'Daddy, you have been a Yankee fan for a long time, right?' 'Sure have, son.' 'Did they really win eight straight World Series titles back then? That just seems impossible.' 'Yeah, we really couldn't believe it. My dad always talked about the late nineties teams but even he had to admit that the run starting in 2018 dwarfed it by the end.' 'So how did they break through? I remember reading they lost the ALCS in 7 the year before to Houston, then they were behind in the division race most of 2018, right?' 'Yeah, way behind Boston at the start of September. They had just started a West Coast swing against their two wild card competitors, and got outclassed in the opener in Oakland, 8 losses behind Boston in the East with 24 to play.' 'And then I guess the only way to say it is they just stopped losing, right?' 'Yep, turned on a dime and they just charged through the finish line. A couple of blowout wins in Oakland, a sweep in Seattle where they somehow beat the best closer in the league Edwin Diaz three straight times, 19 more after that including six with Boston. I'll never forget that shot at the end of the second sweep of Mookie Betts crying, and JD Martinez coming over to console him and just breaking down also.' 'So 110-52, right?' 'Yep, won the division going away, rolled through the postseason and it didn't stop until Juan Soto Jr. singlehandedly beat us in 2026. Good times. And it all started that day after Labor Day in Oakland in 2018...'