The Blue Jays are in town for a four-game set, and a pretty big one at that. Over the years, the Yankees have almost always been good, so we've been pretty lucky to have seen some pretty big regular season matchups. I decided to ask the PSA staff about some of their memories.
Q: The Yankees are about to play a four-game series against the Blue Jays. Tell us your favorite memory from a crucial regular season series.
I've used this for when listing my favourite pennant race, but I'll go back to a modern day classic here; the 2006 Fenway five game sweep. Five Yankee wins, five Boston losses, one division race sealed, an incredible ninth consecutive AL East crown. What a way to cap off that dominant run.
I have to agree with Arun on this one. I used mine for the pennant race as well, but does it get much sweeter than that 5-game sweep in Boston? It was an all-time beating that took the Sox down a peg, and I loved every minute of it.
I'll try to think of other possibilities, but i'm not sure that can be topped.
It feels strange to pick a game that the Yankees lost for this, but the night of September 28th, 2011 saw the greatest trolling of the Boston Red Sox in the history of time. The final game of the season meant nothing for the Yankees, who had already clinched the AL East, but it meant a whole lot for their opponents, the Tampa Bay Rays, who were tied for the Wild Card with Boston after the Red Sox had blown a 9-game lead in September. Boston needed to beat the Orioles and for the Yankees to top the Rays to advance to the playoffs, or for one of the two to happen to force a one-game playoff.
It's hard for me to write this without giggling. First, in St. Petersburg, the unholy trio of Boone Logan, Luis Ayala and Cory Wade gave up seven runs in two innings to send what was once a 7-0 lead into extras. Then, up in Baltimore, Jonathan Papelbon allowed two in the ninth to turn a 3-2 lead into a 4-3 loss. Oh, the thoughts that must have gone through Sox fans' minds a few minutes later, when they saw Scott Proctor trotting out for his third inning of work in the bottom of the 12th. When Evan Longoria's second home run of the night landed, the Rays were going to the playoffs and the Red Sox were going home.
I do not think it gets much better than the five game sweep of the Red Sox in 2006. The Yankee were 1.5 games in front of Boston at the beginning of that series and by the end they were 6.5 games ahead of them for the division lead. I mean, beating Boston is always just so enjoyable in itself. Sweeping Boston is even better. Sweeping them in a five game series with the AL East lead on the line? It really doesn't get much better than that. Although, the last three games against the Blue Jays may be pretty amazing, I don't know if I'll even get quite the same sense of satisfaction.
Three words: Greg Golson's throw.
For me, it has to be the crazy game with the Red Sox where Jeter flew into the stands and Flaherty hit the walkoff. Absolutely insane game to watch live.
I have to go with the crucial three-game set against the Astros at the end of the 2013 season. The Yankees went on the road against a good Astros' team and came away with a sweep. It was capped off with a huge extra innings win on the final day of the regular season. A big performance by Yankee great Eduardo Nunez led the way, getting the Yankees' win total to 85 which was, uh, not good enough to make the playoffs. But what a series.
Those are our answers and now we want to hear from you. What are some memories you have of crucial regular season matchups?