2000 World Series

The 2000 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2000 season. The 96th edition of the World Series,[1] it was a best-of-seven playoff between crosstown opponents, the two-time defending World Series champions and American League (AL) champion New York Yankees and the National League (NL) champion New York Mets. The Yankees defeated the Mets, four games to one, to win their third consecutive championship and 26th overall. The series was often referred to as the "Subway Series", referring to the longstanding matchup between New York baseball teams; it was the first World Series contested between two New York teams since the 1956 World Series. Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was named the World Series Most Valuable Player.

The Yankees advanced to the World Series by defeating the Oakland Athletics, three games to two, in the AL Division Series, and then the Seattle Mariners, four games to two, in the AL Championship Series; it was the third consecutive season the Yankees had reached the World Series, the fourth time in the past five years, and the 37th overall, making it the most of any team in MLB. The Mets advanced to the World Series by defeating the San Francisco Giants, three games to one, in the NL Division Series, and then the St. Louis Cardinals, four games to one, in the NL Championship Series; it was the team's fourth World Series appearance, making it the most of any expansion franchise in MLB and the Mets' first appearance since winning the 1986 World Series.

The Yankees were the first team in baseball to win three consecutive championships since the 1972–1974 Oakland Athletics, and the first professional sports team to accomplish the feat since the 1996–1998 Chicago Bulls.

2000 World Series
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Team (Wins) Manager(s) Season
New York Yankees (4) Joe Torre 87–74, .540, 2½ GA
New York Mets (1) Bobby Valentine 94–68, .580, 1 GB
DatesOctober 21–26
MVPDerek Jeter (New York Yankees)
UmpiresEd Montague (crew chief), Charlie Reliford, Jeff Kellogg, Tim Welke, Tim McClelland, Jerry Crawford
Hall of FamersYankees: Mariano Rivera, Joe Torre (manager)
Mets: Mike Piazza
ALCSNew York Yankees defeated Seattle Mariners, 4–2
NLCSNew York Mets defeated St. Louis Cardinals, 4–1
Broadcast
TelevisionFox (United States)
MLB International (International)
TV announcersJoe Buck, Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly (Fox)
Gary Thorne and Ken Singleton (MLB International)
RadioESPN
Radio announcersJon Miller and Dave Campbell
World Series Program
2000 World Series program
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Background

New York Yankees

Although the Yankees were in the midst of a dynasty and not far removed from their dominant 114-win 1998 season, the 2000 season was their weakest performance since 1995. They won just 87 games in the regular season and lost 15 of their last 18 games, closing 2000 with a seven-game losing streak. Many players who were great in 1998 (Tino Martinez, Paul O'Neill, Scott Brosius, Chuck Knoblauch, and David Cone) had below-average seasons in 2000.

Nonetheless, strong seasons by Jorge Posada, Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, and Mariano Rivera were enough to secure the AL East by 2.5 games. In the post-season, they defeated the Oakland Athletics in the AL Division Series 3-2 and the Seattle Mariners in the AL Championship Series 4-2 to reach the World Series. At the time, they were just the fourth team since 1960 to make the World Series after winning fewer than 90 games in the regular season.[note 1]

New York Mets

Highlighted by MVP-caliber seasons from Edgardo Alfonzo and Mike Piazza as well as strong pitching performances from Al Leiter and Mike Hampton, the New York Mets won 94 games in the regular season to capture the Wild Card by 8 games (though they lost the NL East to the Atlanta Braves by 1 game). By winning the 1999 and 2000 Wild Card, the Mets achieved their first back-to-back post-season appearances in franchise history, a feat they would match in 2015 and 2016.

The Mets defeated the 97-game winning San Francisco Giants in the NL Division Series, 3–1, and the 95-game winning St. Louis Cardinals, 4–1, in the NL Championship Series. The 2000 World Series was the first World Series appearance for the Mets since their championship in 1986 and their second post-season appearance since 1988.

