September 16 in Yankee History

  • With the superb Gerrit Cole going in a September 16, 2020, game against visiting Toronto, it was more than OK that outfielder Aaron Judge, on his first day off the Injured List, had an oh-fer, as the rest of the team pounded the Jays 13-2. Clint Frazier and Luke Voit homered; DJ LeMahieu went yard twice; but the star of the game was catcher Kyle Higashioka, who cleared the fences three times. 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 the visiting Orioles 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

  • The visiting Twins had the better of things for much of the September 13, 2021, battle in the Bronx once Minnesota bats reached Luis Gil for four first-inning runs (Jorge Polanco and Miguel Sano two-run homers). But late home runs from Joey Gallo and Aaron Judge equalled matters at 5-5 in the eighth. Once the Twins failed to plate their ghost runner in the 10th, Gary Sanchez sent the home crowd away happy when he singled in Gleyber Torres in the bottom half, 6-5 Yankees. Continue reading
  • September 12 in Yankee History

  • The Yanks got off to a good start in a game vs Baltimore on September 12, 2020, as Clint Frazier drove in DJ LeMahieu with a sac fly in the first. But a supeb Jordan Montgomery, who struck out nine pitching into the sixth inning, was reached for a run on a single, an error, and Ryan Mountcastle‘s one-base hit. The 1-1 tie carried into extras and, once Jonathan Holder kept the O’s off the board in the 10th despite a leadoff double by Pat Valaika, we had deja vu all over again. Luke Voit scored DJ LeMahieu, on third via a leadoff double of his own and a wild pitch, with a sac fly for the 2-1 win. 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