May 2 in Yankee History

  • There is plenty of note that took place in the Yankee 5-1 win over Seattle on May 2, 2008, but I was shook to see that the games-left counter in the Stadium was reduced from 69 to 68 by none other than the beloved Bobby Murcer, whose subsequent passing shook the most stoic of Yankee fans to their emotional core. In the game, Chien-Ming Wang threw a beauty, allowing the run on just three hits and one walk through six. Melky Cabrera had a two-run double. Continue reading
  • 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
  • Respect

    Bronx, N.Y., April 29, 2017; Yankees 12, Baltimore 4 — It wasn’t excruciating exactly, but you might have thought so given the explosion of joy released when Aaron Judge finally sent his 10th 2017 home run over the wall in right center Saturday afternoon, increasing the Yankee lead over Baltimore to 12-2 in the seventh inning. After all, it came 160 minutes from the beginning of the game, and 19 hours after he stroked his ninth the night before. Continue reading

    To Kill an Oriolebird

    Bronx, N.Y., April 28, 2017; Yankees 14, Baltimore 11 — Quick turnaround before we’re back at the Stadium, so it would be foolish to attempt a blow-by-blow description of what transpired in the Bronx Friday night. Suffice it to say the Yankees fell way behind, staged a furious comeback, and walked off with an unlikely win. Why much of a crowd reported to be about 37,000, but that seemed actually bigger, stuck around despite the Yankees being down 9-1 in the sixth, and 11-4 in the seventh, is anyone’s guess. The team is playing very well, it features a group of young stars (or stars-to-be), and it was not only a Friday night, but a perfect one for baseball in a city where the nights (and days) have been dreary for some time. If they stayed because it was date night, or for the weather, they got quite a bonus. Continue reading

    April 28 in Yankee History

  • Following on his key home run in a win the day before, Brian McCann doubled twice and drove in three of the four runs in the Yanks’ 4-2 win over Tampa in Yankee Stadium on April 28, 2015. But all was not good in Yankee land, as the team placed righthander Masahiro Tanaka, the expected starter that day, on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 24, with right wrist tendinitis and a right forearm strain. The Yanks recalled righty Chase Whitley from the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders to make the start, and Chase went five for the win. The team created an additional roster spot by optioning infielder Gregorio Petit to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. 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

  • Once ex-Yank Curtis Granderson worked new Yank Nate Eovaldi for a nine-pitch at bat leading off the April 26, 2015, Sunday Night Baseball game with a home run, the visiting Mets looked to have a shot at winning the rubber game of the three-game set. But Alex Rodriguez returned the favor off southpaw John Niese in the bottom half, then hit the fourth Yankee double of the second inning as the home team climbed into a 5-2 lead. Despite striking out seven, Eovaldi would not finish the fifth, but Dellin Betances struck out three in the eighth, and Andrew Miller one in the ninth in the 6-4 Yankee win. Continue reading