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
  • 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
  • In My Bronx

    September 3, 2017, Bronx, N.Y.; Yankees 9, Boston 2 — The much anticipated showdown of aces pitting Boston’s Chris Sale against young Luis Severino in Yankee Stadium Sunday was pretty much a rout, even before the home team broke it open with a six-run sixth. Into the fifth inning, when Sale was lifted with one down, the Yankees had outhomered Boston 3-0, and outhit them, 7-2. But even more telling was that it took Sale 109 pitches to navigate 13 outs, while Severino used all of 52 tosses to zip through four frames. Continue reading