November 1 in Yankee History

  • The Yankees managed only five hits off Miguel Batista in World Series Game Five on November 1, 2001. Mike Mussina allowed only five as well, but two were singleton homers by Steve Finley and Rod Barajas in the fifth, and the Yanks entered the ninth inning down 2-0. Undaunted, Yankee fans spent the better part of an inning cheering Paul O’Neill, playing his last Yankee Stadium game, win or lose. Everyone rooting back then remembers that Scott Brosius duplicated Tino Martinez‘s feat from the day before with a two-run, two-out, bottom-of-the-ninth, game-tying homer off Byung-Hyun Kim. Albie Lopez was the eventual loser when Alfonso Soriano singled in Chuck Knoblauch in the 12th. But in a perhaps forgotten detail, Soriano had made a diving catch of a one-out, bases-loaded, infield-in liner off Reggie Sanders in the 11th to keep the game going. Continue reading
  • October 31 in Yankee History

  • There is a little boy in me who fell for the game of baseball, the New York Yankees, and Mickey Mantle over 40 years ago, but the white-hot ardor and passion were just like brand-new as the clock approached 12 on the night of October 31, 2001. Just making the experience more wonderful was that I had my niece, in whom I had instilled the same love, with me when Tino Martinez drilled the first pitch he saw from Byung-Hyun Kim for a two-run, two-out, bottom-of-the-ninth, game-tying World Series home run. The sense of the unreal and the impossible was heightened by the fact that Kim had looked untouchable until then. He struck out the side in order in the eighth, retired Derek Jeter on a grounder to start the ninth, and recovered from allowing a six-pitch single the other way to Paul O’Neill by whiffing Bernie Williams on three pitches. The Yanks prevailed, 4-3 when “Mr. November,” Derek Jeter, homered to right on the ninth pitch of a two-out at bat in the 10th inning. Wow! Continue reading
  • October 30 in Yankee History

  • On October 30, the Yanks turned the tables on the Diamondbacks and won Game Three in the 2001 World Series behind Roger Clemens and Mariano Rivera, 2-1, in Yankee Stadium. Jorge Posada accounted for the first Bomber run off loser Brian Anderson with a homer, and Scott Brosius delivered the game-winner with a sixth-inning single. President Bush threw out the honorary first pitch in a devastated post-9/11 New York. All fans, therefore, were guided through airport-like metal detectors when entering, the only time the Yanks have utilized that level of security. Continue reading
  • October 29 in Yankee History

  • A.J. Burnett really made his name and earned his Yankee cred with a dominant performance in Game 2 of the 2009 World Series on October 29, with a 3-1 win over veteran righty Pedro Martinez. Following a Philadelphia score in the second inning, Mark Teixeira equalled matters with a fourth-inning home run. Then making an early case for the Series MVP title he would eventually win, Hideki Matsui cleared the right-field fence with the game winner in the sixth. Jorge Posada delivered an insurance with a pinch-hit rbi single in the seventh. Continue reading
  • October 28 in Yankee History

  • In a game that made his name for being a postseason ace, Cliff Lee of the Phillies outdueled a game CC Sabathia in Game 1 of the 2009 World Series in Yankee Stadium on October 28. The 6-1 final score is deceiving, as Philly reached relievers David Robertson, Brian Bruney, and Phil Coke for four runs the last two frames. Bruney, wearing the number 99 that may have represented the place he now held on the Yankee bullpen depth chart, and outfielder Eric Hinske were activated and added to the World Series roster earlier that day. Yogi Berra, Michelle Obama, and Jill Biden threw out ceremonial first pitches before the game. Continue reading
  • October 27 in Yankee History

  • It was a kinder, gentler time for Yankees fans on October 27, 1999. After a season that can best be described as a struggle for star and fans alike, Roger Clemens took a 4-1 four-hitter into the eighth inning in a Series-sweeping Yankees win over the Braves, Mariano Rivera came on for the save — and the World Series MVP — and Jim Leyritz hit the last major league home run of the 1900′s (which is not to say the Millennium, which, of course, technically would include the 2000 season). Continue reading
  • October 26 in Yankee History

  • Perhaps we treasure it more because we spent more than 36 hours on line (physically, not virtually) to purchase the tickets, but the clincher in 1996 on October 26 will always hold a very special spot in this Yankee fan’s heart. Despite our long wait, we settled for great Tier tickets right behind the plate for Game Six rather than getting seats on the wings for Games One or Two in the Stadium. The spine-tingling 3-2 Jimmy Key win over Greg Maddux and the Braves, largely behind Joe Girardi‘s booming triple, is a dear memory indeed. Continue reading
  • October 25 in Yankee History

  • A rainout the night before kept the Anaheim Angels still alive in the 2009 ALCS, but their string ran out on October 25, even if Gary Matthews, Jr.‘s swing and miss at Mariano Rivera‘s cutter that ended the game actually occurred at one minute past midnight (and therefore technically October 26). Andy Pettitte pitched into the seventh for the win, Johnny Damon‘s fourth-inning two-run double gave the Yanks a lead they would not relinquish, and Mark Teixeira crowned a two-run eighth with a sac fly in the 5-2 Yankees win. Chuck Mangione played the National Anthem before the game, and Bernie Williams threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Continue reading
  • October 24 in Yankee History

  • Yesterday we described Game Four in the 1996 World Series as one of the biggest contests in the 13-year Yankee run that ended in 2008. Perhaps its toughest competition was the game that immediately followed it, as Andy Pettitte outpitched Braves ace John Smoltz in a 1-0 victory and a Yankee sweep of the three games in Atlanta, on October 24. Paul O’Neill made a fine running grab on ex-Yankee Luis Polonia‘s drive to the right-centerfield gap to close the game. With Turner Field due to open the next April, the Braves fully expected to end their days playing in Fulton County Stadium on a victory tour. The best-laid plans… Continue reading
  • October 23 in Yankee History

  • Jim Leyritz went yard off Mark Wohlers in what may have been the most famous game of the amazing, 13-year, in-the-playoffs string that just ended for the Yanks in 2008. The Yanks and Kenny Rogers fell behind the Braves early, 6-0, but The King’s shot capped the second three-run inning the Yanks posted to get even, and they scored two in the 10th for the 8-6 win. They won back-to-back games in Atlanta and evened a Series they had been given little chance to win, on October 23, 1996. Continue reading