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Postby patchyfogg » Sat May 27, 2006 9:54 am

As most of you already know, I co-host a 100% commercial-free, no one makes a dime from it, Sports Talk radio show on Long Island. Last night, Joel Sherman from the New York Post was our guest. He has a brand new book out called Birth of a Dynasty, all about the 1996 Yankees.

He spoke with us for 62(!) commercial-free minutes and the interview (but for 2-3 questions at the very end) is all Yankees talk.

Here is the link:

Here is what was discussed (in chronological order):

--A discussion of how everything was aligned right that year
--Jim Leyritz
--The deals that were never made
--Bill Livesey
--George Steinbrenner & his GM’s
--Joe Torre’s “Calm Bombs”
--Joel’s use of what was going on in the real world at the time, as sort of a touchstone
--“The Shadow Cabinet”
--Clyde King’s early thoughts on Derek Jeter
--Mariano for Felix Fermin?!?!
--The 1992 Draft and how the Yanks got Jeter
--Derek Jeter’s 1st Minor League season
--Bernie Williams
--Funny story about Bernie & Juan Gonzalez
--Bernie becoming a switch hitter
--Jeter and Bernie in Brian Butterfield’s Boot Camp
--Tino Martinez
--“National League style”
--Strawberry and Fielder being added to “Bronx Bombers”
--David Cone
--The Braves looking like the Team of the Decade until that point
--Buck Showalter
--Joe Torre’s history
--Arthur Richman
--Brian Cashman’s role back then
--Denny Neagle
--Smoltz & Glavine commenting on Leyritz’s homer off Wohlers
--The Orioles & Davey Johnson
--Frank Torre on Joe Torre
--Jeffrey Maier
--Paul O’Neill
--Jimmy Key
--Ruben Rivera
--Mel Hall being mean to a young Bernie Williams
--Is the Dynasty over?
--Joe Girardi
--The Steroid Era
--Dwight Gooden today
--Randy Johnson
--Tradewinds & the Farm System
--Mets & El Duque
--Can the Yanks still win it all this year?
--Carlos Delgado
--Barry Bonds
--Will Andy Pettitte’s best friend be a Yankee this year?
--Will a member of the Dynasty manage the team someday?
--What is David Cone doing today?

As always, thanks and I hope you enjoy. And, please tell a Yankees fan friend, as well.
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Postby WharfRat » Mon May 29, 2006 10:22 pm

I just finished this book, and it's very good. Sherman's writing style is a little scattershot at times, which makes it occasionally hard to follow, but overall it's a nice trip down memory lane. Highly recommended. ;-D
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Postby patchyfogg » Tue May 30, 2006 1:02 am

Wharf: That is a perfect encapsulation of my feelings about the book, as well.
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