Reminders of excellence rolled onto the Yankee Stadium warning track, in sunglasses and on golf carts, with pinstripes draped over dress shirts and paired with slacks. This was shortly past noon under the high Saturday sun, hours before the Yankees ran away with their second straight win over the Blue Jays, an 11-6 showing not unlike the type those waving legends used to pile up.
No team in baseball history won more than the 125 games the Yankees of 1998, the honorees of Saturday’s on-field, pregame ceremony, did that year. It’s possible no team ever will. But at the same time, what that team achieved in the end is what the Yanks’ current crop aspires to. New York doesn’t doubt it is talented enough to contend for another title, should it succeed in ironing out some wrinkles that have emerged recently.
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