March 10 in Yankee History

  • The most recent and biggest baseball-related March 10 news for Yankee fans occurred in 1999, as it was that day it was announced that Joe Torre was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The Yanks finished the spring and began the season under interim Manager Don Zimmer, as Joe took care of himself and, thankfully, got well. He returned to the team on May 10, in Boston. Continue reading
  • March 9 in Yankee History

  • The good times continued to roll in Tampa as the Yankees outlasted the visiting Rays, 4-3, on March 9, 2015, behind stellar pitching from Michael Pineda, Nate Eovaldi, David Carpenter, and Justin Wilson, but the best news of the day was two hits and an rbi from DH Alex Rodriguez and an rbi double from Greg Bird. Continue reading
  • March 8 in Yankee History

  • We felt privileged and lucky to be in Tampa on March 8, 1999, when we heard the sad news that Joe DiMaggio had passed on. Had we been home when we heard it, we would have had nowhere to turn, as the Ballpark in the Bronx was not up to speed yet. Things were handled in a pretty dignified manner at Legends Field, and a painting of Joe was placed in front of his number and plaque in the southern wing, if you will, of Monument Park. It made it easier to spend a moment honoring and remembering “the Greatest Living Ballplayer.” Continue reading
  • March 7 in Yankee History

  • The Yankees displayed some great pitching in George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa on March 7, 2016, but the bats were lacking in a 1-0 loss to the Astros. Michael Pineda, Luis Severino, and Andrew Miller pitched six scoreless among them, but despite recording his signature two strike outs, Dellin Betances gave up the lone tally on back-to-back doubles in the seventh. Pinch hitter Chris Parmalee got the crowd amped with a leadoff double in the bottom of the ninth, but died on base when Cesar Puello grounded into a game-ending double play. Continue reading
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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