A young Governor from Arkansas was finishing up his first year as President. A prosecutor from Brooklyn was just weeks away from winning the city’s mayoralty. And Buck Showalter would lead the Yankees to the cusp of the playoffs for the first time in years. As the Yanks face the reality of a year without the playoffs, Jack Curry takes us back to a more optimistic time in Yankee history. After years of mismanagement from on hight, the team had been retooled and was a few key pieces away from the playoffs. Curry’s column features all the optimism and excitement of the 1993 club that this 2008 version sorely lacked this year.