For me personally in addition to the others mentioned I would throw 2002 in there.I think that was our first playoff appearance since the 1991 World Series win. We got past the first series with Oakland and had home field advantage against the Angels. My memories were of 1987 and 1991 when we won it all so I was expecting the same that year. Getting Rally-monkeyed was tough.
This year was interesting - it was like it progressively got worse. At the start I didn't think we would win it all but I thought we would be competitive.First game we take a lead - then lose it - then tie it up - then collapse.2nd game is over by the 3rd inning - and last night was a little bit of a tease - we seem to either flail at the plate or when we hit shots it is right at a Yankee. The fact we have lost all these games to the Yankees in a row now is of mythic proportion.
I was at that game in Anaheim. Still bitter.