On this day seven years ago, maligned Yankees starter A.J. Burnett emerged victorious in his finest performance in pinstripes. With his team trailing the 2009 World Series after losing the opener, A.J. twirled seven innings of four-hit, one-run ball, baffling the Phillies with nine strikeouts. Mariano Rivera finished the 3-1 victory with a two-inning save, and the World Series was tied. A.J.'s contract might have been frustrating, but this crucial performance made it all worth it. Thanks again, A.J.
Derek Jeter wrote at The Players' Tribune about the weird feelings cleaning out his Yankee Stadium locker for the last time. Man. Feels.
Can the Yankees just have Derby? Please?
October 27, 1999: The Yankees finished off their surprising sweep of the Atlanta Braves with a 4-1 victory. After 16 seasons of frustration, starter Roger Clemens finally notched his first World Series victory and the Yankees won their 25th overall while impressively matching the feats of the legendary '98 team. Hell they did one game better in the postseason: 11-1 vs. 11-2 in '98. Team of the Century? Absolutely.
Just unspeakably awful news has been reported tonight, as 22-year-old St. Louis Cardinals outfielder and third-ranked overall prospect Oscar Taveras has been killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic which also took the life of his girlfriend. Our thoughts at PSA go out to their families and Cardinals fans everywhere. Rest well, Oscar.
On this day 14 years ago, Mariano Rivera jumped on the mound at Shea Stadium in exultation after Mike Piazza's long fly ball settled into Bernie Williams's glove, ending the 2000 World Series and clinching the Yankees' third straight title. Who knows if we will ever see a three-peat again, but those three years were about as awesome as it gets for Yankees fans. Can they come back?
On this day 20 years ago, the 1996 Yankees completed their journey to the top of baseball by defeating the Atlanta Braves to win Game 6 of the World Series. Future manager Joe Girardi had the decisive hit, a booming RBI triple against his former Cubs teammate Greg Maddux. When Charlie Hayes squeezed the foul ball off Wolrd Series MVP John Wetteland that finished the job, Yankee Stadium went crazy. What a team.
On this day in Yankees history 37 years ago, relief ace Sparky Lyle was awarded the 1977 AL Cy Young Award! Lyle pitched 72 games and 137 innings of 2.17 ERA ball that year, providing manager Billy Martin with an arm he could always rely on for multiple innings out of the 'pen. Sparky was the man. He also sat on birthday cakes naked, so bonus points.