Summary

AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL New York Mets (1)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 21 New York Mets – 3, New York Yankees – 4 (12 innings) Yankee Stadium 4:51 55,913[2] 
2 October 22 New York Mets – 5, New York Yankees – 6 Yankee Stadium 3:30 56,059[3] 
3 October 24 New York Yankees – 2, New York Mets – 4 Shea Stadium 3:39 55,299[4] 
4 October 25 New York Yankees – 3, New York Mets – 2 Shea Stadium 3:20 55,290[5] 
5 October 26 New York Yankees – 4, New York Mets – 2 Shea Stadium 3:32 55,292[6]

Matchups

Game 1

Saturday, October 21, 2000 8:00 pm (EDT) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
New York Mets (NL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 10 0
New York Yankees (AL) 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 12 0
WP: Mike Stanton (1–0)   LP: Turk Wendell (0–1)

The opener fell on two anniversaries. Twenty-five years prior, Boston Red Sox 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 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.

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NYCS R36 WF subway series 2000 Mets

Game 1 was a match-up between postseason veterans Al Leiter and Andy Pettitte. Both pitched scoreless ball until the sixth inning when David Justice's two-run double put the Yankees on top. In the top of the seventh inning, the Mets loaded the bases off Pettitte with one out on two singles and a walk before Bubba Trammell tied the game with a two-run single to left. After Timo Perez's sacrifice bunt moved up the runners, Jeff Nelson relieved Pettitte and allowed an RBI single to Edgardo Alfonzo to put the Mets on top. However, in the ninth, the Yankees tied the game on Chuck Knoblauch's bases-loaded sacrifice fly against Mets closer Armando Benítez. With the bases loaded, José Vizcaíno drove in Tino Martinez in the 12th inning against Turk Wendell with his fourth hit of the game to win it for the Yankees.

Game 2

Sunday, October 22, 2000 8:00 pm (EDT) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Mets (NL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 5 7 3
New York Yankees (AL) 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 X 6 12 1
WP: Roger Clemens (1–0)   LP: Mike Hampton (0–1)
Home runs:
NYM: Mike Piazza (1), Jay Payton (1)
NYY: Scott Brosius (1)

Roger Clemens started for the Yankees. Earlier in the year, during Interleague play, Clemens had hit Mets catcher Mike Piazza in the head with a fastball that resulted in a concussion and Piazza going on the disabled list. Early in Game 2, during Piazza's first time up, a Clemens pitch shattered Piazza's bat. The ball went foul, but a sharp edge of the bat came towards Clemens. He came off the mound and threw the bat towards the baseline, almost hitting the running Piazza. Piazza appeared baffled by Clemens' actions. After the game, Clemens would say 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.

The Yankees struck in the bottom of the first when Mets starter Mike Hampton walked two with outs before RBI singles by Tino Martinez and Jorge Posada put them up 2–0. Scott Brosius's leadoff home run next inning made it 3–0. Martinez doubled in the fifth and, after an intentional walk, scored on Paul O'Neill's single. In the seventh, reliever Glendon Rusch allowed a one-out single to Posada and subsequent double to O'Neill. Rick White relieved Rusch and allowed a sacrifice fly to Brosius. In the eighth, Derek Jeter doubled with one out off of White, who was relieved by Dennis Cook and allowed an RBI single to Martinez. Clemens pitched eight shutout innings, allowing just two hits (both singles by Todd Zeile) while striking out nine. In the ninth, Jeff Nelson relieved Clemens and allowed a leadoff single to Edgardo Alfonzo before Piazza homered to make it 6–2. After Robin Ventura singled, Mariano Rivera relieved Nelson. He retired Zeile, allowed a single to Benny Agbayani and then, after Lenny Harris hit into a force-out at home, Jay Payton's three-run home run cut the Yankee lead to 6–5. Rivera struck out Kurt Abbott looking to end the game, and give the Yankees a 2–0 series lead heading to Shea Stadium.

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 1927–29 and again 1937–40).

Game 3

Tuesday, October 24, 2000 8:18 pm (EDT) at Shea Stadium in Queens, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees (AL) 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 0
New York Mets (NL) 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 X 4 9 0
WP: John Franco (1–0)   LP: Orlando Hernández (0–1)   Sv: Armando Benítez (1)
Home runs:
NYY: None
NYM: Robin Ventura (1)

In Game 3, Robin Ventura's leadoff home run in the second off of Orlando Hernandez gave the Mets a 1–0 lead, but the Yankees tied it in the third when Derek Jeter singled with two outs off of Rick Reed and scored on David Justice's double. Next inning, Tino Martinez hit a leadoff single and scored on Paul O'Neill's one-out triple, but the Mets tied the game in the sixth when Mike Piazza hit a leadoff double and after a walk, scored on Todd Zeile's double. In the eighth, Zeile singled with one out and scored on Benny Agbayani's double. After Jay Payton singled, Mike Stanton relieved Hernandez and allowed a sacrifice fly to Bubba Trammell to pad the Mets lead. Closer Armando Benitez pitched a scoreless ninth despite allowing a leadoff single to Chuck Knoblauch as the Mets' 4–2 win ended the Yankees' fourteen-game winning streak in World Series play dating back to the 1996 World Series.

