October 16 in Yankee History

  • A miraculous and stirring three days in the Bronx began with an 8-1 thrashing of Charlie Morton and the Astros in Game Three of the ALCS (they had gone 0-2 in Houston) on October 16, 2017. Three-run home runs from Todd Frazier and Aaron Judge propelled the offense, and CC Sabathia surrendered three singles, four walks, and no runs through six. The beloved Bernie Williams threw out the first pitch on a cool, becoming cold, and breezy Monday night in the Bronx. Continue reading
  • October 14 in Yankee History

  • The Yanks were going back to the Series after a 15-year absence! George Brett‘s three-run homer in the eighth had tied it, but Yankee first baseman Chris Chambliss hit a moon shot that appeared to scrape the back of the wall in right off Mark Littell in the bottom of the ninth on October 14, 1976, and all was beautiful bedlam in the Bronx. It’s almost quaint to view the TV feed today and see thousands in a pre-”global terror” world swarming the field as Chambliss fights his way to the Yankee dugout. He would touch third base and home plate afterward with a police escort. Continue reading
  • October 13 in Yankee History

  • It was Ron Guidry‘s year, and he got the Yanks’ first World Series victory of the 1978 season, 5-1 over the Dodgers, on October 13. But what will (rightly) most be remembered from this game is the incredible defense Graig Nettles provided at third base, saving multiple Dodgers’ runs with one outstanding play after another. Continue reading
  • October 12 in Yankee History

  • Typing words I hope to change sooner rather than later, the Yanks had their last great postseason moment on October 12, 2012, when they finally prevailed in a scintillating five-game ALDS over Baltimore with a 3-1 win in Yankee Stadium. Shocking not only the O’s but many of the fans, Mark Teixeira, on via a leadoff fifth-inning single, stole second and then scored on Raul Ibanez‘s rbi single to get it started. Ichiro Suzuki doubled Derek Jeter home in the sixth, Curtis Granderson homered the next frame, and CC Sabathia pitched a nine-inning, three-hit, complete game in the 3-1 pinstriper win. Continue reading
  • October 11 in Yankee History

  • The postseason would be the worst possible time for a team to experience a 21-inning scoreless streak, but the Yanks survived theirs when they exploded for seven runs in the eighth inning of a 7-1 win over the Mariners in the ALCS on October 11, 2000. Bernie Williams‘s rbi base hit broke the logjam, Jorge Posada homered, and Orlando “el duque” Hernandez extended his postseason record to 7-0. The Yanks evened the Series at a game apiece, as Derek Jeter also pounded a home run. Continue reading
  • October 10 in Yankee History

  • If there were a few Yankee fans too shy to yell “R-R-A-A-U-U-U-L-L-!-!-!” before October 10, 2012, his exploits that night probably put them over the top. With Baltimore’s Miguel Gonzalez barely outpitching Hiroki Kuroda, the 2-1 lead the O’s took to the ninth had them set to take that same lead in games in the five-game ALDS, after the teams had split two in Baltimore. But Joe Girardi made the controversial call and pinch hit Raul Ibanez for Alex Rodriguez with one down, and Raul tied it with a homer to right off Jim Johnson. And three innings later, Ibanez sent 50,000-plus home happy by homering off Brian Matusz for the 3-2 Yankee win. Continue reading
  • October 9 in Yankee History

  • Not obliterated as they had been the day before, but the Yankee 2018 postseason came to too early an end in a 4-3 loss to Boston on October 9. Aaron Boone stuck with veteran CC Sabathia a bit too long, as the visitors put up a quiet three-spot in the third inning. A Christian Vazquez homer in the fourth would make the difference, but fans suffered through a long night. First, Gary Sanchez doubled in a run in the fifth, and the two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth came up just a bit short. A 100-win team, it was hard not to be disappointed with the ALDS ending too soon. Continue reading
  • October 8 in Yankee History

  • Still reeling from a second loss to Cleveland in the best of five 2017 ALDS in which they lost the second game after having led 8-3, the Yankees handed the ball to Masahiro Tanaka for game three in the Bronx on October 8. He and Carlos Carrasco held their opposite lineups to three hits and no runs this evening, but Carrasco left with two outs in the sixth, while the Yankee righty went seven complete. And it was in the home seventh that lefty swinging first baseman Greg Bird homered off one-time Yankee southpaw Andrew Miller for the game’s only run, 1-0 Yankees. Tanaka struck out seven, and closer Aroldis Chapman collected the five-out save with four strike outs of his own. Continue reading
  • October 7 in Yankee History

  • The 2009 Yankee postseason got off to a great start on October 7, with the Captain and the ace leading the way. Once the Twins reached CC Sabathia for two third-inning runs on three singles, a double play, and a passed ball, Derek Jeter equaled matters almost immediately with a two-run home run following an earlier single, then walked twice and scored two more runs in the 7-2 Yankee win in Yankee Stadium. CC struck out eight pitching into the seventh, and Hideki Matsui got his superb postseason going with a two-run jack of his own. The Wednesday evening game got off on a surprisingly early 6:07 pm first pitch. Continue reading