When Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera were both called up in the summer of 1995, few could have predicted the skinny shortstop and the reliever who relied so heavily on a single pitch would become two of the greatest New York Yankees ever to don the uniform.
For the past 18 seasons the Yankees have been the most dominant team in baseball qualifying for postseason play 17 times, while winning five World Series championships. Throughout this incredulous run Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera have cemented themselves in baseball lore as their consistency and clutch performances led the Yankees to victory thousands of times.
In the modern era of free agency Jeter and Rivera served as the glue holding together the core values of Yankee baseball as the team saw much turnover amongst its roster. While both players will be back in 2013, it is inevitable that in the near future the Yankees will have to move on without them.
Here is a look back at the seven greatest games of one of the most exciting eras of New York Yankees baseball.