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by Buster Olney

  • Author: Buster Olney
  • ISBN: 0060515074
  • ISBN13: 978-0060515072
  • ePub: 1338 kb | FB2: 1274 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Americas
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (April 26, 2005)
  • Pages: 384
  • Rating: 4.3/5
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The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty: The Game, the Team, and the Cost of Greatness ePub download

has chronicled the definitive story of the Bronx Bombers at the end of the 20th century. I also really enjoyed how Olney focused on the last game of the 2001 World Series, but often leaves the action of the game to give the back story to a player or situation

has chronicled the definitive story of the Bronx Bombers at the end of the 20th century. An astonishing richness of detail here that you simply won’t find anywhere else. I also really enjoyed how Olney focused on the last game of the 2001 World Series, but often leaves the action of the game to give the back story to a player or situation. In this way, the book is both a history of the Yankees and a recounting of the loss to Arizona in 2001. I also thought the name of the book was perfectly suited to the content. And, sadly, as a Yankee fan I do often find myself looking back to these years wondering if the Yanks will ever be able to create it again.

The structure of the book, stretching a detailed description the last game of the 2001 World Series from the beginning to the end . Olney's analysis of the Yankee organization is an exceptional look into all aspects of Yankee baseball.

The structure of the book, stretching a detailed description the last game of the 2001 World Series from the beginning to the end, was well-conceived and well-executed. The Boss (George Steinbrenner) comes off as a heavy, which he was, but I never forgot how much he wanted to win and how willing he was to pend his money to achieve that. He goes back to 1996 when the Yankees became World Series This is a first-rate sports book. If I wanted to introduce a bookish friend to MLB and/or the Yankees, this would be a great selection.

With an insider's familiarity with the game, Olney reveals what may have been an inevitable fall that last night of the Yankee dynasty, and its powerful aftermath

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With an insider's familiarity with the game, Olney reveals what may have been an inevitable fall that last night of the Yankee dynasty, and its powerful aftermath.

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Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty is a book written by ESPN sportswriter Buster Olney that chronicles the rise and fall of the New York Yankees' 1996-2001 dynasty against the backdrop of the franchise's loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks in G. .

Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty is a book written by ESPN sportswriter Buster Olney that chronicles the rise and fall of the New York Yankees' 1996-2001 dynasty against the backdrop of the franchise's loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series.

History of the New York Yankees. LibraryThing members' description. For six extraordinary years around the turn of the millennium, the Yankees were baseball’s unstoppable force. With four World Series championships in five seasons and a deep bench of legends and comers - Clemens, Rivera, Williams, Soriano, Jeter, O’Neill - they dominated the major leagues earning the love of their hometown fans and the grudging admiration of players and spectators elsewhere. For the players and coaches, though, baseball Yankees-style was an almost unbearable pressure cooker of anxiety, expectation, and infighting.

Manufacturer: Ecco Release date: 17 August 2004 ISBN-10 : 0060515066 ISBN-13: 9780060515065.

For an extraordinary handful of years around the turn of the millennium, the Yankees were baseball's unstoppable force. With four World Series championships in five seasons and a deep bench of legends and comers -- Clemens, Rivera, Williams, Soriano, Jeter, O'Neill -- they dominated the major leagues.

For the members of the team, though, baseball Yankees-style was a pressure cooker of anxiety, expectation, and infighting. As the spending and emotion spiraled, careers were made and broken, friendships began and ended, and a sports dynasty rose and fell.

In The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty, Buster Olney tracks the Yankees through these tumultuous seasons and into the scandals and disappointments of 2004, providing insightful portraits of the stars, the foot soldiers, the coaches, the manager, and the Boss himself. With unparalleled knowledge of the game and an insider's familiarity with the team, Olney also advances a compelling argument that the philosophy that made the Yankees great was inherently unsustainable, ultimately harmful to the sport, and led inevitably to that warm autumn night in Arizona -- the last night of the Yankee dynasty.

Mazuzahn
As a long time fan of the Yankees, I found this book to be spot on. Too many fans from other teams often berate me a little when they find out my team of choice. They say things like how the Yankees buy their championships, are the evil empire, or despise their players. Sadly, not a lot of this was true during their extraordinary run at the end of the 1990's. Instead, they focused on team chemistry, grit, and great starting pitching. Once the team began to move away from these important parts of baseball the winning continued, but not the championships. I think Olney does a fantastic job in explaining this--and he nails it. If you really want to know why the Yankees had a great run read this book.