NYCS R142 subway series 2000 Yankees
NYCS R142 subway series 2000 Yankees

Yankee hurler Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez earned the loss, snapping his previous undefeated postseason record of 6–0.

Game 4

Wednesday, October 25, 2000 8:18 pm (EDT) at Shea Stadium in Queens, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees (AL) 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 0
New York Mets (NL) 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 1
WP: Jeff Nelson (1–0)   LP: Bobby Jones (0–1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)
Home runs:
NYY: Derek Jeter (1)
NYM: Mike Piazza (2)

Before Game 3, some analysts felt the tide had changed, that the Mets (down 2–1 in the Series) were now geared with enough momentum to make a comeback. That momentum lasted only until the first pitch from Mets starter Bobby Jones, which Jeter hit far into Shea Stadium's left-field bleachers. It was the 16th leadoff homer in World Series history, also extending a 13-game hitting streak in the World Series for Jeter. The Yankees added to their lead when Paul O'Neill tripled with one out in the second and .after an intentional walk, scored on Scott Brosius's sacrifice fly. In the third, Jeter hit a leadoff triple and scored on Luis Sojo's groundout. Mike Piazza's two-run home run off of Denny Neagle cut the Yankees' lead to 3–2, but neither team would score after that. The Yankees secured a dominant 3–1 lead in the Series, with elite pitchers Andy Pettite and Roger Clemens poised for Games 5 and 6 (if necessary). With this win, the Yankees had effectively killed all hope for the Mets.[5]

A now-iconic moment in Yankees lore, footage of Jeter's leadoff home run, currently serves as the background for the title screen of YES Network's Yankeeography series.[7]

Game 5

Thursday, October 26, 2000 8:18 pm (EDT) at Shea Stadium in Queens, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees (AL) 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 4 7 1
New York Mets (NL) 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 1
WP: Mike Stanton (2–0)   LP: Al Leiter (0–1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (2)
Home runs:
NYY: Bernie Williams (1), Derek Jeter (2)
NYM: None

Looking to clinch, the Yankees scored first on a Bernie Williams home run in the second inning. In the bottom half, however, with runners on second and third and two outs, Andy Pettitte's fielding error on Al Leiter's bunt attempt allowed the Mets to tie the score. Benny Agbayani's RBI single then put them up 2–1. In the top of the sixth, Derek Jeter homered to tie the game at 2–2.

The Series effectively ended in the top of the ninth. Mets ace Al Leiter had a pitch count that was approaching 140, but manager Bobby Valentine insisted that he would live or die with Leiter. After striking out Tino Martinez and Paul O'Neill, Leiter walked Jorge Posada and allowed a single to Scott Brosius. Yankees infielder Luis Sojo then singled to center, and the throw from center fielder Jay Payton hit Posada as he was sliding into home plate. The ball went into the Yankees' dugout. Bottom of the 9th inning, Mets' slugger Mike Piazza hit a fly ball off Mariano Rivera with two outs and a runner on third. Many thought the ball was a home run. Yankees manager Joe Torre said of the last at-bat:

It was probably the most scared I've been when Mike hit that ball ... I screamed, "No!" Because any time he hits a ball in the air, it's a home run in my mind. I saw Bernie trotting over for that. I said, "Wow! I guess I misread that one."[8]

Yankees catcher Jorge Posada similarly said, years later:

I remember it was a loud sound ... It was a pitch that got too much of the plate. It was supposed to be inside. I remember the swing, I remember Mo’s reaction. And then I looked at the ball and I see Bernie running after it, and then he stopped. And I’m like, O.K., we’re good.[9]

However, Bernie Williams, after the game, with champagne pouring over him, said, "I knew right away ... I knew he didn't hit it.[10]" Likewise, Mariano Rivera in his last season (2013) was asked if he thought Piazza had hit a home run and answered, "No ... He didn't hit it with the sweet spot." [11]

Game 5 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 (the Mets lost in 1973 in Oakland). This World Series provided some measure 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, the Boston Red Sox. Incidentally, members of the 1986 Mets World Series team threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game.[12][13][14]

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Artwork from the Daily News featuring Derek Jeter & Mike Piazza
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The New York City Subway promoted rapid transit usage for the 2000 "Subway Series." The D and 4 served Yankee Stadium and the 7 served Shea Stadium.

