May 1 in Yankee History

  • Blunting Yankee fan abuse for the second straight game, Robinson Cano knocked in the first two runs in a 4-2 Mariners win in the Stadium on April 1, 2014, twisting the knife in the wound on the second tally by beating out a potential double play grounder by busting it down to first base. Southpaw Roenis Elias bested Hiroki Kuroda in this one, and Jacoby Ellsbury‘s leadoff home run in the bottom of the first was blasted in vain. Continue reading
  • April 30 in Yankee History

  • Although I do sympathize with fans’ ire at long games, the Yanks have been having them with the Orioles for years, but particularly since the park at Camden Yards has been open. Taking advantage of a lull in my midweek work schedule in 1996, I traveled to Baltimore to see a two-game Yankees/Orioles set. The first became the longest nine-inning game in baseball history (to that point anyway), on April 30, 1996. The Orioles jumped all over poor Andy Pettitte for a 9-4 lead after two innings, but the Bombers fought back and tied it in the fifth, and won it 13-10, largely on the strength of a late Tino Martinez three-run home run. Jim Leyritz and Paul O’Neill homered too, and Paul’s was a mighty drive to right center that landed on a tile next to Boog’s Barbecue on Eutaw Street. The tile was marked to commemorate Paul’s homer’s landing point the next day (though no evidence remains except my eyewitness account, I believe). Continue reading
  • April 29 in Yankee History

  • Following a stunning offensive display the night before, the Yankees pounded the visiting Orioles 12-4 on April 29, 2017, although the number hangers and their roles in this one may surprise you. Supplying the firepower, Brett Gardner homered in both the first and second innings for his four rbi’s, and Austin Romine knocked in five with a sac fly and a single and home run, each for two runs. And although Aaron Judge of course homered as well, he scored four times with two walks and a single. Continue reading
  • April 28 in Yankee History

  • The Yankees posted an unlikely extra-inning, come-from-behind victory over the visiting Orioles on April 28, 2017, one in which Baltimore held 5-0, 9-1, and 11-4 leads in regulation. One uplifting way to look at this is that uber-rookie Aaron Judge refused to lose, as it was his home runs in both the fifth and sixth innings that began the stirring comeback. Then Jacoby Ellsbury, incongruously penciled in to the cleanup spot, delivered his first career grand slam home run in the seventh, and Starlin Castro tied it with a three-run jolt with one down in the ninth. Displaying mercy to the beleaguered Orioles and to the worn-out crowd, the Yanks finished it quickly, with Matt Holliday following two walks and a strike out in the bottom of the 10th with a three-run bomb of his own, 14-11 Yankees! Continue reading
  • April 27 in Yankee History

  • April 27, 1947, was Babe Ruth Day in all major league parks. It’s ironic, and anticlimactic, that the Yanks were shut out, 1-0, on the day all of baseball honored the greatest power hitter there ever was. The Babe’s words to the 58,339 in attendance at Yankee Stadium were broadcast throughout the country and into every major league park. Let’s face it. The man is the greatest icon in modern American sport, and always will be. Continue reading
  • April 26 in Yankee History

  • On a gorgeous day for baseball in the Bronx on Thursday, April 26, 2018, fans suffered through what seemed a slow death, as the Bombers fell behind the Twins 3-0 on a two-run Yunel Escobar homer off Jordan Montgomery in the third and a singleton shot from Robbie Grossman off Domingo German in the sixth. An Aaron Hicks sac fly closed it to 3-1 in the seventh, but once Dellin Betances struck out the side in the top of the ninth, the Yanks immediately responded off Fernando Rodney in the bottom half on two singles and a Gary Sanchez first-pitch home run to left, 4-3 Yankees. Continue reading
  • April 25 in Yankee History

  • Although he would become a Yankee at the coming trade deadline (on July 30), Lance Lynn fell 7-4 to the Bombers pitching for visiting Minnesota on April 25, 2018. Ironically, although Didi Gregorius accounted for the first two home team runs with an rbi single and a home run, Tyler Austin, who would be shipped to the Twins for Lynn, had the big blow, a three-run jolt in the third. Sonny Gray started but failed to finish the fifth, so Chad Green collected the win. Continue reading
  • April 24 in Yankee History

  • The crosstown Mets invaded Yankee Stadium on April 24, 2015, as the hottest team in the game with a 13-3 record and having won 11 straight. But Mark Teixeira quickly hit the pause button on the tremendous season that young Jacob deGrom was putting together by blasting two-run jacks his first two times to the plate in a 6-1 Yankee win. Jacoby Ellsbury homered off the young righty as well, and ex-Yank Curtis Granderson touched up with the lone Mets tally after singling in the sixth. Michael Pineda pitched into the eighth for the win, allowing five hits, the one run, and no walks, while striking out seven. Continue reading
  • April 23 in Yankee History

  • April 23 is an amazing day in history. Seventeen years apart in the 16th Century it was the birthday of both Miguel Cervantes (“Don Quixote”) and then William Shakespeare (all those plays and sonnets). And on April 23, 1616, those two giants of Western Literature both passed away! Continue reading
  • April 22 in Yankee History

  • One of the three hits that Yankee righthander Luis Severino surrendered over seven innings in a 5-1 Yankee win over the Blue Jays on April 22, 2018, was Teoscar Hernandez‘s sixth-inning home run. Up early on a Didi Gregorius home run and Austin Romine‘s two-run double, both off one-time Yankee Jaime Garcia, the team and the fans coasted through almost three hours of stress-free baseball. Continue reading