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On verge of possible ruin, Yankees set to open their most fascinating season yet

Updated: April 1, 2013, 3:36 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

At the top, before assessing the odds of the New York Yankees reliving their version of the Dark Ages, it is important to understand that period -- 1965 through 1975 -- was not quite as grim as it might appear.

For those old enough to remember, the first three seasons were painful to watch and almost impossible to believe after the Yankees had reached the World Series in 15 of the previous 18 seasons. But if even one wild card were awarded from '65 through '75, never mind two, the ...

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