May 24 in Yankee History

  • Continuing to establish himself as the potential ace that he has now become, righthander Luis Severino dominated the Royals in Yankee Stadium on May 24, 2017, blanking them through eight on four hits and one walk in a 3-0 victory. Helping Luis early to his solid outing, Jacoby Ellsbury ran hard into the center field wall retiring Alcides Escobar for the game’s first out, and landing on the Disabled List for an extended stay for his trouble. Didi Gregorius scored the game’s first run with his third-inning homer, and scored run No. three after leading off the home seventh with a grounds rule double. 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

  • The home-standing Yankees used three home runs to overcome southpaw Jason Vargas — who was off to a great 2017 start — and the KC Royals 4-2 on May 22. Down early 2-0 on a Jorge Bonifacio homer in a two-run third vs Michael Pineda, the Bombers stormed back on long balls by Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, and Chris Carter. 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, 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
  • May 20 in Yankee History

  • Filling in for the ineffective and injured Chien-Ming Wang, young righthander Phil Hughes got the win when the team battered Baltimore in the Bronx 11-4 on May 20, 2009. Another tradition survived the trip across 161st Street as all the predominantly white uniforms in the stands confirmed it was Fleet Week in New York. The big bat belonged to Robinson Cano, who had three hits with a homer, knocked in three runs, and scored two himself. Continue reading
  • The Big Inning

    Bronx, N.Y., May 19, 2019; Yankees 13, Tampa 5 — The Yankees climbed back into first place Sunday afternoon with a 13-7 thrashing of Tampa Bay, completing their second 2-games-to-1 series win over the Rays on back-to-back weekends. On a gorgeous day in the Bronx, the teams battled back and forth valiantly to a 5-5 tie through five innings, when the game underwent a dramatic change. Continue reading

    May 19 in Yankee History

  • This is a baseball history column, and more specifically one focused on Yankee history. But being a Yankee is about excelling, so I need to start the May 19 installment with an acknowledgement of the record-smashing Belmont Stakes run by the thoroughbred Secretariat on this day in 1973, some 40 years ago. It was an astounding performance. Continue reading
  • May 18 in Yankee History

  • On May 18, 2013, the Yanks hosted their second annual “photo day” for season ticket holders before the 1 pm tilt vs. Toronto. Ringing the outfield warning track, a few thousand fans were able to greet, shake hands with, and have pictures taken with a host of Yankee players, and this one was made most special because Mariano Rivera was allowed to make his way around long beyond the expected time frame, greeting every fan who wanted to in his goodbye season. In the game that followed, David Phelps held the visitors to one run on six hits over seven innings in a 7-2 win. The source of the Yankee offense was no surprise, as Robinson Cano reached hard-throwing Brandon Morrow for two, two-run home runs; Travis Hafner added a two-run shot in the eighth. Continue reading
  • May 17 in Yankee History

  • It’s another day where a great candidate for top highlight is surpassed by an even better one. Does it help if I share that numero uno happened on Beanie Baby Day in the Bronx? It doesn’t seem possible, but the word “several” no longer applies in describing the multi-year anniversary of David Wells‘s Perfect Game, a 4-0 win over the Twins on May 17, 1998. Bernie Williams had a homer among his three hits, Latroy Hawkins manned the mound for the visiting Twins, and Boomer threw only 11 of 27 first-pitch strikes. Continue reading