August 21 in Yankee History

  • Although the game that followed was exciting, the most satisfactory part of my experience in Yankee Stadium on August 21, 2013, was the perch at the outfield wall from which I and a group of season ticket holders were able to watch batting practice. Most fascinating was seeing bullpen coach Mike Harkey, setup man David Robertson, and starter Hiroki Kuroda discussing pitching grips with Mariano Rivera, but it was also very cool when I realized that righthander Robertson was throwing balls back to the infield with his left hand. In the game that followed, the Yankees beat R.A. Dickey and the Blue Jays 4-2 on the strength of an eighth-inning Alfonso Soriano two-run home run. Continue reading
  • August 20 in Yankee History

  • The two-pronged theme of the Yankee doubleheader sweep of the visiting Blue Jays on August 20, 2013, was come from behind, and offense both from the usual places and the unexpected. So when Ivan Nova, pitching the first game, fell behind the Jays 4-0 in the second in a rally keyed by a Rajai Davis two-run double, the three-run Robinson Cano home run in the third was not a surprise. But the three runs delivered when light-hitting catcher Chris Stewart cleared the left field fence in the home sixth was. Cano knocked in another run with a double in the 8-4 win, then he reached Mark Buehrle for a third-inning, game-tying single in the nightcap. But the next two Yankee tallies, including the walkoff rbi single following an Ichiro Suzuki pinch-running stolen base in the ninth, were delivered by Jayson Nix, who also homered in the home seventh in the 3-2 win. The first game of the day/night double dip was a makeup date for an April 19 rainout. Continue reading
  • August 19 in Yankee History

  • Both Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki had three hits as Hiroki Kuroda outpitched Josh Beckett in a 4-1 Yankee victory in the Bronx on August 19, 2012, but the star of the game was new Yankee Ichiro, who reached the Boston righty for two singleton home runs. Curtis Granderson contributed an rbi double in this ESPN Sunday night game. Continue reading
  • August 18 in Yankee History

  • Those of us of a certain age generally agree that Roy White was a better player than he was perhaps given credit for, mostly on a bad ballclub, but the Yanks had improved by 1976, and on August 18 of that year the switch-hitting outfielder homered from each side of the plate in an 8-6 win over the Rangers. Unlike later Yankee hero Don Mattingly, White would play a long frustrating career in Pinstripes, but last long enough to earn a couple of rings. Continue reading
  • August 17 in Yankee History

  • The Yankees used five singleton home runs, from four different players, to beat the Red Sox 6-4 in Yankee Stadium on August 17, 2012. Though rocked by a Dustin Pedroia three-run homer in the third, Phil Hughes went seven innings for the win, on the strength of drives from Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin, and Derek Jeter — this the 250th of his career — and two from Nick Swisher. Continue reading
  • August 16 in Yankee History

  • Just the other day we commemorated the death of the great teammate and Yankee, Mickey Mantle. On August 16, 1948, the legendary Babe Ruth, the greatest to ever play the game and the true Athlete of the Century in any clear-eyed vote, passed away, succumbing to throat cancer at the age of 53. The Bambino’s body was made available for viewing at Yankee Stadium where more than 100,000 fans paid their respects. Continue reading
  • August 15 in Yankee History

  • It was a very good thing that Freddy Garcia and three relievers pitched well enough for the Yankees to prevail 3-2 over the Rangers in new Yankee Stadium on August 15, 2012, because I may have stormed the Scoreboard otherwise. Once the Yanks had scored all their runs on Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson, and Eric Chavez rbi’s in the bottom of the third, the board shared the fact that, after his awesome home-run-hitting display across the street in the 2008 Home Run Derby, Josh Hamilton had not yet hit one in the new place, a stat that remained true for all of six pitches. Hamilton would close the score to 3-2 with another long ball in the sixth, but Rafael Soriano struck him out in the ninth inning. Continue reading
  • August 14 in Yankee History

  • Not only did the late Bob Sheppard give a tribute to Phil Rizzuto in Yankee Stadium before the August 14, 2007 game with the Orioles after The Scooter had passed away the night before, the number “10″ adorned each of the bases as well. But Phil would not have enjoyed the game that followed. Jeff Karstens put the home team in a 5-0 hole through three innings, and reliever Jim Brower showed that a low AAA era can’t be trusted as the O’s jumped on him for six more scores. Daniel Cabrera and two relievers gave up two singles, and the Yanks were blanked 12-0. Continue reading
  • August 13 in Yankee History

  • If you took a pathway to Yankee and baseball fanhood similar to mine, then share my grief on this worst day on the baseball calendar. Mickey Mantle passed away on August 13, 1995. We’ll go into numbers and detail how incredibly bad a day on the Yankee front this is in that respect where we list player deaths below. Continue reading