Yanks Waste No Time

Bronx, N.Y., April 24, 2015; Yankees 6, Mets 1 — Despite the 30-degree wind chill Friday night, New York had a rare occasion to smile at the schedule makers at major league baseball. There has been a lot of drama over the years in The Bronx and Flushing, and all surrounding communities, since Dave Mlicki of the Mets blanked the Yankees 6-0 in the first regular season interleague game between the teams in 1997. Despite a Mets sweep in 2013 and continued success last year, frustrated Mets fans — with their team off to a fantastic start — were itching for an early fight in 2015, and they got it. Continue reading

April 25 in Yankee History

  • With all the scoring early, and via the long ball, in the Yanks’ 5-3 victory over the Blue Jays on April 25, 2013, we have room to share a few firsts. The Jays took an early 3-0 lead off Hiroki Kuroda on home runs from Edgar Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie; but the Bombers answered with singleton shots by Vernon Wells and Francisco Cervelli, sandwiched around Robinson Cano‘s three-run shot off Mark Buehrle. Early the Scoreboard, speaking about Kuroda’s 3-0 shutout of the Orioles on April 14, shared that that was the first Yankee complete-game shutout with no walks allowed since David Wells had done so in April 2003. And when David Robertson took the mound in the eighth, it was reported that he is the only pitcher to have averaged 10 strike outs per nine innings pitched throughout his first five major league seasons. Continue reading
  • April 23 in Yankee History

  • April 23 is an amazing day in history. Seventeen years apart in the 16th Century it was the birthday of both Miguel Cervantes (“Don Quixote”) and then William Shakespeare (all those plays and sonnets). And on April 23, 1616, those two giants of Western Literature both passed away! Continue reading
  • April 22 in Yankee History

  • Two huge things happened in new Yankee Stadium on April 22, 2009, both necessitated because the Oakland A’s scored two seventh-inning runs off Yankee ace CC Sabathia, one of them on an rbi from ex-Yank Jason Giambi, to tie the score 7-7. Both teams batted seven times thereafter with no change in score, until Melky Cabrera made a bid to take the starting center field spot with a long ball. What’s more, his home run, which plated teammate Nick Swisher before him, gave the Yanks their first walkoff win of a magical season, 9-7 in 14 innings. Two more things worthy of mention: Swisher reached on a walk, the third time in the game he had battled to a full count. Much more surprising, however, was the bullpen appearance that carried the Yanks to the win: 3.3 innings of no-hit, one-walk, four-strike-out, no-run relief from Jose Veras. Last note: The loser of the four-hour, 56-minute battle was ex-Yank Dan Geise. Continue reading
  • April 21 in Yankee History

  • Let’s start April 21′s highlights with a thought about that fireplug player and oftentimes Yankee manager, Billy Martin. Billy has been accused of being feisty, a disrupter, of burning out pitching staffs, of many other things. But he won often, handling several different teams. This day in 1977 he reacted to a 2-8 slump in the previous 10 games by throwing up his hands in despair and choosing the day’s lineup by drawing player’s names out of a hat. First baseman Chris Chambliss was buried in the eight hole, but he drove in five runs with two doubles and a homer in an 8-6 Yankee win. Continue reading
  • April 20 in Yankee History

  • On a day with plenty of Yankee exploits, the one that stands out to this Yankee fan is that April 20, 1961, is the day the beloved, the awesome, the best (perhaps?) Yankee, was born. Happy Birthday, Don Mattingly, former Yankee hitting coach and recently bench coach, who has unfortunately departed with Joe Torre as Joe Girardi took over as manager. The Hitman stroked 222 jacks and drove in 1,099 runs from 1982-1995, all of it with the team that plays its ball in the South Bronx. Donnie is the manager of the LA Dodgers. Continue reading
  • April 19 in Yankee History

  • Newspapers reports the following day did not address what Phil Hughes may have done for teammate Curtis Granderson following his 7-6 victory over Minnesota in the Bronx on April 19, 2012, once the latter applied much of the thunder with three home runs good for four rbi’s and three runs acored in a 5-for-5 day. The visitors jumped Hughes for four first-inning tallies on rbi hits from Ryan Doumit and Danny Valencia, but the Yanks earned a split in the two teams’ four-game set by responding with six quick runs. Mark Teixeira hit a two-run shot as well. Continue reading
  • April 18 in Yankee History

  • Happy Birthday to us. Yankee Stadium opened this day, as the Yanks beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1 on April 18, 1923, behind the pitching of Bob Shawkey over Howard Ehmke, and on Babe Ruth‘s three-run home run. It must have been some party; 74,000-plus were in attendance. It was a particularly poignant anniversary in 2008, and was so again in 2009. Continue reading
  • April 17 in Yankee History

  • It’s hard to imagine a much bigger day in Yankee history than April 17, 1951. Sure, Babe Ruth certainly performed some pretty historic feats years earlier. But on this day, as the Yankees opened at home and Vic Raschi shut out the Red Sox, 5-0, Mickey Mantle played his first Yankee game, had one hit and scored a run. And if that’s not enough, it was also the debut of Stadium public address announcer Bob Sheppard, The Voice of God to Yankee fans. Unfortunately, we finally lost Mr. Sheppard in 2010. Continue reading