2000 World Series (4–1): New York Yankees (A.L.) over New York Mets (N.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
New York Yankees 3 3 2 1 1 3 1 1 3 0 0 1 19 47 2
New York Mets 0 3 2 0 0 1 3 2 5 0 0 0 16 40 5
Total attendance: 277,853   Average attendance: 55,571
Winning player's share: $294,783   Losing player's share: $238,654[15]

Aftermath

2000 would be the last World Series title the Yankees would win for nine years, though they would remain competitive each year.[note 2] They lost the 2001 World Series to the Arizona Diamondbacks in seven games and the 2003 World Series to the Florida Marlins in six games.

The 2000 World Series was the last hurrah for this Mets core that consisted of Piazza, Leiter, Franco, Alfonzo, Ventura, and manager Bobby Valentine. After four consecutive seasons of competitive baseball,[note 3] the Mets would average just 74 wins in the next four seasons, including a 95-loss season in 2003 and two last-place finishes in the NL East (2002 and 2003). After 2002, Bobby Valentine and nearly all of the coaching staff were fired, and by 2005, Mike Piazza was the only remnant from the 2000 team; he would leave the Mets after that season.

The Mets have made three postseason appearances since then. The first occurred in 2006, when they lost the NLCS to the eventual champions, the St. Louis Cardinals; the second came in 2015, as NL East champions, when they made a return trip to the World Series and lost to the Kansas City Royals (also in five games); the third took place in 2016 when they lost to the San Francisco Giants in the National League Wild Card game.

This was the final World Series the New York Yankees won while playing at the old Yankee Stadium (as previously mentioned, they lost in 2001 and again in 2003) and the final World Series played at Shea Stadium. Both stadiums closed at the end of the 2008 Major League Baseball season. The first season at the new Yankee Stadium (2009) ended with the Yankees winning their 27th; meanwhile, the 2015 New York Mets hosted their first-ever World Series at Citi Field, where they lost to the Kansas City Royals in five games.

Derek Jeter was the last active player involved in the 2000 World Series. He retired following the 2014 season. Some players, like Robin Ventura and Joe McEwing, currently work as coaches.

Records

  • The 1998–2000 New York Yankees established 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.
  • Mariano Rivera became the first and, to date, only pitcher to record the final out in three straight World Series. In 1998, he retired the Padres' Mark Sweeney to clinch the championship; in 1999, he retired the Braves' Keith Lockhart; and in 2000, he retired the Mets' Mike Piazza.

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 that remain 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.[16]

Ratings

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. The Series drew well in the New York metropolitan area, but nationally, it was, at the time, the lowest-rated World Series in history by a solid margin. Many contemporary analysts argued that the ratings slide was due to lack of interest outside of New York City.[17] Others 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 their infancy and were a non-factor in 2000.

Three of the next four World Series (2001, 2003 and 2004) were all rated higher than the 2000 World Series. Following the Boston Red Sox' 86-year championship drought ending with a victory in the 2004 World Series, the event has seen a decline in ratings; every World Series from 2005 to 2013 has drawn lower ratings (sometimes substantially lower) than the 2000 Series.

