The Bronx is Boiling: Yankees Offseason Vol. II
By Wayne Cavadi
Brosius, the third baseman for the Oakland Athletics, had a breakout season in 1996 hitting .304 with 22 home runs. He followed that performance up with one of the worst seasons imaginable. When the Yankees sent All-Star pitcher Kenny Rogers to Oakland for a guy coming off a .203, 11 home run season, Yankees’ fans couldn’t figure out what the heck had happened. By the time Brosius hung it up after the 2001 World Series, he would be a Yankees’ legend.
Brosius would go to the World Series four straight seasons in pinstripes (the final four seasons of his career). If you think he wasn’t as crucial a piece of the Yankees dynasty as any of the Hall of Fame names on the roster, you didn’t watch Yankees’ baseball. Brosius hit memorable home run after memorable home run in the post season. His first season in the Bronx, Brosius hit .400 in the ALDS, .300 in the ALCS, and .417 with two game-changing home runs in the World Series to allowed him to capture the 1998 WS MVP Award. Brosius would never stop, hitting 8 home runs in the post season, including one of the more unforgettable ones in the 2001 World Series. Though the Yanks would lose that Series, Brosius’s spark resinated across the nation in one of the more emotional World Series ever played.