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Super Scott!

Brosius named World Series MVP

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Posted: Friday November 27, 1998 07:08 PM

  Joe Torre on Scott Brosius: "There's a lot of things he has done base-hit wise, defense-wise and just attitude-wise that has helped everyone on the bench..." Vincent Laforet/Allsport

SAN DIEGO (CNN/SI) - A year ago, Scott Brosius was eating pizza and watching TV when the Florida Marlins won the World Series. This year, he had a much better seat for the Fall Classic.

The New York third baseman was named the World Series MVP Wednesday night after going 8-for-17 (.471) with two homers and six RBIs in four games as the Yankees completed their sweep of the Padres with a 3-0 win over the San Diego Padres.

"I think it's every player's dream to get to the World Series and feel like you've played a part of the team getting there and the team winning," Brosius said.

Brosius drove in the Yankees' final run in the eighth inning. And after he threw to first for the final out, Brosius' teammates serenaded him in the clubhouse the same way the right-field bleacher fans rhythmically chanted his name all season at Yankee Stadium.

"Scot-ty, Bro-sius ..... Scot-ty Bro-sius."

What a turnaround from 1997. Last fall, the Yankees finally dumped disappointing pitcher Kenny Rogers off Oakland and got Brosius in return. There were some eyebrows raised at the deal since the third baseman was coming off a miserable 1997 season with the A's, batting .203 with just 41 RBIs.

But from the outset of this season, Brosius fit right in with the Yankees. He batted .300 with 19 homers and 98 RBIs in 152 games. Punctuating his remarkable season and the Yankees' incredible depth is the fact that Brosius often batted ninth in the order.

Forget the World Series MVP, many of the Yankees felt Brosius was their most valuable player since April because of his presence on the field and in the clubhouse.

"There's a lot of things he has done base-hit wise, defense-wise and just attitude-wise that has helped everyone on the bench also," Yankees manager Joe Torre said before Game 4.

Brosius, 32, played the postseason while his father underwent colon cancer surgery and chemotherapy. His father was in the stands Tuesday night when Brosius hit the two homers and came close to hitting a third.

Brosius was such a low-key part of the Yankees during spring training that Torre stared at the team press guide, trying to figure out why his numbers tailed off so much the year before.

"We didn't know what Scott Brosius was all about," Torre said. "The first half of the year, it didn't take long for us to see that he knocked in big runs for us, and was very important for us both defensively and offensively."

A storybook season for Brosius and the Yankees needed a perfect ending, and they got it.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Brosius fielded pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney's grounder and threw to first for the final out.

"I just think the biggest moment [of the season] is that third out," Brosius said. "Throwing the ball and knowing it was the end of the game and the end of the season. There's nothing better than coming up and seeing the player's eyes, and the sense of achievement and accomplishment and excitement."  

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