On This Day in Yankees History: 2011

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August 25, 2011. After an 89 minute rain delay the Yankees finally take the field at the stadium to take on the Oakland A’s. Phil Hughes is on the mound and Rich Harden is up for the A’s. The lineup for the Bombers is: Jeter DH Granderson CF Teixeira 1B Rodriguez 3B Cano 2B Swisher RF […]

Joe Torre’s Number Retired In Monument Park

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In Yankee lore, the number six has been worn by a prominent group of players. The list encompasses the likes of Roy White, Clete Boyer, Bobby Brown, Andy Carey, Joe Gordon, Tony Lazzeri and even for a short time, Mickey Mantle. Wearing it last as a player was Tony Fernandez, in 1995. Donning the number […]

20 Years Later: The 1994 New York Yankees

Don Mattingly is in his 13th year of eligibility for Baseball's Hall of Fame (Photo Credit: Bleacher Report)

The 1994 New York Yankees epitomized the true meaning of team. Well balanced with grinders, veterans, up and comers and role players all around. While perhaps not as good on paper as their championship successors of the 1990′s, they had a special vibe about them. Then, the music stopped. Being from Albany, NY, that season […]

Paul O’Neill In Monument Park

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Winner. Water cooler wrecker. Warrior. Paul O’Neill was all of that and more for the New York Yankees, from 1993-2001. When O’Neill was traded from the Cincinnati Reds, along with minor-league first baseman Joe DeBerry, for Roberto Kelly, he initially replaced Mel Hall in left-field and the contrast could not have been clearer. At the […]

Jeter and the Mets

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For almost two decades, Derek Jeter has torched the Mets. Much to the delight of Yankee fans, they’ve watched Jeter get hit after hit after hit against the crosstown rivals, ever since interleague play began back in 1997. For Mets fans, they couldn’t be happier to see him go. Jeter owns a career slash line […]

Ellsbury joins a distinguished list

The Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a 7 year, $153 M contract this offseason.

Tonight’s Yankees-Red Sox game will have a little extra juice to it. Not only because Masahiro Tanaka will make his first start at Fenway, but because Jacoby Ellsbury will make his return to the place he called home for seven years. He isn’t the first high-profile player to switch his red socks for pinstripes, and […]

A Look Back: ’01 World Series Game 5

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Enough of these drastically low temperatures and snow! Let’s flashback to a warm, epic Yankees moment for a second. Here’s something besides the MLB Hot Stove to keep you cozy during the dreadful offseason. Please, join me in reminiscing back to the heyday of the Core Four and getting the drama of baseball back pumping […]

On this day in history | 1961

Maris follows through as he watches his 61st home run of the season head out to right field. (Credit: Associated Press)

With the entire country watching, after months of pressure and stress, Roger Maris stepped into the batters box in the bottom of the fourth inning against the Red Sox and pitcher Tracy Stallard. He then connected on his 61st home run of the year, breaking Babe Ruth‘s 34-year old record of 60 in a single […]

On This Day in History | 1996

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In May of 1996, David Cone underwent surgery on an aneurysm in his pitching shoulder. The operation was both career and life threatening, but he triumphantly returned on this date with a memorable performance. Cone tossed seven no-hit innings against the Oakland A’s, throwing just 85 pitches and notching six strikeouts. Manager Joe Torre pulled […]

Sori, Jeter and Mo: just like old times

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Bob Sheppard’s voice boomed over the PA system. Derek Jeter homered. Alfonso Soriano homered. Hideki Matsui was given a standing ovation. Mariano Rivera pitched a spotless ninth, and the Yankees won by a score of 6-5 against Tampa Bay. No, this isn’t a summary of a game from 2003. It’s what happened yesterday afternoon at […]

Rivera finishes where he started

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When I saw Mariano Rivera warm up in the seventh inning of last night’s All-Star Game, I couldn’t believe it. I kept thinking: “how could Jim Leyland put a man with 638 saves in his Hall of Fame career in for the eighth? Why with a three-run lead would you play it so safe? I […]

Spoiled by success

This is the core group of catalysts to the Yankees enjoyed success for more than a decade

For the first time ever, the Bronx Pinstripes writers united yesterday in the place where all of our inspiration is drawn from, Yankee Stadium, as a way of catching up with each other while catching a ballgame on a beautiful day in the Bronx. Our outing was quickly spoiled though by a Yankee loss due […]

Short memory for Mo

Mariano walks off the mound after last night's blown save, already looking forward to the next save opportunity (Photo Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER)

It was bound to happen. Coming into last night’s game against the Mets, Rivera had converted 18 saves in a row to begin the season – impressive for anyone, let alone a man who is 43-years of age. Before last night, Rivera was 22 for 24 in save opportunities against the crosstown rivals, including the […]

Deja Vu all over again

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The Yankees will enter the 2013 season without an offensive-minded catcher for the first time in about 17 years. The departure of Russell Martin has left much to be desired offensively from the current crop of backstops, mainly Francisco Cervelli – who figures to be the starter -  and likely backup Chris Stewart. The situation […]

Former Yankee Hideki Matsui to Retire

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Fan favorite and baseball icon Hideki Matsui will retire after 10 years in the major leagues, according to sources. Matsui played 10 years in Japan prior to coming to the states before the 2003 season. That year, he finished second in the Rookie Of the Year voting to Kansas City Royals’ shortstop Angel Berroa. During […]

A-Rod and Raul linked forever

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The guy with the 647 career home runs had been pushed aside. The guy who has a good chance to finish number one in three major categories (home runs, runs, RBIs) was told he wasn’t needed. Alex Rodriguez was told he wasn’t Alex Rodriguez anymore. “Ibanez for A-Rod” in Game Three will be talked about […]

Yankee flashback: A conversation with Jeffrey Maier

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The ball jumped off Derek Jeter’s bat and headed out to right field. Down by one run in the eighth inning of Game One of the 1996 ALCS to the Baltimore Orioles, the Yankees needed runs, and fast. As the ball traveled to the outfield, then 12-year-old Jeffrey Maier left his seat in the front […]

Yankees Gave Hope in Time of Despair

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It was Monday September 10, 2001, and I was on my way to the Bronx to see the Yankees take on the Boston Red Sox. The entire day was cloudy, rain here and there, but when my parents and I got to the stadium, the skies opened up. Lightning, purple sky, torrential downpour – it […]

Birds- a Threat for Playoff Push?

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We all know about the many notorious division rivalries in Major League Baseball…but the O’s and Yanks? This past week has shown growing tension between AL East contenders: Baltimore and New York. After a couple of stressful, nail-biters this week, it seems as if the Orioles are posing a late season threat on the Pinstripers, […]

2012 Bench Reminiscent of ’96

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In 1996, the Yankees went to the World Series for the first time in 15 years. A team with a mix of youth and veteran leadership, the team persevered against a heavy favorite Atlanta Braves team in six games, culminating in a World Series Championship in the Bronx, the first since 1978. That year, especially […]