Yankees Top 19 Games since 2000: No. 7, Beating the Mets in 2000 World Series Game 5
The Yankees earned the ultimate bragging rights in the Subway Series
To kick off 2019, we're unveiling our count of the Yankees' 19 best games since 2000. Historic feats, classic comebacks and postseason glory all find their way onto the list with an obvious No. 1 coming Jan. 20.
Let's continue with No. 7, the Yankees winning their fourth title in five years after vanquishing the Mets in five games.
The Yankees wrapped up the last millennium as World Series champions and wanted to start this one the exact same way. After dominating in 1998 and 1999, the Yankees finished just 87-74 in 2000 after losing 15 of their final 18 games. Despite ending the regular season sluggishly, the Yankees beat the Athletics and Mariners in the ALDS and ALCS, respectively.
That led the Bombers into a championship matchup against their crosstown rivals. The Mets 'were in the World Series for the first time in 14 years after winning 94 games. It was an historic Fall Classic between two New York baseball teams, the first since 1956 when the Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers.
The Yankees took the first two games before falling to the Mets, 4-2, in Game 3. It was the first Yankees loss in a World Series since Game 2 of the 1996 World Series, an incredible streak of 14 straight victories. Derek Jeter's lead-off home run in Game 4 sparked the Yankees to a bounce-back win and set up the clincher in Game 5
Manager Joe Torre sent Andy Pettitte to the mound for that contest in Queens, looking to end the series that night.
Bernie Williams homered in the second to put the Yankees up early, but the Mets responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning. Jeter hit his second home run of the series in the sixth inning to tie the game at 2-2, but the game proved to be a pitchers' duel between Pettitte and the Mets' Al Leiter.
Pettitte left after seven innings, allowing just two runs and eight hits over seven innings. Mike Stanton then came in and pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
Leiter was pitching just as well, but Mets manager Bobby Valentine decided to keep his ace into the ninth inning despite a pitch count that soared over 130. After Tino Martinez and Paul O'Neill struck out, Jorge Posada opened the rally with a walk. Scott Brosius singled to left field to put the go-ahead run in scoring position.
With Pettitte out of the game, utility man Luis Sojo came in to pinch hit and singled up the middle. That allowed Posada to score the go-ahead run, but the throw from Jay Payton bounced off Posada and into the dugout. This brought in Brosius as an insurance run and allowed the Yankees to hand the ball off to closer Mariano Rivera in the bottom half.
Rivera struck out Darryl Hamilton before walking Benny Agbayani. He then got Edgardo Alfonzo and Mike Piazza to fly out to end the game and the World Series. Piazza's ball looked good off the bat, but Williams camped under it at the warning track to seal the win.
Jeter was named MVP of the series after batting .409/.480/.864 with two home runs and two RBI. He's the first player in MLB history to win World Series MVP and All-Star Game MVP in the same season. It was the final title of that Yankees dynasty, and a victory over the Mets made it all the sweeter.