Game Ratings
(households)
Share
(households)
American audience
(in millions)
1 11.5 22 17.56
2 12.6 20 19.05
3 12.4 21 17.45
4 12.5 21 17.61
5 13.1 21 18.93

DVD

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 in October 2013 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment [18]

Notes

  1. ^ The 1997 Indians won 86 games, the 1987 Twins won 85 games, and the 1973 Mets won 82 games.
  2. ^ From 2001-2012, the Yankees would make the playoffs every year except 2008
  3. ^ The Mets missed the post-season by 1 game in 1998, they made the NLCS in 1999, and they made the World Series in 2000

See also

References

Inline citations
  1. ^ "2000 World Series". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  2. ^ "2000 World Series Game 1 - New York Mets vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  3. ^ "2000 World Series Game 2 - New York Mets vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  4. ^ "2000 World Series Game 3 - New York Yankees vs. New York Mets". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  5. ^ a b "2000 World Series Game 4 - New York Yankees vs. New York Mets". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  6. ^ "2000 World Series Game 5 - New York Yankees vs. New York Mets". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  7. ^ http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/images/reviews/103/1098159064.jpg
  8. ^ "Sports - Champions belong in any discussion of greatest teams - Seattle Times Newspaper".
  9. ^ "Timeless Sport's Final Moments". The New York Times. November 3, 2009.
  10. ^ "Rivera and Rest of Pen Did Job When Needed". The New York Times. October 27, 2000.
  11. ^ "Mariano meets with Mets fans, employees".
  12. ^ "Yanks' fans celebrate as Mets' mourn". USA Today. October 27, 2000. p. 6C. Briefly: Members of the New York Mets' 1986 World Series champions—catcher Gary Carter, first baseman Keith Hernandez, outfielders Lenny Dykstra and Mookie Wilson and pitcher Ron Darling—took part in the ceremonial first pitch.
  13. ^ Graves, Gary (October 27, 2000). "Mets invoke grit of 1986 champs". USA Today.
  14. ^ Salisbury, Jim (October 27, 2000). "Ex-Phillie Dykstra Still a Mets Dude". Philadelphia Inquirer. p. D1.
  15. ^ "World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares". Baseball Almanac. Archived from the original on May 2, 2009. Retrieved June 14, 2009.
  16. ^ Zipay, Steve (October 26, 2000). "Going Yard, Off Guard". Newsday.
  17. ^ "Subway Series is lowest-rated Fall Classic in history". CNN.
  18. ^ "2000 Yankees World Series Collector's Edition". Home Theater Forum.
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External links

1999 National League Wild Card tie-breaker game

The 1999 National League wild-card tie-breaker game was a one-game extension to Major League Baseball's (MLB) 1999 regular season, played between the New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds to determine the winner of the National League (NL) wild card. It was played at Cinergy Field in Cincinnati, on October 4, 1999. The Mets won the game, 5–0, with starting pitcher Al Leiter pitching a two-hit shutout. As a result, the Mets qualified for the postseason and the Reds did not.

The game was necessary after both teams finished the season with identical win–loss records of 96–66. Some described the Mets as collapsing late in the season while the race between the Reds and their division rival Houston Astros was close enough to create the possibility of a three-way tie. The Reds won a coin flip late in the season which, by rule at the time, awarded them home field for the game. Upon winning, the Mets advanced to NL Division Series (NLDS) where they defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks, three-games-to-one. They then advanced to the NL Championship Series (NLCS) but were defeated by the Atlanta Braves in six games, bringing an end to the Mets' season. In baseball statistics, the tie-breaker counted as the 163rd regular-season game by both teams, with all events in the game added to regular-season statistics.

2000 American League Division Series

The 2000 American League Division Series (ALDS), the opening round of the 2000 American League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 3, and ended on Sunday, October 8, with the champions of the three AL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. The teams were:

(1) Chicago White Sox (Central Division champion, 95–67) vs. (4) Seattle Mariners (Wild Card, 91–71): Mariners win series, 3–0.

(2) Oakland Athletics (Western Division champion, 91–70) vs. (3) New York Yankees (Eastern Division champion, 87–74): Yankees win series, 3–2.The Mariners and the defending World Series champion Yankees went on to meet in the AL Championship Series for the right to advance to the 2000 World Series against the National League champion New York Mets.

2000 National League Division Series

The 2000 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2000 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 3, and ended on Sunday, October 8, with the champions of the three NL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. They were:

(1) San Francisco Giants (Western Division champions, 97–65) vs. (4) New York Mets (Wild Card, 94–68): Mets win series, 3–1.

(2) St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champions, 95–67) vs. (3) Atlanta Braves (Eastern Division champions, 95–67): Cardinals win series, 3–0.The Cardinals and Mets went on to meet in the NL Championship Series (NLCS). The Mets beat the Cardinals four games to one to advance to the 2000 World Series, where they would face the American League champion New York Yankees. With their division rival Atlanta Braves losing to the Cardinals, the Mets' run to the World Series became much easier.

