June 25 in Yankee History

  • The best things about the Old Timers’ Day festivities held in Yankee Stadium on June 25, 2017, were that Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada attended (the latter for the first time), and that newly elected to the Hall of Fame one-time Bomber Tim Raines was honored. The worst was that it would turn out to be Gene “Stick” Michael‘s last, as he would be lost in the year that followed. And also that the Yankees lost the game afterward. Michael Pineda gave up multi-run blasts to Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo that had the home team down 6-0 after two, but the back breaker was a solo shot by rookie Drew Robinson in the fourth. This latter made the spirited comeback featuring homers from Gary Sanchez and even (!) Ronald Torreyes fall just short, 7-6 Texas. In the earlier contest, which I gave up trying to score in the second inning (as I have done this year as well), the Clippers beat the Bombers 2-1, I think. Continue reading
  • June 24 in Yankee History

  • It was a little disconcerting, as the Yanks held Mickey Mantle Triple Crown Night on Friday, June 24, 2016, a gorgeous night in the Bronx, because ex-Yank Eduardo Nunez promptly put the visiting Twins up 2-0 with a double in the top of the third. But Masahiro Tanaka righted the ship, and the home team prevailed 5-3, with five different pinstripers scoring, and five knocking in a run apiece as well. The only players to notch one of each were Carlos Beltran and Aaron Hicks, the latter by stroking the game’s lone home run. Continue reading
  • The Defense Ponies Up

    Bronx, N.Y., June 22, 2019; Yankees 7, Houston 5 — How many days will Yankee fans refrain from booing Giancarlo Stanton following his four-rbi performance Saturday night against Houston in their 7-5 win? It was a contest in which he also played a stellar left field. Admittedly, he had plenty of help from his teammates on both sides of the ball. As a matter of fact, in a season where defense has not been this team’s strength, their collective play in the field may have been their finest showing of the year. Continue reading

    June 23 in Yankee History

  • Despite the unfortunate work of the weatherman, mlb, and the Yankees, who joined to delay the game’s start for almost two hours (8:47 first pitch) while it did not rain, fans were treated to a scintillating pitcher’s duel as closely watched in Japan as it was in New York on June 23, 2017. Masahiro Tanaka (three hits, nine K’s, zero runs over eight innings pitched) matched Texas’s Yu Darvish (two hits, 10 K’s, zero runs over seven innings pitched) as the pair delivered on all the pregame predictions, but things became slightly more “offensive” once they left. The Rangers scored against Aroldis Chapman in the top of the ninth on a single, a hit by pitch, stolen base, and passed ball, but Brett Gardner homered off Matt Bush in the bottom half. Then, following one-out Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius singles in the 10th, little Ronald Torreyes came through with the game winner with a single up the middle, 2-1 Yanks. It rained lightly over the sixth and seventh innings. Continue reading
  • Pentribution

    Bronx, N.Y., June 21, 2019; Yankees 4, Houston 1 — The best news, after four straight days of squeezing games in around far too many raindrops, was that New York area weather made a dramatic reversal midday Friday, and the 41,000 that showed for Friday’s game were treated to an exciting game of baseball in an evening perfect for it. No [enforceable] law says the summer solstice is required to deliver a gorgeous day, but we got one nonetheless. Continue reading

    June 22 in Yankee History

  • In a bash fest, the Yankees scored four runs in both the second and seventh innings in a game against Colorado on June 22, 2016, the first on a Chase Headley grand slam and the latter on Carlos Beltran‘s three-run jolt and an rbi single by Didi Gregorius. Still, this did no more than forge an 8-8 tie with the visiting Rockies, who rode Nick Hundley and Ryan Raburn homers and a Trevor Story rbi double to all their runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings. The Yankee bullpen trio of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and Aroldis Chapman retired nine straight Rockies, seven of them swinging, through the top of the ninth, and Starlin Castro sent the 40,000 in attendance home happy with a bottom-of-the-ninth walkoff on Jason Motte‘s second pitch, this on the latter’s 34th birthday (see below). Continue reading
  • The 6-Spot Solution

    Bronx, N.Y., June 20, 2019; Yankees 10, Houston 6 — The fact that the skies cleared and the sun shone after all-day rain 30 minutes before game time turned out to be a tease, but yet another Yankee offensive explosion just before the rains came back definitely wasn’t. The Bombers put up their third six-run inning in two days. They used two of these bombardments to put an exclamation point on their sweep of division rival Tampa Bay Wednesday afternoon. And Thursday’s gave AL playoff rival Houston a rude welcome to start a four-game set in the Bronx. Continue reading

    June 21 in Yankee History

  • Young Jordan Montgomery surrendered just five hits and Martin Maldonado‘s two-run homer while pitching into the sixth inning of an 8-4 Yankee victory over visiting Anaheim on June 21, 2017. Up 3-2 on Didi Gregorius and Matt Holliday (playing first base!) home runs when their rookie southpaw left, the Yanks added five tallies in the sixth and seventh. A down note was yet another bad Tyler Clippard outing, as he yielded a leadoff double and Maldonado’s second home run in the ninth before giving way to closer Aroldis Chapman. Continue reading
  • June 20 in Yankee History

  • They’re all emotional events, but Old Timer’s day on June 20, 2015, in Yankee Stadium was a particularly poignant affair. The retiring of No. 30 and a plaque in Monument Park for Willie Randolph was expected, but the presence, and then addition to that honor, of an ailing Mel Stottlemyre brought many a tear. The Clippers beat the Bombers 3-2 in two innings in the game that followed, then the Yankees blasted the Tigers, 14-3. Driving Alberto Simon from the mound in the third, the offense was led by five rbi’s from Alex Rodriguez, with three more from Carlos Beltran, and two each from Didi Gregorius and Chris Young. Continue reading
  • June 19 in Yankee History

  • Take your pick, and most take The Streak, but he was MVP twice (in a career during much of which that award was a once-a-lifetime honor), and won the Triple Crown. He homered in four consecutive at bats in one game and led everyone with 23 career grand slams for eight decades until he was tied, then passed, by Alex Rodriguez). He had a .340 lifetime batting average, gathered 175, then 174, rbi’s in 1927 and 1930, respectively, and the 184 in 1931 are the most ever in the American League. Yes, this Yankee hero, Lou Gehrig, the Iron Horse, was born on June 19, 1903. It’s another Hallelujah day in Yankee Land. Continue reading