May 27 in Yankee History

  • Michael Pineda was reached for a Mike Moustakas home run in a game against visiting Kansas City on May 27, 2015, but was in control thereafter, as he held the Royals right there into the seventh while striking out eight in a 4-2 Yankee win. The Bombers knotted matters at 1-1 in the second on a Brian McCann home run, then put the game away in the third when Alex Rodriguez went yard for three, a blast that moved Rodriguez past Lou Gehrig on the all-time rbi list. One-time St John’s University star Chris Mullin, newly named the school’s basketball coach, tossed out the ceremonial first pitch. Continue reading
  • May 26 in Yankee History

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015, featured the Adam and Mark show in Yankee Stadium, as Adam Warren held the Royals to two hits and one run (a Paolo Orlando home run) while pitching into the seventh inning, and Mark Teixeira drove in three in a 5-1 Yankee win. Tex homered batting righty in the first against southpaw Jason Vargas, then blasted an rbi double off the right center field wall batting from the port side in the fifth. Continue reading
  • May 25 in Yankee History

  • The Yankee bats broke out big time on Memorial day, May 25, 2015, with a 14-1 demolition of the visiting reigning American League champs, the Kansas City Royals. The Bombers were led by three rbi’s from Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Brian McCann, and Stephen Drew, each of whom chipped in with a home run. Nate Eovaldi went seven for the win, and lefthander Jacob Lindgren, making his major league debut, finished up. With both managers emptying their benches in the later innings, it was a scorekeeper’s nightmare, as seven pitchers were joined by 24 offensive players, many of them switching positions a few times, before the game came to a close. The Tuskegee Airmen were honored in a pregame ceremony. Continue reading
  • May 24 in Yankee History

  • I’d like to report that on Bernie Williams night in the Bronx the team played a crisp game, and delivered a hard-earned victory to their fans, who after all had trudged out to yet another ESPN Sunday night game on May 24, 2015. Honoring the beloved center fielder were Gene Michael, Roy White, Willie Randolph, David Cone, Tino Martinez, Paul O’Neill, Joe Torre, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, and the newly retired ex-captain Derek Jeter in a pregame ceremony. But the game was started by southpaw Chris Capuano, recently returned from the disabled list, and Chris fell behind to a Prince Fielder rbi double in the first and an Adam Rosales two-run homer in the second (Rosales reached three fences in 55 games in ’15), and Yovani Gallardo made it stand up in a Texas 5-2 win. 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

  • There was not much to like in the 10-9 loss the Yanks suffered at the hands of visiting Texas on May 22, 2015, as the Rangers put up a seven spot in the top of the third against Michael Pineda, with considerable help from two errors, one by Big Mike himself. They got just four hits that frame, but two loud ones were over the wall, by Mitch Moreland and Prince Fielder. Sadly, had David Carpenter not failed in relief yet again in this one, the Bombers’ comeback might have been successful, with three-run jacks from Didi Gregorius and Garret Jones getting the home team close. A Mark Teixeira ninth-inning jolt left New York one run short however, and one-time Yankee Ross Ohlendorf chalked up the save. Slade Heathcott reached base three of four times in this, his first start, including a booming double in his first at bat. 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
  • 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 19, 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