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Dave Colclough

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Denny Neagle

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Diego Cordovez

Diego Cordovez (born 1965) is an American poker player, the only son of the former UN Under Secretary General, Diego Cordovez. He has won one World Series of Poker bracelet, and he has 16 WSOP cash finishes including 7 final tables. He has won over $1.4 million in career tournament winnings. His 16 cashes at the WSOP account for $613,847 of those winnings.Born in New York City, Cordovez claims to have been introduced to poker by his first-grade teacher, as a way of making basic math seem like fun.At the 2000 World Series of Poker, Cordovez won the $2,000 no limit Texas hold 'em event, earning more than $290,000 and a bracelet. He defeated English professional poker player and bracelet winner, Dave Ulliott heads-up to win the tournament. The final table also included Phil Ivey, David Pham and Toto Leonidas. Cordovez followed this a couple of months later with another first-place finish at the Legends of Poker no limit hold 'em event.In 2002, Cordovez cashed in another four WSOP events, making the final table in three of them, including a second place in the $2000 SHOE event, losing to Phil Ivey. He also won the limit holdem championship at the Los Angeles Poker Open at the Commerce Casino, at the time the largest limit holdem tournament in history; first prize was $569,430.

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Edgardo Alfonzo

Edgardo Antonio Alfonzo (born November 8, 1973), nicknamed Fonzie, is a former Major League Baseball infielder who is currently the manager of the Brooklyn Cyclones. Alfonzo spent the majority of his 12-year playing career with the New York Mets, with whom he played in the 2000 World Series. Alfonzo's 29.7 wins above replacement (WAR) as a Met place him as the seventh most valuable player in franchise history.

Glenallen Hill

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José Vizcaíno

José Luis Vizcaíno Pimental (born March 26, 1968) is a Dominican former professional baseball player. He was a backup infielder for most of his Major League Baseball (MLB) career. He, along with Darryl Strawberry, and Ricky Ledée are the only Major League Baseball players to have played for all four (former and current) New York teams—the New York Yankees, the New York Mets, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the San Francisco Giants. With the Yankees, he won the 2000 World Series against the Mets.

Mets–Yankees rivalry

The Mets–Yankees rivalry refers to the latest incarnation of the Subway Series, which is the interleague rivalry between New York City's Major League Baseball (MLB) teams: the New York Mets and the New York Yankees. The Mets are a member club of MLB's National League (NL) East division, and the Yankees are a member club of MLB's American League (AL) East division.

Until interleague play started, the two teams had only met in exhibition games. Since the inception of interleague play, the two teams have played each other in every regular season since 1997. From 1999 through 2012, they have played six games per season: two three-game series (one series in each team's ballpark). In 2013, the two teams met four times: a pair of two-game series. Both clubs have qualified for the postseason in the same season on four separate occasions: 1999, 2000, 2006, and 2015, and faced off in the 2000 World Series. Analysts of the game have commented that the rivalry is the best reason for interleague play.

Mike Hampton

Michael William Hampton (born September 9, 1972) is an American former professional baseball player. Hampton played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a pitcher from 1993 through 2010. He pitched for the Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros, New York Mets, Colorado Rockies, Atlanta Braves and Arizona Diamondbacks. He was the bullpen coach for the Mariners before resigning on July 9, 2017.

Hampton is a two-time MLB All-Star. He won five Silver Slugger Awards and a Gold Glove Award. He was the Most Valuable Player of the 2000 National League Championship Series, and he pitched in the 2000 World Series for the Mets.

Mike Piazza

Michael Joseph Piazza (; born September 4, 1968) is a former American professional baseball catcher who played 16 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), from 1992 to 2007. He played most notably for the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers, while also having brief stints with the Florida Marlins, San Diego Padres, and Oakland Athletics. A 12-time All-Star and 10-time Silver Slugger Award winner at catcher, Piazza produced strong offensive numbers at his position; in his career, he recorded 427 home runs—a record 396 of which were hit as catcher—along with a .308 batting average and 1,335 runs batted in (RBIs).

