Former Yankees great Bernie Williams played on New York's best team -- and arguably one of the best teams to play the game -- in 1998. He has a few championship rings from his 1990s playing days to show for it too.
But, when asked if this year's Yankee team deserves comparison to his squad, Bernie couldn't agree more.
"It's very exciting to watch," he told Newsday's Sal Cacciatore at the Double-A All-Star Game in Trenton, NJ on Wednesday night. Williams played the National Anthem with his guitar before the game kicked off.
He added: "This crew is very similar, with a nice mix of veterans and young players."
Williams got to see the "Core Four" come up out of the minor leagues together in Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, and Jorge Posada. But this year's team features their own group of "Baby Bombers" with Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, Gary Sanchez, and Gleyber Torres leading the charge. They also have youngsters like Miguel Andujar and Greg Bird in the mix as well.
Williams, who had his No. 51 retired back in 2015, says this young talent is the best he's seen since those legendary Yankees.
"I don't think we've had a group of guys [coming up] together and making a splash as they have, except for the guys that came up about 20 years before them: Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Mariano, and Derek."
The 1998 squad won 114 regular-season games -- a franchise record -- while taking home the World Series that season as well. With a 60-31 record at the moment, the 2018 Yanks are on pace for a 106-win season.
If there is any difference from those two teams, though, Williams believes it to be power at the plate.
"This team right now has a lot more power than we used to have. We have guys now that are capable of hitting 50-plus home runs and I don't think we had a guy like that when I was playing."
The Yankees currently lead the MLB in long balls (154), and four players are on pace for 30-plus homers on the season. In '98, Tino Martinez led the team with 28 home runs on the season.
On the contrary, the Yankees still led the league in runs that year, showing off the depth they had 1-9 in their order. Williams sees the same in the Yankees, whose nine hitter at times could turn out to be the AL Rookie of the Year in Gleyber Torres.
"That year, [Scott] Brosius [was] our ninth hitter and he was a World Series MVP," Williams explained. "Everything was spread across the board in the lineup. There were not a lot of weak spots, which is like the way these guys are [in 2018]."
It has been 20 years since that team rose the World Series trophy high, and the Yankees are honoring them next month. Williams "wouldn't miss it for the world."
"The '96 team was the first time everyone got into the World Series but the '98 team was the team that started the mystique about the core of that group," Williams said. "It was a great run and I was so fortunate to be a part of that."
There is a chance Williams could be watching the future generation of Yankees make their own World Series dreams come true as well.