Knoblauch's sacrifice fly against Mets closer Armando Benítez. José Vizcaíno would drive in Tino Martinez in the twelfth inning with his fourth hit of the game to win it for the Yankees.
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|WP: Roger Clemens (1–0) LP: Mike Hampton (0–1)
NYM: Mike Piazza (1), Jay Payton (1)
NYY: Scott Brosius (1)
In Game 2 Roger Clemens started for the Yankees. Earlier in the year during regular season Interleague play, Clemens had hit Mets catcher Mike Piazza in the head with a fastball that resulted in Piazza getting a concussion and going on the disabled list. Game 2 still saw its share of controversy with Clemens and Piazza. Early in the game during Piazza's first at bat, Clemens pitch had shattered Piazza's bat. The ball went foul, but a sharp edge of the bat came towards Clemens. Clemens came off the mound and threw the bat towards the baseline, almost hitting the running Piazza. Piazza was perplexed and baffled by Clemens' actions and many lambasted Clemens for his actions. Clemens, after the game, explained himself saying he did not see Piazza running and threw the bat because he was pumped up with nervous energy and initially charged the incoming broken bat, believing it to be the ball at first. Piazza hit a home run off reliever Jeff Nelson later in the game, but in the end the Yankees came away with a 6–5 win.
The Yankees' Game 2 win tied the longest AL winning streak in the World Series at ten games (the AL had previously won ten straight from 1927–29 and again from 1937–40).
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|WP: John Franco (1–0) LP: Orlando Hernández (0–1) Sv: Armando Benítez (1)
NYM: Robin Ventura (1)
The Mets broke open a 2–2 tie in the eighth inning to go ahead and eventually win the game. This ended the Yankees fourteen-game winning streak in World Series play dating back to the 1996 World Series.
Yankee hurler Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez earned the loss, snapping his previous undefeated postseason record of 6–0.
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|WP: Jeff Nelson (1–0) LP: Bobby Jones (0–1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)
NYY: Derek Jeter (1)
NYM: Mike Piazza (2)
The Yankees scored first on a first pitch solo home run by Derek Jeter. It is the sixteenth lead off homer in World Series history, also marked the thirteen-game hitting streak in the World Series for Jeter. Footage of this home run currently serves as the background for the title screen of YES Network's "Yankeeography" series.
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|WP: Mike Stanton (2–0) LP: Al Leiter (0–1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (2)
NYY: Bernie Williams (1), Derek Jeter (2)
The Yankees scored first on a Bernie Williams solo home run in the second inning. However, the Mets responded with two unearned runs off Andy Pettitte in the bottom of the inning. In the top of the sixth, Derek Jeter homered to tie the game at 2–2. In the top of the ninth, Luis Sojo hit a two-out single off Mets' starter Al Leiter, the throw from center field hit Jorge Posada as he was sliding into home plate and went into the Yankees dugout, allowing Scott Brosius to score and Luis Sojo to take third base, putting the Yankees on top 4–2. In the bottom of the ninth, Mike Piazza faced Mariano Rivera as the tying run with two outs. Piazza hit a deep fly ball, but it was caught in the deepest part of the ballpark by Bernie Williams to end the game and give the Yankees their third straight world title and fourth in five years.
Game 4 was the final World Series game at Shea Stadium (1969, 1973, 1986 and 2000). This would also be the only time that visiting teams won a World Series at Shea Stadium. (Mets lost in 1973 in Oakland). This World Series win was sense of revenge for Roger Clemens. He won the World Series in the same stadium he lost it at in 1986 while with the Yankees' fierce rival, Boston Red Sox. Adding further revenge, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before the game were members of the Mets' 1986 team.
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|Total attendance: 277,853 Average attendance: 55,571
Winning player's share: $294,783 Losing player's share: $238,654
It would be the last World Series title the Yankees would win for nine years; they lost the 2001 World Series to the Arizona Diamondbacks and the 2003 World Series to the Florida Marlins. This was the final World Series the New York Yankees won while playing at the old Yankee Stadium, and the final World Series played at Shea Stadium. Both stadiums closed at the end of the 2008 Major League Baseball season.
- The 1998–2000 New York Yankees establish a record of ten consecutive games won in consecutive World Series. The previous record was nine by the 1937–1939 Yankees. Overall, the Yankees had won fourteen straight World Series games (starting with Game 3 of the 1996 World Series) breaking the mark of twelve straight by the 1927, 1928 and 1932 Yankees.
Radio and television
The World Series telecast on Fox was the first year of their exclusive coverage of the Fall Classic (although the new contract would technically begin the next year). As in previous World Series televised by the network, Joe Buck provided the play-by-play with Bob Brenly and Tim McCarver (himself a Yankees broadcaster and a former Mets broadcaster) as color commentators. Game 5 of the series was Brenly's last broadcast for Fox, as he left to become manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks and, incidentally, go on to defeat the Yankees in the World Series the following year. Brenly returned to broadcasting in 2005 as part of the Chicago Cubs broadcasts on CSN Chicago and WGN, and also has called postseason games for TBS.
ESPN Radio's coverage was without Joe Morgan for a second consecutive year for reasons made unclear. Instead, Jon Miller shared the booth with Dave Campbell, ESPN Radio's Sunday Night Baseball color man. In 1999, Morgan was absent from ESPN Radio's World Series coverage because he was working the television broadcasts with Bob Costas on NBC. During Game 3, Miller was forced to leave the booth after the top of the first inning due to an upper respiratory infection. Charley Steiner, serving as a field reporter for the network, filled in on play-by-play for the rest of the game; Miller resumed his duties in Game 4 of the Series.
The World Series drew an average of 12.4 national rating and a 21% share of the audience, down 22.5% from the previous year. Although the Series drew well in the New York metropolitan area, at the time, it was the lowest-rated World Series in history. At the time, the ratings slide was attributed to the lack of interest outside of New York City. Although some thought the ratings slide was related to the television viewing audience becoming more fragmented in the wake of cable television (online streaming media services were in its infancy and were a non-factor at the time), the following four World Series were all rated higher than the 2000 World Series except in 2002, with the fallout from that partially related to fan interest waning after the 2002 All-Star Game controversially ended in a tie. It wouldn't be until after the Boston Red Sox ended the Curse of the Bambino with their victory in the 2004 World Series that the World Series would see a more long-term decline in ratings: every World Series from 2005 on have drawn lower ratings than the 2000 Series.
On October 11, 2005 A&E Home Video released The New York Yankees Fall Classic Collectors Edition (1996–2001) DVD set. Game 5 of the 2000 World Series is included in the set. The entire series was released October 2013 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment 
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- World Series > Subway Series