10/19/2003 1:59 AM ET
Yanks' home Series streak ends
NEW YORK -- The last time the Yankees lost a World Series game at Yankee Stadium, the Atlanta Braves took a commanding 2-0 lead in the 1996 Fall Classic, shutting out the Bronx Bombers, 4-0.
By Mark Feinsand / MLB.com
What happened after that is well-documented, as New York swept the next four games, winning their first of four World Series in five years.
Saturday, the Yankees had their 10-game home winning streak in the World Series snapped by the Florida Marlins, who took the opener, 3-2. If the Yankees respond as they did in 1996, the Marlins may be in trouble.
"It's not 1996, '98, '99 -- it's 2003," said Derek Jeter, one of only five remaining Yankees who played in the '96 series. "You can throw all of those stats out the window."
After losing that Game 2 to the Braves, the Yankees took the next three games in Atlanta, closing out their first world title in 18 years with a Game 6 win in the Bronx. The Yankees swept the Fall Classic in both 1998 and 1999, winning a pair of home games in each series, then defeated the crosstown-rival Mets in 2000, winning the first two games at home.
In 2001, it took two unthinkable, bottom-of-the-ninth, game-tying home runs against Arizona's Byung-Hyun Kim to extend the streak, as the Yankees swept the middle three games of the World Series before falling seven games to the Diamondbacks.
"It's pretty intimidating to come here," said outfielder David Dellucci, who was a member of the 2001 D-Backs. "After losing the first two games, to get in that same situation again, it was deja vu. Being a visiting team, we were intimidated against the Yankees in the late innings."
Despite the 10-game home winning streak, Jeter knew that the Marlins weren't going to be intimidated coming to the "House That Ruth Built."
"They played an outstanding series against the Giants, then had that comeback at Wrigley Field," Jeter said. "We knew they would be tough."
The Yankees tried to rekindle some of that old October magic in the ninth inning, but it wasn't meant to be. After Marlins closer Ugueth Urbina walked two of the first three batters in the inning, it looked like New York was going to give the home crowd another fantastic finish.
"The one thing that has symbolized this team, playing against them and with them, is that they're very confident late in a game when they're behind," Dellucci said. "That's why they've made so many comebacks. We were in that situation tonight, and when we started a rally, everybody had that feeling."
But Urbina got Alfonso Soriano to look at strike three before retiring Nick Johnson for the final out, giving Florida the early lead in the best-of-seven series.
"Those guys have a different mindset," Dellucci said of the Marlins. "They're so young, so hungry, that nothing flusters them. They came out and did well under the pressure. It's pretty impressive."
Mark Feinsand is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.