The teams and times have changed. The hysteria remains.
Diamondbacks manager Buck Showalter returns in uniform to New York on Monday for the first time since leaving the Yankees after the 1995 post-season.
Never mind that he'll be at Shea Stadium instead of Yankee Stadium. Never mind that he has switched from the American to the National League, that the Yankees have won a World Series in his absence and that he is managing a team that did not exist in 1995.
It is such a big deal, the Diamondbacks have set up a news conference before Monday's game.
"I think I was underestimating the attention to this," Showalter said. "I guess I'm pretty naive thinking that anyone would really care or consider this newsworthy."
The newsworthiness is the way Showalter left town. Yankees owner George Steinbrenner said he did not fire his manager after a playoff loss to Seattle in 1995.
Showalter, who had the longest continuous tenure with the Yankees in Steinbrenner's 25 years, says he did not resign.
The crux of the issue was Showalter's coaching staff. Steinbrenner apparently wanted coaches Rick Down, Brian Butterfield and Glenn Shurlock fired. Showalter, who had demoted pitching coach Mark Connor, swore he would never do that again.
"That was it in a nutshell," Showalter said. "At some point in your life, you have to take a stand To give (Down) up when he was doing exactly what he was supposed to be doing, and doing a good job, I don't see it. That would be completely prostituting myself."
Down, who interviewed for the Devil Rays managing job, is now Baltimore's hitting coach. Shurlock and Butterfield are with Showalter.