July 2 in Yankee History

  • Righty journeyman Sydney Ponson seemed headed for a loss when two-run, sixth-inning homers by Milton Bradley and Kris Davis gave the Rangers a 7-6 lead in Yankee Stadium on July 2, 2008, but the first five Yanks to bat in the seventh scored and an eight-run seventh and three-run eighth carried them to an 18-7 win. Jason Giambi drove in six with a grand slam and a two-run double, Bobby Abreu and Alex Rodriguez delivered three rbi’s each, and Johnny Damon had three hits, scored three times, and drove in two. Retired switch-hitting Yankee outfielder Roy White moved the games-left in the old Stadium counter from 39 to 38. Continue reading
  • July 1 in Yankee History

  • I thought the “bummer” highlight from 1990 that follows would remain the lead-off July 1 item, but the Yankee Captain and gang proved me wrong in 2004. Tony Clark and Jorge Posada home runs propelled Brad Halsey and the Yankees into a 3-0 lead over Pedro Martinez and the Red Sox in a Thursday night classic in Yankee Stadium, but Boston tied it on a two-run Manny Ramirez home run and a David McCarty double that hearbreakingly glanced off Bernie Williams‘s glove in the seventh. Onto bonus play, the Sox loaded the bases with no outs on two singles and a walk against Mariano Rivera in the 11th, but Alex Rodriguez turned a miraculous 5-UA, 5-2 double play that would have been a triple play on a 2-5, but the latter throw retired Ramirez coming from second for the second time on the play, a twist you won’t find in the rule book. A second-and-third, two-out threat against Tanyon Sturtze the following frame was averted when Derek Jeter dove face first into the left-field boxes after snaring Trot Nixon‘s flair into no man’s land. Was it all for naught when Ramirez homered deep to left leading off the top on the 13th? Of course not. After two quick outs, Ruben Sierra, Miguel Cairo, and John Flaherty delivered hits in succession, and the Yanks and their fans celebrated a 5-4 victory in the darnedest game you could ever see. Continue reading
  • June 30 in Yankee History

  • With New York football Giants coach Tom Coughlin throwing out the first pitch on June 30, 2012, Hiroki Kuroda delivered one of his finest Yankee starts, surrendering no runs on three singles through seven innings while striking out 11 White Sox batters. The Yanks coasted to a 4-0 win on Curtis Granderson, DeWayne Wise, and Robinson Cano home runs, and the team crowned a fine day by letting kids run the bases after the game. Continue reading
  • June 29 in Yankee History

  • A four-run fourth inning keyed by a Robinson Cano triple and three-run Russell Martin jack, along with a Jorge Posada home run later, suppled the offense, as A.J. Burnett outpitched Shaun Marcum in a 5-2 Yankee win over the Brewers on June 29, 2011. When Mariano Rivera came on for the save, he moved past Roberto Hernandez into 12th place in all-time major league appearances with No. 1,011. Continue reading
  • June 28 in Yankee History

  • You don’t earn a name like the Bronx Bombers lightly, but putting up numbers like the Yanks did on June 28, 1939, sure helps. The eight home runs they hit in the first game of that day’s doubleheader was a record. When they made it 13 on the day with five more in the second game, that was another, as were the 53 total bases they earned in the two games. Joe DiMaggio, Babe Dahlgren, and Joe Gordon each hit three home runs as the Yankees swept the A’s, 23-2 and 10-0. Continue reading
  • June 27 in Yankee History

  • Behind a strong Vidal Nuno start (two hits through six innings), the Yankees shut out Brandon Workman and the visiting Red Sox 6-0 on June 27, 2014. Much of the offense came via home runs from Brett Gardner, Kelly Johnson, and Brian McCann, with the catcher chipping in two hits, two rbi’s, and two runs scored. Continue reading
  • June 26 in Yankee History

  • It’s not earth-shattering news that the Yanks often have days honoring ex-players, but they took advantage of the Old Timers Day festivities on June 26, 2011, to give tribute to retiring trainer Gene Monahan. In pregame ceremonies, Geno was given a Garth Books 10-gallon hat (and concert tix), a multi-signed Nascar helmet, a trip to the Alps, a Ford truck (perhaps with dog?), and a sitdown lawnmower. But the best were the funny player tributes by Derek Jeter: “He’s been here 100 years, I think”; and on tape from Don Mattingly: “He worked on Babe Ruth, you know.” Tino Martinez followed a Bernie Williams double with a home run to right to lead the Bombers past the Clippers in the three-inning 2-0 win in the OTD game. Then the Yanks used back-to-back Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada fifth-inning jacks, and another by Mark Teixeira in the eighth, to beat the Rockies 6-4. Continue reading
  • June 25 in Yankee History

  • All but one of the seven runs scored in the Yanks’ 4-3 win over Texas in the Stadium on June 25, 2013, came on singleton home runs, with the Rangers plating their three off Hiroki Kuroda in the third, fourth, and fifth innings, two of them on jacks by center fielder Leonys Martin. But the Bombers equaled them with a run each in the fourth, fifth, and sixth on wall-clearing drives from Travis Hafner, Brett Gardner, and Jayson Nix. The Yanks tried to eke out a little-ball run in the bottom of the ninth, but Gardner was out stealing, three pitches before Ichiro Suzuki sent the fans home happy with a no-doubt-about-it drive to right. Continue reading
  • June 24 in Yankee History

  • The Yankees played a 17-inning game with the Tigers in 2003, and I attended an 18-inning battle with them in 1988 and another 17-inning contest a few years back. But they all pale in comparison to the 22-inning battle the Yanks won against the Bengals on June 24, 1962, the longest in innings in Yankee history. Jack Reed, who replaced Joe Pepitone in the 13th, stroked his only career major-league home run to win it for Jim Bouton and his weary teammates, 9-7. Continue reading
  • June 23 in Yankee History

  • On a hot, sunny Sunday afternoon, the voice of Bob Sheppard welcomed 46,000 fans to Old Timers Day in Yankee Stadium on June 23, 2013. Two third-inning rbi’s from Rickey Henderson of the Bombers overcame the lone tally driven in the second by Brian Doyle of the Clippers in the 2-1, four-inning game. In the tilt vs Tampa Bay that followed, fans nervously watched as a 1-1 tie forged in the first remained that way until the seventh, as Chris Archer and Ivan Nova, recalled that day from AAA, did battle. But a weak frame cost the Yanks as Nova was removed after allowing a walk and a hit by pitch with two down in the seventh, Shawn Kelley allowed a walk, and James Loney reached Boone Logan for the two-run single that decided the 3-1 Yankee loss. Continue reading