September 8 in Yankee History

  • The Yanks outlasted the Tampa Rays 5-4 in sweltering conditions in the Bronx on September 8, 2016. Brian McCann was the hitting star, at least until late, in this one, as he drilled singleton home runs his first two times to the plate, but Tyler Austin received much of the adulation due to his two-out walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth. In the “things you don’t see every day” category was the fifth-inning replay reversal of a called balk against Yankee reliever Jonathan Holder, which removed a run from the scoreboard in what ended as a one-run game. Continue reading
  • September 7 in Yankee History

  • It was all good in the Bronx on September 7, 2014 — all, that is, except for the baseball. The Yankees held Derek Jeter Day, and in addition to the shortstop and captain’s family, the Steinbrenner family, several of the great players who were Derek’s teammates, Davie Winfield (Jeets’s childhood idol), Cal Ripken, and a message from the International Space Station, all-world Michael Jordan showed up to offer tribute. In addition, Jeter received a 10-day trip to Tuscany, Waterford crystal with Derek’s final-season logo etched in, and a $222,222.22 check for the Turn 2 Foundation. The highlight of the video messages came from Washington manager Matt Williams, who referred to Derek as “The Captain of Major League Baseball.” Unfortunately, in the game that followed, the Yanks were blanked 2-0 on four hits by Kansas City. Jeter went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strike out. Continue reading
  • September 6 in Yankee History

  • It’s only sporting to lead this day’s events off with the surpassing of one of the Yankees’ most dearly held records. On September 6, 1995, Cal Ripken, Jr., played in his 2,131st game, taking the place of the beloved Iron Horse, Lou Gehrig, in the record books. Judge for yourselves, but despite having a lot of trouble with this earlier in life, I have to acknowledge that Cal handled the long years reaching the number, and the moment overcoming it, with a lot of class. Besides, the recently dearly departed Yankee hero Phil Rizzuto urged support for Cal in his later years. Good enough for me. Continue reading
  • September 5 in Yankee History

  • The Yanks beat the visiting Blue Jays 5-3 behind Masahiro Tanaka on Labor Day, September 5, 2016. The hitting star was Jacoby Ellsbury, who had three hits and drove in three, two of them on a first-inning home run that put the Bombers up early. Playing first base base, Tyler Austin had two doubles and drove in two, and Dellin Betances earned the save. Continue reading
  • September 4 in Yankee History

  • If you could have written up how a successful bullpen day started by an Opener would go, you could look at the 4-1 Yankee victory over the Rangers in the Stadium on September 4, 2019. Two innings from Chad Green, then three from Luis Cessa, got the Yankees past midgame with a 3-0 lead, on Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres home runs, both off ex-Yankee Lance Lynn. Continue reading
  • September 3 in Yankee History

  • There was a lot to like about the 10-1 decimation (almost literally, though not in the gruesome fashion, outscoring an opponent by a factor of 10) of visiting Texas on September 3, 2019, starting with the 33,000-plus in attendance that pushed the mark on the year above 3,000,000. James Paxton struck out 12 over seven shutout innings, and all 10 Yankee runs scored on home runs, from Didi Gregorius, Brett Gardner, and Edwin Encarnacion (returned from the IL this day), with Gary Sanchez both opening and closing the Yankee scoring with two-run jacks. Continue reading
  • September 1 in Yankee History

  • The Yankees and the Tigers went to the ninth inning scoreless on September 1, 1961, in front of the biggest American League crowd of the year, with Whitey Ford opposing Don Mossi. The 65,000+ in Yankee Stadium thrilled to the Yankees’ 1-0 victory in this battle for first place, as two-out hits in the bottom of the ninth from Elston Howard, Yogi Berra, and Moose Skowron plated the game winner. Continue reading
  • August 31 in Yankee History

  • Young offensive stars on both sides had the Yankees and visiting A’s tied at 3-3 through nine on August 31, 2019, with two Gary Sanchez bombs and one by Aaron Judge equaling Matt Olson‘s two-run jolt and an rbi double by Matt Chapman. The somewhat more veteran DJ LeMahieu, “La Machine,” settled matters with a home run on the first pitch of the bottom of the 11th, 4-3 Yanks. Continue reading
  • August 30 in Yankee History

  • The highlight of the Oakland/Yankee game in the Stadium on August 30, 2019, happened before first pitch, as fans were presented with Gleyber Torres bobbleheads as they entered. The home team actually held a 2-1 lead on fielder’s choice grounders through five, with CC Sabathia and Luyis Cessa doing the pitching. But Tommy Kahnle had a bad sixth inning, surrendering three tallies on two doubles, and the A’s coasted to an 8-2 win. Continue reading