The Yankees were the first team in baseball to three-peat as champions since the 1972–1974 Oakland Athletics and the first professional sports team to accomplish the feat since the 1996–1998 Chicago Bulls.
The Yankees defeated the Mets four games to one to win their third consecutive championship and 26th overall.It marks, to date, the last World Series with a repeat champion.Early in Game 2, during Piazza's first time up, a Clemens pitch shattered Piazza's bat.The ball went foul, but a sharp edge of the bat came towards Clemens.Game 1 was a match-up between postseason veterans Al Leiter and Andy Pettitte.
Both pitched scoreless ball until the sixth inning when David Justice's two-run double put the Yankees on top.
This is the most recent World Series in which both participating teams had made the postseason the previous year.
Under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between MLB and the new World Umpires Association signed in 2000, the traditional separate National League and American League umpiring staffs were discontinued.
In the seventh, reliever Glendon Rusch allowed a one-out single to Posada and subsequent double to O'Neill.
Rick White relieved Rusch and allowed a sacrifice fly to Brosius.
Scott Brosius's leadoff home run next inning made it 3–0.