I also really enjoyed how Olney focused on the last game of the 2001 World Series, but often leaves the action of the game to give the back story to a player or situation. In this way, the book is both a history of the Yankees and a recounting of the loss to Arizona in 2001.

I also thought the name of the book was perfectly suited to the content. And, sadly, as a Yankee fan I do often find myself looking back to these years wondering if the Yanks will ever be able to create it again.
Gaxaisvem
Another lucid piece of writing from Buster Olney. Using Game 7 of the 2001 World Series, which Olney deems the "the last night," as a backdrop, the book explains the backgrounds of players and other central figures of the late 90s dynasty. Each chapter is focused on a specific player and their role in the dynasty, which is in turn wrapped into specific parts of Game 7. The book function like a series of independent anecdotes, which are entertaining, but are told at the expense of showing the chronological erosion of the dynasty itself. Olney's format is vivid and entertaining, but a chronological analysis might better showcase the reasons for the dynasty's collapse.

The first Yankees dynasty (30s-40s) was founded on homegrown talent. Free agency was not part of the game the, but the Yankees cultivated all-stars including Dickey, DiMaggio, and Gehrig to dominate the sport. Homegrown talent helped the Yankees prosper in the 90s, too. The dynasty had invaluable veteran imports like Martinez and O'Neill, but without the homegrown youngsters -- Jeter, Pettitte, Posada, Rivera, and Williams -- the dynasty would have never been. All empires fall eventually, but the Yankees' fall was seemingly quick.

Yankee dynasty collapsed for obvious reasons: many key players left and/or retired. The expensive new players had to inherit the winning legacy, which they could not do. This financially constrained the Yankees. Olney touches on how the "money machine spun out of control." The epilogue provides some insight on this topic: monster contracts for ultimately inconsistent players limited the Yankees' options. Veterans who were past their primes were acquired in hopes of preserving and prolonging the Yankees' winning ways (Giambi, Sheffield, and Brown to name a few). The Yankees, as they frequently did under George Steinbrenner, traded away their farm system, the very foundation of the 90s dynasty. Olney does not provide any new perspectives/analysis as to why the dynasty collapsed. I have heard it before.

I must say, I was expecting something along the lines of a "Moneyball-esque" analysis of the Yankees' mistakes that led to the fall of the dynasty. Or was it poor intangibles and chemistry that burned the Yankees, not just statistics? I could see perspectives on this topic evolving with time -- historiography, if you will. With the Yankees stuck in a comparative "dark age" in the 2010s, I could see an author coming forward with a more holistic understanding of how the Yankees declined post-2001/02/03.

If you were a die hard Yankees fan in the 90s and regularly read The New York Times and/or The Star Ledger sports pages, you will not learn any new material. This is a fun, nostalgic read that passes the time, but it lacks the analysis and new perspectives needed to become a heralded piece of baseball historiography. This has all been reported on before, but it's nice to have it all together in one clear, concise book. It is still a fun read for any Yankees fan, but this has not mapped out any new territory or ideas.
Bukelv
Buster Olney has written an engaging book centered around game 7 of the 2001 World Series. Most of the key Yankees of that era get their own chapter and as the book progresses, the story of that game is told inning by inning. For Yankees fans, it was a tough loss but overall this was a good book. I would have liked a bit more about the dramatic comeback wins of games 3-5 and more on the effect of the 9/11 tragedy. Still, a good story even though we know it ends with that cheap broken bat hit.
Westened
Three years hence, Buster Olney brings us back to that fateful Game 7 in 2001 which effectively ended the Yankees' 3-year championship run. Interspersed with the narrative are interesting backgrounders on each main character of the Yankee team - Steinbrenner, Torre, Jeter, O'Neill, Brosius, Rivera, Girardi and Knoblauch.

The Yankees that Olney describes in this book are a team with shared experiences from Torre's and Stottlemyre's battles with cancer to the loss of a parent for some team members. Particularly poignant was when Paul O'Neill returned to the locker room after the 1999 Series clinching game and realized that he could no longer call his father as he before Game 3. Shortly after, the door opened and in came Clemens, followed by Brosius and Sojo, all who have already lost their fathers comforting him.

In the center of the book is the Yankee's indefatigable owner George Steinbrenner who'll stop at nothing to build a World Series Champion. From that fateful loss at the hands of the D'backs, he relied less on less on the judgment of his executives resulting in a team of All-Stars which relied less and less of that team dynamic to win games but fell short of championships.

Though Olney may not have been aware of it, he has no doubt provided quite a convincing argument not only why Rivera blew the save in Game 7 that day but also why Rivera and ultimately the Yankees blew a 3-0 lead in the 2004 ALCS against the hated Red Sox.
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