May 1 in Yankee History

  • Yankee manager Aaron Boone had his worst (of many) 2023 day(s) on May 1, as he took the ball from Domingo German once he allowed a single with one down in the ninth on just 87 pitches. Having split 18 outs evenly between grounders and fly balls, Domingo had six K’s and a pop out, and led 2-0, with Jose Trevino having plated the first run with a third-inning home run. But closer Clay Holmes put the tying run on with his own error, then allowed back-to-back singles, with an Aaron Hicks error on the latter allowing the tying run to score. Wandy Peralta then issued a walk to re-load the bases, got a strike out, but walked in the lead run, for a painful 3-2 loss to the visiting Guardians. 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
  • April 29 in Yankee History

  • Following a stunning offensive display the night before, the Yankees pounded the visiting Orioles 12-4 on April 29, 2017, although the number hangers and their roles in this one may surprise you. Supplying the firepower, Brett Gardner homered in both the first and second innings for his four rbi’s, and Austin Romine knocked in five with a sac fly and a single and home run, each for two runs. And although Aaron Judge of course homered as well, he scored four times with two walks and a single. Continue reading
  • April 28 in Yankee History

  • The Yankees posted an unlikely extra-inning, come-from-behind victory over the visiting Orioles on April 28, 2017, one in which Baltimore held 5-0, 9-1, and 11-4 leads in regulation. One uplifting way to look at this is that uber-rookie Aaron Judge refused to lose, as it was his home runs in both the fifth and sixth innings that began the stirring comeback. Then Jacoby Ellsbury, incongruously penciled in to the cleanup spot, delivered his first career grand slam home run in the seventh, and Starlin Castro tied it with a three-run jolt with one down in the ninth. Displaying mercy to the beleaguered Orioles and to the worn-out crowd, the Yanks finished it quickly, with Matt Holliday following two walks and a strike out in the bottom of the 10th with a three-run bomb of his own, 14-11 Yankees! 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 25 in Yankee History

  • Although he would become a Yankee at the coming trade deadline (on July 30), Lance Lynn fell 7-4 to the Bombers pitching for visiting Minnesota on April 25, 2018. Ironically, although Didi Gregorius accounted for the first two home team runs with an rbi single and a home run, Tyler Austin, who would be shipped to the Twins for Lynn, had the big blow, a three-run jolt in the third. Sonny Gray started but failed to finish the fifth, so Chad Green collected the win. Continue reading
  • April 24 in Yankee History

  • Yankee ace Gerrit Cole was dominant in a 10-2 victory over visiting Cleveland in The Stadium on April 24, 2022, striking out nine while spreading four harmless singles into the seventh inning. The offense was carried early, and throughout, by two-run home runs from Anthony Rizzo, DJ LeMahieu, and Aaron Judge. Continue reading
  • April 23 in Yankee History

  • April 23 is an amazing day in history. Seventeen years apart in the 16th Century it was the birthday of both Miguel Cervantes (“Don Quixote”) and then William Shakespeare (all those plays and sonnets). And on April 23, 1616, those two giants of Western Literature both passed away! Continue reading
  • April 22 in Yankee History

  • Three of the Yankees’ runs in a 4-1 win over visiting Cleveland on April 22, 2022, came across on two Aaron Judge home runs, but this was not to be an “All Rise” Day, but rather a coronation. Relieving Jameson Taillon to start the sixth inning, Michael King would strike out eight Guardian hitters through the eighth, seven of them in a row. Continue reading