June 27 in Yankee History

  • I had my worst ever experience in Yankee Stadium on June 27, 2016, when a rain delay declared with one down in the top of the ninth — a 3:56 rain delay! — halted what should have been a hard-fought 6-5 Yankee win over the visiting Rangers. A Mark Teixeira seventh-inning home run gave the Yanks a 6-4 lead, and Rougned Odor halved the Yankee edge with a blast off Andrew Miller in the eighth. With a hard rain having fallen for innings, Aroldis Chapman couldn’t even stand on the soaked mound in the ninth, much less push off from it. Each team had batted for eight innings, with the visitors having scored last; the field was unplayable, with the rain expected to continue for hours — it did not disappoint. It should have been called right then, an eight-inning, rain-shortened 6-5 Yankee win. Kirby Yates had a disastrous ninth inning four hours later, twice hitting batters with pitches when it seemed he might escape early trouble. Texas scored four, and had themselves a 9-6, eight-hour win, played before 25 or 30 rain-drenched fans. That home plate ump John Tumpane still has his job in 2017 baffles and infuriates me. 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
  • Damn Yankees

    Bronx, N.Y., June 25, 2017; Texas 7, Yankees 6 — A group of 43 ex-players, an ex-trainer, and four beloved Yankee widows treated a growing crowd of fans to a delightful ceremony and a four-inning Old Timers’ Game on a pleasant afternoon in the Bronx Sunday. The Clippers edged the Bombers in a one-run contest that disappointed absolutely no one. The one-run loss to Texas in the game that followed was another matter. Continue reading

    June 25 in Yankee History

  • Big Michael Pineda and Minnesota’s Ervin Santana had a pitchers’ duel in Yankee Stadium on June 25, 2016, but neither was around when pinch running Aaron Hicks crossed with the 2-1 game winner in the bottom of the eighth, as shortstop Eduardo Escobar mishandled Starlin Castro‘s ground ball. Pineda struck out eight through six inings and allowed just two hits, one of them a Brian Dozier home run leading off the second inning. Earlier that day, first baseman Mark Teixeira was reinstated from the disabled list, while the brief Yankee career of ex-Met Ike Davis came to an end; he was released to create a spot for Tex. Continue reading
  • June 24 in Yankee History

  • It was a little disconcerting, as the Yanks held Mickey Mantle Triple Crown Night on Friday, June 24, 2016, a gorgeous night in the Bronx, because ex-Yank Eduardo Nunez promptly put the visiting Twins up 2-0 with a double in the top of the third. But Masahiro Tanaka righted the ship, and the home team prevailed 5-3, with five different pinstripers scoring, and five knocking in a run apiece as well. The only players to notch one of each were Carlos Beltran and Aaron Hicks, the latter by stroking the game’s lone home run. Continue reading
  • June 23 in Yankee History

  • The Yankees battled gamely in a June 23, 2015, game vs Philly in Yankee Stadium as CC Sabathia was reached for six runs in four innings, eventually tying the contest on homers from Garrett Jones, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, and Alex Rodriguez. But Dellin Betances had his worst outing of the year and the visitors rode a five-run ninth to an 11-6 victory. Cesar Hernandez, Maikel Franco, Cameron Rupp, and Andres Blanco went yard for the Phillies. Continue reading
  • June 22 in Yankee History

  • In a bash fest, the Yankees scored four runs in both the second and seventh innings in a game against Colorado on June 22, 2016, the first on a Chase Headley grand slam and the latter on Carlos Beltran‘s three-run jolt and an rbi single by Did Gregorius. Still, this did no more than forge an 8-8 tie with the visiting Rockies, who rode Nick Hundley and Ryan Raburn homers and a Trevor Story rbi double to all their runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings. The Yankee bullpen trio of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and Aroldis Chapman retired nine straight Rockies, seven of them swinging, through the top of the ninth, and Starlin Castro sent the 40,000 in attendance home happy with a bottom-of-the-ninth walkoff on Jason Motte‘s second pitch, this on the latter’s 34th birthday (see below). Continue reading
  • June 21 in Yankee History

  • The first of Charlie Blackmon‘s two home runs in Yankee Stadium on June 21, 2016, came on Ivan Nova‘s third pitch of the day, and it hit the very top of the right field foul pole. Scoring in five of the first six innings, the Rockies went on to beat the home team 8-4. Nolan Arenado homered as well. Continue reading
  • June 20 in Yankee History

  • They’re all emotional events, but Old Timer’s day on June 20, 2015, in Yankee Stadium was a particularly poignant affair. The retiring of No. 30 and a plaque in Monument Park for Willie Randolph was expected, but the presence, and then addition to that honor, of an ailing Mel Stottlemyre brought many a tear. The Clippers beat the Bombers 3-2 in two innings in the game that followed, then the Yankees blasted the Tigers, 14-3. Driving Alberto Simon from the mound in the third, the offense was led by five rbi’s from Alex Rodriguez, with three more from Carlos Beltran, and two each from Didi Gregorius and Chris Young. Continue reading
  • June 19 in Yankee History

  • Take your pick, and most take The Streak, but he was MVP twice (in a career during much of which that award was a once-a-lifetime honor), and won the Triple Crown. He homered in four consecutive at bats in one game and led everyone with 23 career grand slams for eight decades until he was tied, then passed, by Alex Rodriguez). He had a .340 lifetime batting average, gathered 175, then 174, rbi’s in 1927 and 1930, respectively, and the 184 in 1931 are the most ever in the American League. Yes, this Yankee hero, Lou Gehrig, the Iron Horse, was born on June 19, 1903. It’s another Hallelujah day in Yankee Land. Continue reading