So, last night’s game. What can we say about it? (Insert deafening silence here.)
I’m absolutely at a loss of words for the lackluster performance by the Yankees yesterday. Lackluster is probably the nicest word I can think of without getting edited by the webmaster.
Actually, while we’re being bitter, we can probably open this conversation up to analyzing their performance throughout the entire ALCS. They stunk. How do you not play yesterday’s game like there’s no tomorrow?
Oh, wait. You play it exactly like yesterday’s game.
On a seemingly unrelated note, my birthday was this week (October 17th, and yes, I forgive you for not sending a card). Ironically, a lot of baseball events have happened on my birthday. In fact, many of them have been awesome moments in Yankees history. So, in my vain attempt to bring some cheer to my Bronx Bombers brethren, I’m going to do what Yankees fans do best. Shove our rich history down the throats of these wannabe JV teams of the expansion era.
(Ah, I’m back now.)
So, on October 17 in Baseball History…
1960 – The National League formally awarded franchises to the New York Metropolitan Baseball Club, Inc., headed by Joan Payson, and a Houston group headed by Judge Roy Hofheinz, Craig Cullinan, and R.E. Smith. Yankees fans give thanks for finally having someone to make fun of without having to face traffic on the Mass Pike.
1976 – On a cold Sunday night, the Reds gang up on Catfish Hunter for three runs, but the Yankees battle back to tie it up. With two outs in the ninth inning, Yanks shortstop Fred Stanley throws Griffey’s easy grounder into the dugout. A walk and a Tony Perez single follow and the Yanks lose the second World Series game 4-3. Billy Martin finds the bottom of a glass somewhere.
1978 – The Yanks win their fourth straight game, 7-2, to clinch their second consecutive World Championship over the Dodgers. Brian Doyle and Series MVP Bucky Dent have three hits apiece. Please note, I arrive by the 7th inning to catch the rest of the game.
1989 – Minutes before Game 3 of the World Series between Oakland and San Francisco, an earthquake hit the Bay area. The game was postponed and the Series resumed 11 days later. This has absolutely nothing to do with Yankees History. However, I missed a Girl Scouts meeting to watch the game and I was really pissed that I didn’t get 9 innings of baseball for my birthday.
1990 – In the first extra-inning World Series game since 1986, the underdog Reds beat the A’s 5-4 in ten innings to take a surprising 2-0 lead in the Series. Reds outfielder Billy Hatcher goes 4-for-4 to run his consecutive hit streak to seven, tying Thurman Munson’s World Series record. The Yankees of the late 80s/early 90s responded with a resounding, “Wha? You can play baseball in October?”
1993 – A five-run uprising in the third pushes the Phillies to a 6-4 win over Toronto in Game Two. Mitch Williams earns his only save of the Series. Yankees take a page from the Blue Jays playbook 16 years later and no one has to fall off the mound to make it happen.
1996 – The Atlanta Braves had the biggest blowout in postseason history, beating St. Louis, 15-0, in Game 7 of the NL championship series to complete a comeback from a 3-1 deficit. 3 -1 deficit? Yeesh, if Atlanta could do it, what the heck were we doing yesterday?
Date Sources: www.todayinbaseballhistory.com