July 8 in Yankee History

  • It was Clint Frazier‘s biggest 2017 day when his three-run ninth-inning jack walked off the visiting Brewers 5-3 on July 8. With the Yanks struggling to recover from Domingo Santana‘s three-run homer off Luis Severino in the first all game, the first breakthrough was Clint’s rbi double in the two-run Yankee seventh. Sevy went seven, and Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman combined to strike out five of the last six Milwaukee batters to set the stage for the Frazier heroics. Continue reading
  • July 7 in Yankee History

  • Coming from behind, beating the Red Sox, and the exploits of Mickey Mantle are three of my favorite things in baseball, so you know I’m delighted to report that the team went to the bottom of the ninth in a July 7, 1966, game vs. Boston losing 2-0; that the Yanks managed to tie them with two outs; and then that The Mick broke a 1-for-17 slump by blasting a three-run walk-off home run. Continue reading
  • July 6 in Yankee History

  • Starter Joba Chamberlain was of course not around long enough for the win in a 5-4 Yankee extra-inning victory over Boston in Yankee Stadium in the ESPN Sunday night game on July 6, 2008, but he did have some fun before leaving by throwing yet another pitch above the head of Kevin Youkilis. Alex Rodriguez homered off Tim Wakefield in this one, and Robinson Cano had a key two-run triple that tied the game in the seventh. But the star of the game award goes to Brett Gardner, who got the start in center in place of Johnny Damon, who was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained left shoulder earlier that day. The speedy rookie singled and scored in the sixth, and drove in Cano with the game winner in the bottom of the tenth. Astronaut and Yankee fan Garrett Reisman, who in April had thrown out the first pitch in a Stadium game from the International Space Station, threw out the first pitch in person this day, having returned to Earth in the interim. He also moved the games counter down to 34, following Elston Howard‘s granddaughter, who had moved it down the day before. The Yanks recalled outfielder Justin Christian from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to fill Damon’s spot. Continue reading
  • July 5 in Yankee History

  • The inside-the-park homer, a grand slam, that Lou Gehrig hit on July 5, 1934, was the big blow in the Yanks’ 8-3 win over the Senators. It was the 17th of the Iron Horse’s career-record 23 grand slams, a record that would not be matched for more than 70 years, until Alex Rodriguez tied it in 2012. Continue reading
  • July 4 in Yankee History

  • “I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” More recent achievements on the Yankees field of battle notwithstanding, the day in 1939 that Lou Gehrig addressed a full house in the Baseball Cathedral, and became the first ballplayer to have his number (No. 4) retired, will always be the biggest moment in July 4 Yankee baseball history. It is a rarely reported side note that on the day the Yanks split two games, falling 3-2, but rebounding strongly to blast Washington 11-1 in the nightcap. Continue reading
  • July 3 in Yankee History

  • Kyle Higashioka‘s second singleton homer in the last few weeks in the second inning of an 8-5 win over visiting Atlanta on July 3, 2019, built on the two-run jolt Aaron Hicks had stroked in the first. Giancarlo Stanton‘s eighth-inning two-run shot closed out the scoring, and following four-plus innings of Domingo German, four relievers finished up for the win. Continue reading
  • July 2 in Yankee History

  • The Yankees were able to match the visiting Braves at 3-3 through five innings on July 2, 2018, on a day when youth was served. Aaron Judge homered and Gleyber Torres scored twice for the home team, against Johan Camargo and Ronald Acuna, Jr. rbi’s for the visitors. The tie held for six innings, until Acuna homered off David Robertson in the top of the 11th, for a 5-3 Atlanta win. Continue reading
  • July 1 in Yankee History

  • I thought the “bummer” highlight from 1990 a few paragraphs down would remain the lead-off July 1 item, but the Yankee Captain and gang proved me wrong in 2004. Tony Clark and Jorge Posada home runs propelled Brad Halsey and the Yankees into a 3-0 lead over Pedro Martinez and the Red Sox in a Thursday night classic in Yankee Stadium, but Boston tied it on a two-run Manny Ramirez home run and a David McCarty double that heartbreakingly glanced off Bernie Williams‘s glove in the seventh. Onto bonus play, the Sox loaded the bases with no outs on two singles and a walk against Mariano Rivera in the 11th, but Alex Rodriguez turned a miraculous 5-UA, 5-2 double play that would have been a triple play on a 2-5, but the latter throw retired Ramirez coming from second for the second time on the play, a twist you won’t find in the rule book. A second-and-third, two-out threat against Tanyon Sturtze the following frame was averted when Derek Jeter dove face first into the left-field boxes after snaring Trot Nixon‘s flair into no man’s land. Was it all for naught when Ramirez homered deep to left leading off the top on the 13th? Of course not. After two quick outs, Ruben Sierra, Miguel Cairo, and John Flaherty delivered hits in succession, and the Yanks and their fans celebrated a 5-4 victory in the darnedest game you could ever see. Continue reading
  • June 30 in Yankee History

  • Having walked off the game the day before in a traditional manner, with two ninth-inning home runs, the Yankees scored a much quieter 2-1 “walk”-off win on June 30, 2016, as two walks around a sac bunt off righty Tony Barnette, followed by a fielder’s choice grounder to first, set it all up, and Chase Headley scored the game winner on Robert Chirinos‘s passed ball. Michael Pineda pitched six strong and, following a frame apiece by Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman got himself a “W” on the miscue. Continue reading