March 6 in Yankee History

  • When Babe Ruth signed a three-year deal on March 6, 1922, he more than tripled the yearly salary of teammate Frank “Home Run” Baker, the second-highest on the team. But it was only fair. He had outhomered him in 1921 by better than 7-to-1; The Babe hit 59 to Baker’s eight. Continue reading
  • April in New York

    Tampa, Fla., March 5, 2019; Yankees 5, Atlanta 1 — The perfect trip to Yankee land slipped a bit off the tracks Tuesday morning, as the Yankees were learning that nominal staff ace, Luis Severino, scheduled to start against the visiting Braves this day, was experiencing shoulder pain. Meanwhile, traveling Yankee fans, emerging from hotel rooms all around Tampa, were discovering that their 80-degree, blinding-sunshine trip had morphed into a rainy damp morning with temperatures in the 50s. Nevertheless, we trudged to George M. Steinbrenner Field, and the Yankees treated us to a 5-1 victory. Continue reading

    March 5 in Yankee History

  • The story tells itself once the names of the two Yankee players involved are mentioned, I’m sure. It was more than 30 years ago today that hurlers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich decided to swap wives (more like families, actually) in Spring Training. Some point out that the story had a happier outcome for Fritz, for he was with the ex-Mrs. Kekich for many years, while the other couple did not last a month. But although it’s true that Fritz also lasted longer in the Bronx after the incident, neither lasted long. Both were banished to Cleveland in trades, though at different times so they were not teammates again. Continue reading
  • March 4 in Yankee History

  • The Yankees ended a stellar 10-day start to their 2018 Spring Training season with a stinker, as Tampa Bay came to GMS Field and pounded the home team 9-1. Ex-Yank Nate Eovaldi was strong in starting the game for the Rays, as he would be vs New York for the Red Sox seven months later. Righthander Ben Heller did a great job relieving Aroldis Chapman in the third by whiffing three straight, but his luck ran out there, as the next five Tampa batters reached safely, with three of them scoring. The rout was on. Continue reading
  • A Good Bad Day

    Bradenton, Fla., March 2, 2019; Pittsburgh 8, Yankees 7 — Righthander Danny Farquhar had another in a series of good days Saturday afternoon, taking the mound in a Spring Training game against major league hitters. The outcome — a five-run Pirates inning that morphed a 3-1 Yankee lead into a 6-3 deficit — wasn’t pretty, but the Yankees struggled gamely to recover from it, right up until the last pitch. Continue reading

    March 3 in Yankee History

  • A fairly representative group of Yankee players made the long trek to Ft. Myers on March 3, 2018, to play the Red Sox in Jet Blue Park, a venue built to mimic Fenway park, including featuring its own Green Monster in left field. Aaron Hicks, Greg Bird, Brandon Drury, Didi Gregorius, and Gleyber Torres were the first five Yankee batters, while Chance Adams and Justus Sheffield were the first two visitors to the mound. The game proceeded as a low-scoring, back-and-forth affair, with the home team up 3-2 through seven innings. But young pinstriped outfielder Jeff Hendrix‘s two-run eighth-inning double was the big blow in the 5-3 Yankee win, with Jonathan Holder throwing two strong innings for the win. Continue reading
  • Let’s Play Two!

    Lakeland and Tampa, Fla., March 1, 2019; Mets 7, Tigers 1 and Baltimore 2, Yankees 2 — A lovely day, a lovely evening, and 15 innings of Spring Training baseball. We ended up in Tampa where the Yankees and the visiting Orioles played to a 2-2 tie, but not before watching the first six innings of the Mets 7-1 win over the Tigers. Of note from Lakeland was a solid outing from reigning NL Cy Young Jacob deGrom (three innings, four strike outs, one hit), the sloppy Detroit pitching (three wild pitches in a five-pitch stretch in the second), and two singleton home runs from the visiting team, its lone resemblance to the night game in Tampa that would follow. Continue reading

    March 2 in Yankee History

  • The terrific start to the Yankee 2018 Spring Training campaign continued apace on March 2, despite the quick 4-0 lead visiting Atlanta took, largely on Ronald Acuna, Jr.‘s first-inning home run off Masahiro Tanaka. Miguel Andujar got two runs back with a fourth-inning rbi double, and Tyler Austin had a walkoff two-run bomb in the bottom of the ninth in the 5-4 Yankee win. Continue reading
  • March 1 in Yankee History

  • Even though new third base acquisition Brandon Drury would hit one of five home runs in the visiting Yankees’ 6-4 win against Philadelphia in Clearwater, Fla., on March 1, 2018 (with Estevan Florial scoring the other run after leading off the seventh with a triple), the victory had Miguel Andujar supporters in the crowd feeling triumphant, as Miggy gave the Bombers an early 2-0 lead with singleton jacks in the second and third innings. CC Sabathia and Domingo German had the Yankees up 6-2 through six, and the team coasted from there. Continue reading