Yankees' layoff is great, or disastrous

The Yanks won the World Series in '96 after a week off, but Jim Leyland says beware

Updated: October 12, 2010, 4:07 AM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

On Oct. 13, 1996, the New York Yankees -- behind a young pitcher named Andy Pettitte -- beat the Baltimore Orioles to clinch the American League pennant. They then had to wait a full week before starting the World Series.

It was the longest rest stop in Yankees postseason history.

On Oct. 20, 1996, Pettitte lost Game 1 of the World Series, 12-1, to the Atlanta Braves' John Smoltz. The Yankees lost Game 2 as well in the Bronx, but we all know how the Series ultimately turned out.

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