September 16 in Yankee History

  • Following a pregame ceremony honoring the 10-year anniversary of the victory in Super Bowl 42 by the New York Football Giants on September 16, 2017, the Yanks continued the tribute by kicking in a couple of field goals of their own. Well, not really, but they did open the scoring on two 3-run homers, by Didi Gergorius in the third, and Greg Bird in the fourth. A Todd Frazier two-run jolt in the seventh had the home team up 9-0, but Chasen Shreve could do no right in the ninth inning, one in which Giovanny Gallegos had to come in for the last out in the 9-3 win. Continue reading
  • September 15 in Yankee History

  • Fans concerned that Luis Severino surrendered a two-run, second-inning Wellington Castillo home run in the Stadium on September 15, 2017, needn’t have been, as it was the second of just three hits he would allow through eight dominant innings. The position player star on both sides of the ball was shortstop Didi Gregorius, who not only knocked in four runs on a home run and two sac flies, but who also contributed eight assists and two putouts in the field. The 8-2 victory, achieved in a nifty 2:37, was Joe Girardi‘s 900th win as Yankee manager. Continue reading
  • September 14 in Yankee History

  • You don’t win as many pennants as the Yankees have without having some memorable mid-September moments. First, the Yankees resurrected their season in what was a very bad September when they won a come-from-behind contest in Toronto on the 14th in 1999. Hitting two grand slams in the same game for only the third time in their history, Bernie Williams tied the game at six with his in the eighth inning, and the Bombers won behind Paul O’Neill‘s salami in the ninth, 10-6. Continue reading
  • September 13 in Yankee History

  • Thanks to the superb Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankees restored a little dignity to their season, and finally won the last of a four-game set over Toronto in the Stadium, 5-0, on September 13, 2015. The staff ace allowed four hits with no walks and seven strike outs through seven innings, and Dustin Ackley supplied the offense with three rbi’s on a sac fly and two-run bomb off flutter baller R. A. Dickey. Continue reading
  • September 12 in Yankee History

  • September 12, 2015, was the day most Yankee fans turned from the expectation that they would wrest the AL East title from Toronto — who had blown past them to take a 2.5 game lead the night before after the Yanks had been in front of the division for months — and started to root for a Wild Card slot. With the home team up 4-1 in the middle innings of the first of two, Ben Revere and Edwin Encarnacion reached Michael Pineda with fifth-inning homers that tied the game 4-4. The game went to extras 5-5, until, in a disastrous frame, Bryan Mitchell and Chasen Shreve allowed four scores on one lone single, a slew of walks, and a hit by pitch. After dropping that one 9-5, the Bombers lost the nightcap 10-7, this despite two 3-run home runs off the bat of Brett Gardner. Continue reading
  • September 11 in Yankee History

  • September 11 is a tough day to write about, in any sense. I’ll just share one meaningless and one poignant Yankee memory. I was looking forward to going to the Stadium THAT day because I had sat through a two-hour-plus rain delay on the evening of 9/10/01. After a long wait above a very wet field on which no new rain fell during most of the delay, they called the Yankee game vs. the Red Sox. Needless to say, I never got to the 9/11 Yankees/White Sox tilt. And one of the most touching “Portraits of Grief” from the Times that I read was of the gentleman who was from Chicago, but had married and started his family in New York. He imbued a love of the game into his four daughters and was scheduled to take all four to that night’s game against his beloved White Sox before he perished in the World Trade Center. Continue reading
  • September 10 in Yankee History

  • The superb Masahiro Tanaka held the visiting Rays off the board until catcher Bobby Wilson homered off him with one down in the eighth inning of a 5-1 Yankee victory on September 10, 2016. The Yanks didn’t score until they put up a three spot in the sixth on home runs from Jacoby Ellsbury and Gary Sanchez, and they closed the scoring in the eighth on back-to-back sac flies from Sanchez and Didi Gregorius. It was a hot, steamy Saturday afternoon in the Bronx, and also Dellin Betances Bobblehead Day. Continue reading
  • September 9 in Yankee History

  • A fanbase livid at an inexplicable two years of light-hitting Stephen Drew starting at second base exploded in anger during a 5-3 loss to visiting Baltimore on September 9, 2015. Drew actually had one hit in this one, but his bobble of what should have been a 4-6-3 double play in the first, and a following error on a third-inning grounder, led to three Baltimore runs, the only tallies they would manage until the Birds scored singleton runs in the eighth and ninth against the weaker end of the Yankee bullpen. Facing Ubaldo Jimenez, the Yanks amazingly managed to score three runs on just four hits, and would have had a lead worth “saving” once the late innings arrived, if not for the sloppy work of the usually sure-handed Mr. Drew. Continue reading
  • 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