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October 23, 2000|BILL PLASCHKE

So the Yankees' 4-3 victory over the Mets in 12 innings Saturday -- despitetrailing by a run with one out in the ninth -- was the most exciting of their record 13 consecutive World Series wins, right?

Not so fast.

It wasn't the greatest, only the latest.

There was the Jim Leyritz Game.

That was Game 4 in the 1996 Series against the Atlanta Braves, where the Yankees trailed 6-0 after five innings and 6-3 entering the eighth before Leyritz tied it with a three-run homer against Mark Wohlers that led to an 8-6 victory in 10 innings.

Considering that group of Yankees had yet to win a World Series at the time, and were on the verge of trailing three games to one, many of them cite this moment as the streak's greatest.

Then there was the Trevor Hoffman Game.

In Game 3 of the 1998 Series, they trailed the San Diego Padres, 3-0, after six innings, and 3-2 after seven innings.

But in the eighth, against previously untouchable closer Trevor Hoffman, Scott Brosius hit a three-run home to give the Yankess an eventual victory.

Finally, there was the Chad Curtis Game.

It was Game 3 of last season's World Series against the Atlanta Braves, who led 5-1 after four inning. The Yankees hit three homers to eventually tie it in the eighth, then Chad Curtis won it, 6-5, with a homer in the bottom of the 10th.

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