May 29 in Yankee History

  • New York became baseball bizarro world during the last week of May 2013 as the Yanks, after incredulously losing two nailbiters in the bullpen at CitiField against the Mets the two days earlier, dropped a 9-4 decision to their crosstown rivals in Yankee Stadium on May 29. A few minutes after the Scoreboard revealed that he was the 10th Missouri-born pitcher in Yankee history, David Phelps proceeded to have his worst outing, surrendering five runs on four hits, two walks, and an error while recording one out before being relieved by Preston Claiborne. The silver lining was that Ivan Nova pitched the fifth through ninth, striking out six with one walk and allowing just five hits and one run, with four of the hits and the run coming in the ninth as he was tiring. Continue reading
  • May 28 in Yankee History

  • There are several ways to go in compiling May 28 highlights, but the ones that appeal to me the most this day have to do with “the usual suspects” (Yankee superstars whose exploits are recounted here often) in their latter years. On this day in 1934, Lou Gehrig hit two homers, the second back-to-back with Babe Ruth in the seventh inning in a 13-9 win over the St. Louis Browns. It was the last time the two megastars would go yard in consecutive at bats. Continue reading
  • May 26 in Yankee History

  • The most memorable thing about the 4-1 Boston win over the Yanks at the Stadium on May 26, 2000, behind Pedro’s brother Ramon Martinez was not the Carl Everett single that plated two off David Cone in the first inning. At 8:10 pm, during a third-inning Wilson Delgado (subbing for Derek Jeter at short) at bat, a Tier Box fan blasted on rum fell onto the screen that stretches above field box fans sitting behind home plate. After a brief stoppage during which it was apparently determined that he was incapacitated but not hurt, play continued for another 10 pitches as Delgado flew out to left, and Paul O’Neill bounced to short. The fan was then removed between innings. Continue reading
  • Ebb and Flow

    Bronx, N.Y., Memorial Day, May 25, 2015; Yankees 14, Royals 1 — A huge weight was lifted from the Yankee organization, its players, and the fans on Monday, Memorial Day, when the team broke out of a dreadful slump by pounding the visiting KC Royals, 14-1. They had lost two of three to KC a week before on a 2-7 road trip, only to drop three straight at home to the lowly (recently, anyway) Texas Rangers upon their return. This last series had featured back-to-back third innings where they surrendered seven runs and 10 runs, respectively. Continue reading

    May 24 in Yankee History

  • In a day packed with one historic Yankee highlight after another, we’ll lead off with a classic pitcher’s duel from the recent past. On May 24, 2001, Yankee Mike Mussina faced off against Pedro Martinez and the Red Sox in a day game at the Stadium. Boston grabbed a 1-0 lead on a Jose Offerman home run. But Bernie Williams tied it with one of his own in the fourth, and the Yanks prevailed 2-1 when Scott Brosius and Paul O’Neill fifth-inning singles sandwiched around a Chuck Knoblauch walk plated the winner. Continue reading
  • May 23 in Yankee History

  • First things first: Andy Pettitte went seven innings in beating Kansas City 8-3 in Yankee Stadium on May 23, 2012, with Alex Rodriguez homering twice and Curtis Granderson once; Mark Teixeira walked three times, scored twice, and drove in one. But Derek Jeter‘s third hit, an eighth-inning single, tied Paul Waner for 15th place in hits all time, with his 3,152nd. Continue reading
  • May 22 in Yankee History

  • A Robinson Cano home run and fifth-inning rbi’s by Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson were just enough to carry Phil Hughes and the Yankees to a 3-2 win over the Royals in Yankee Stadium on May 22, 2012, but it wasn’t easy. Joe Girardi used five relievers to preserve the one-run lead, three of them in top of the eighth inning. Continue reading
  • May 21 in Yankee History

  • Coming off a win the night before, Mets fans in Yankee Stadium were excited when they reached A.J. Burnett for two runs in the first inning of the May 21, 2011, game in Yankee Stadium, but home runs by Russell Martin, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, and Alex Rodriguez off Chris Capuano restored order in a 7-3 Yankee win. Derek Jeter‘s seeming unstoppable climb to 3,000 hits settled in at 2,973 after two singles and two runs scored. Continue reading