Piazza was drafted by the Dodgers in the 1988 MLB draft as a favor from Tommy Lasorda to Piazza's father. Initially a first baseman, Piazza converted to catcher in the minor leagues at Lasorda's suggestion to improve his chances of being promoted. He made his major league debut in 1992 and the following year was named the National League (NL) Rookie of the Year and was an All-Star for the first of 10 consecutive seasons. Piazza immediately impressed with his ability to hit for power and average. His best year as a Dodger came in 1997 when he batted .362, hit 40 home runs, and had 124 RBIs, leading to a runner-up finish in voting for the NL Most Valuable Player Award. In 1998, he was traded to the Marlins and then a week later to the Mets, with whom he spent most of the remainder of his career. He helped the Mets reach the 2000 World Series, the only World Series appearance of his career. After the 2005 season, Piazza left the Mets to play one season each for the Padres and Athletics before retiring after the 2007 season.

Piazza is regarded as one of the best offensive catchers in baseball history. He had at least one RBI in 15 consecutive games for the Mets in 2000, the second-longest RBI streak ever. In 2013, the Mets inducted Piazza into the New York Mets Hall of Fame. In 2016, Piazza was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame as a Met, receiving 83% of the vote.Piazza is owner of the Italian soccer team A.C. Reggiana 1919, which played for two seasons (2017–2018) in Serie C under his leadership before its non-registration due to continued financial troubles.

Randy Choate

Randol Doyle Choate (born September 5, 1975) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. The New York Yankees selected him in the 1997 Major League Baseball (MLB) draft from Florida State University. Choate made his MLB debut for the Yankees in 2000, and also pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tampa Bay Rays, Florida/Miami Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers, and St. Louis Cardinals. He won the 2000 World Series with the Yankees, beating the New York Mets.

As a left-handed relief pitcher, Choate appeared mainly in matchups against left-handed hitters. His pitching style featured a sidearm-delivery style that hid the ball effectively from left-handed hitters, while only marginally so against right-handed hitters. His repertoire featured almost exclusively a sinking fastball and slider combination.

Steve Finley

Steven Allen Finley (born March 12, 1965) is an American former Major League Baseball outfielder.

He was a two-time All-Star (1997, 2000), World Series champion (2001), and five-time Gold Glove Award winner (1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2004). He is one of only two players (Matt Herges) to play for all five National League West teams.

Subway Series

The Subway Series is a series of Major League Baseball (MLB) rivalry games played between the two teams based in New York City, the Yankees and the Mets. Previously, this applied to the Giants and Dodgers as well, before they moved out of New York City. Every historic and current venue for such games has been accessible via the New York City Subway, hence the name of the series.

The term's historic usage has been in reference to World Series games played between the city's teams. The New York Yankees have appeared in all Subway Series games as they have been the only American League (AL) team based in the city, and have compiled an 11–3 all-time series record in the 14 championship Subway Series.

Since 1997, the term Subway Series has been applied to interleague play during the regular season between the Yankees and New York City's National League (NL) team: the New York Mets. The Mets and Yankees also played each other in the 2000 World Series, in which the Yankees won.

Willie Tann

Willie Tann is an English professional poker player. Tann was born in Singapore and moved to England to study law in the 1960s.

Tann made one appearance on the original televised poker show Late Night Poker, finishing 3rd in his heat behind Padraig Parkinson and Ken Lennaárd. In later years he would also play in the European Poker Tour.Tann mentored Zac Goldsmith (editor of The Ecologist) in poker, leading Goldsmith to his 3rd-place finish in the 2004 Poker Million.

Tann made a final table at the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event of the 2000 World Series of Poker (WSOP), receiving $26,910 for his 4th-place finish behind Johnny Chan. In 2005 he won a WSOP bracelet in the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event, to take home a prize of $188,335. In the 2007 World Series of Poker Tann cashed in the money for the first time in the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event coming in 77th place out of a field of 6,358 players, winning $106,382

At one time Tann was a spokesman for Betfairpoker. He qualified for the 2005 WSOP Main Event via an online tournament on the site, eliminating the site founder Andrew Black in the process.

As of 2015, his total live tournament winnings exceed $1,900,000.Tann has numerous nicknames on the poker circuit. Although usually called "The Dice Man", he also goes by the monikers '"The Governor" and "Mister Miyagi".

Tann currently lives in Bovingdon, Hertfordshire. He is married and has one son.

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