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7 Moments In 7 Days: #7. Yankees Clinch 2001 American League Division Series

*In the week until the Yankees open the 2015 season I’ll be counting down, one a day, my personal Top 7 Yankees Moments of all time.*

The 2001 New York Yankees are a special team to me, and clinching the 2001 American League Division Series is one of my favorite moments from their Playoff run. After losing the first two games at home to the 102 win Oakland A’s, the Yankees took 2 games in Oakland (highlighted by Derek Jeter’s famous flip play in in Game 3) to come home with the series tied. Behind the bat of David Justice and Jeter’s glove once again, they came from behind and handed Mariano Rivera a 2 run lead in the ninth inning, and the he locked down the series with a strikeout. Mo’s 360 pivot in celebration is one of my all-time favorite images from the 96-01 Yankees Dynasty, and John Sterling’s post-game monologue is perfection for those of us who enjoy his theatrics.

Stay tuned tomorrow for one of the two regular season moments on this list.