August 7 in Yankee History

  • That Did Gregorius homered for the second run on Didi Bobblehed Night, and that Masahiro Tanaka pitched the Yankees to a 3-2 win over Carlos Carrasco and the visiting Indians, should have made for more than enough drama, excitement, and “buzz” in the Bronx on August 7, 2016. But those stories all became subplots to what took place earlier that day, when Alex Rodriguez announced his retirement from the team as a player, though he would continue to be paid through the 2017 season. Continue reading
  • August 6 in Yankee History

  • It was August 6, 1979, in a night game after the funeral for Yankee catcher Thurman Munson that his teammate and friend Bobby Murcer drove in all five runs of a Yankee win. Murcer had a three-run homer and then chipped in with a two-run ninth-inning single to beat the Orioles, 5-4. The loss of Murcer in 2008 to cancer served to make Thurman’s death a poignant experience all over again. Continue reading
  • August 5 in Yankee History

  • The big blow in the Yanks’ stirring 13-7 victory over visiting Cleveland on August 5, 2016, was Starlin Castro‘s grand slam off Josh Tomlin, highlighting a five-run home third. But the remarkable thing about this one was all the tack-on runs the Bombers added along the way, including two-run rallies in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings. First baseman Mark Teixeira, who had earlier in the day announced that he would be retiring at the end of the season, had two hits and scored twice. In one of their more popular promos in recent years, this one took place on Star Wars Night in Yankee Stadium. Aaron Hicks and Brett Gardner went yard back to back in the seventh. Continue reading
  • August 4 in Yankee History

  • The Yanks scratched just seven hits off ageless Bartolo Colon of the Mets in a 4-1 loss in the Stadium on August 4, 2016, and didn’t score until the amazing Gary Sanchez (as we were soon to see and marvel at) led off the home seventh with a ringing double; he was driven in by an Aaron Hicks single. The visitors did all their damage with a four-run top of the fifth, which ended with a three-run bomb to right by newly acquired Jay Bruce, who had struggled badly until that at bat. The result in this one had the crosstown rivals with two wins and two losses apiece, as they split two-gamers in their respective ballparks over four days. Continue reading
  • August 3 in Yankee History

  • Three-run rallies off Stephen Matz of the Mets in the first two frames keyed by Chase Headley and Mark Teixeira home runs all but settled the Yankee 9-5 victory in the Stadium on August 3, 2016, but there was bigger and better news in the win. Righthander Luis Severino allowed one hit over 4.33 innings once he relieved Chad Green in the fourth and, serving as DH, Gary Sanchez, called up earlier in the day, singled for his first major league hit to start another three-run rally in the seventh. Both benches cleared briefly when Matz hit Teixeira with a pitch in the fifth inning. Continue reading
  • August 2 in Yankee History

  • There can only be one piece of Yankee history leading off this day’s column, and it is heart-rending. It was on August 2, 1979, that the beloved father, husband, and Yankee captain and catcher Thurman Munson perished in a crash of the plane he was piloting. The Yankees would host a huge crowd in the Stadium on the day after the tragic event. In recent years, it was an inspiring moment when a host of Thurman’s teammates gathered with his widow on the Yankee Stadium field at the 2004 Old Timers Game. The whole tragic event is doubly poignant now with the recent death of Thurman’s great friend, Bobby Murcer. Continue reading
  • August 1 in Yankee History

  • A three-run, second-inning home run off the bat of Detroit first baseman John Hicks surprised both CC Sabathia and the 43,000 in attendance and, although CC allowed just six hits in six innings, the Yanks fell 4-3 on August 1, 2017. Didi Gregorius drove in three with a homer and a single, but a Justin Upton jolt in the top of the third was the difference. Continue reading
  • July 31 in Yankee History

  • Two-rbi, back-to-back hits off Detroit’s Michael Fullmer by Chase Headley and Todd Frazier in the home fourth, and Aaron Judge‘s singleton blast in the fifth, carried Luis Severino to a 7-3 win on July 31, 2017. A Victor Martinez comebacker off Sevy in the fourth raised some concern, and he left after five. But he would prove to be OK. Continue reading
  • July 30 in Yankee History

  • If the Baltimore Orioles felt manhandled by a Yankee 8-3 win in the day portion of a double-entry doubleheader in Yankee Stadium on July 30, 2011, they would have been well advised to skip the nightcap. Brett Gardner drove in two, and Nick Swisher had three hits, but that was nothing compared to the 17-3 onslaught that was to come. A 12-run first inning against Zach Britton and Jason Berken settled matters, and Robinson Cano had five rbi’s. Continue reading
  • Oh HAPPy Day

    Bronx, N.Y., July 29, 2018; Yankees 6, Kansas City 3 — Yankee land was abuzz Sunday afternoon when newly acquired lefty J.A. Happ took the mound in the Stadium to face the Kansas City Royals in the last of a four-game set. Things started well, as he coaxed the first two of his eight ground ball outs to start the first. But things took a momentary turn when DH Salvador Perez — a thorn in the Yankees’ side all weekend — lined a 1-0 pitch into left field for a one-base hit. Had shortstop Didi Gregorius timed his jump better, he may have snagged it, but this was a clean single, the first hit Happ surrendered in pinstripes. But fear not; the next Kansas City hit led off the sixth inning. Continue reading