2018: Fight Night at Fenway
In a 10-7 Yankees win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park, the benches and bullpens cleared twice. The first incident occurred in the top of the third inning when Brock Holt took exception to a slide made into second base by Tyler Austin - Holt thought Wade may have been trying to take one of his legs out on a possible double-play ball. Nothing of note happened in the first incident, just some standing around and such, but then in the top of the seventh Austin charged the mound when he was purposely hit by a pitch from Joe Kelly. Punches were thrown, tackles were made. Kelly and Austin were among eight players\coaches\managers disciplined for their roles in the fight.
2006: The Captain Caps a Comeback
Following six road games to start the season, the Yankees hosted the Royals in their home opener at the Stadium. The Yanks entered the bottom of the 8th down 7-4 but a five-run inning off members of the Kansas City bullpen turned the tide. After the first three hitters all reached base, the Yanks scored twice on a Robinson Cano RBI groundout and a Bernie Williams RBI single, both off Andrew Sisco. Ambiorix Burgos entered out of the Royals bullpen and struck out Johnny Damon, but the next batter - Derek Jeter - connected for a go-ahead three-run homer off Burgos. KC threatened in the ninth, but with two on and two out, Mariano Rivera got Doug Mientkiewicz - who later played for the Yankees - to line out back to the mound, ending a 9-7 come-from-behind win.
2004: A Milestone for Moose
Hall of Famer Mike Mussina collected his 200th career victory in a 5-4 win over the White Sox. Moose fell behind early but would end up going 6.1 innings. A big blow in this one was delivered by emerging cult favorite Bubba Crosby - in the bottom of the fourth inning, the light-hitting outfielder blasted a go-ahead three-run homer off Dan Wright, and while Chicago quickly tied the game afterwards, a Gary Sheffield RBI double off Wright in the bottom of the fifth gave the Yanks the lead for good. Once Mussina departed, a trio of relievers combined to go the rest of the way: Gabe White, Tom Gordon, and Mariano Rivera, with Mo picking up the save.
1980: The Birth of Tex
Mark Teixeira was born in Annapolis, Maryland. Already a star after playing for the Rangers, Braves, and Angels over his first six MLB seasons, Teixeira signed an eight-year contract with the Yankees prior to the 2009 campaign as the Yanks beat out a host of suitors for his services in free agency including the Red Sox. In his first year with the club, Teixeira helped lead the Yankees to a World Championship and finished second to Joe Mauer in American League Most Valuable Player voting. Known as much for his elite defense at first base as he was for his power, Teixeira won three of his five lifetime Gold Glove Awards as a Yankee and earned two of his three All-Star nods in pinstripes. He ended his career with a bang too - the last of the 206 home runs he hit with the Yanks was a walk-off grand slam to beat the Red Sox on 9\28\16, the 409th and final homer of his career.
1954: Yankees Go Country
In a trade with the Cardinals, the Yankees acquired Hall of Fame outfielder Enos Slaughter in exchange for outfielder Bill Virdon and two others. Virdon went on to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 1955 and later managed the Yankees for 266 games between the 1974 and 1975 seasons. This deal started the first of two stints Slaughter had with the Yankees. Nicknamed "Country" while growing up in North Carolina, he appeared in 350 regular-season games with the Yanks from 1954 through mid-1959, though that stretch was not continuous as the Yanks traded him to the Kansas City Athletics in May of 1955 and reacquired him off waivers a little over a year later. A four-time World Champion, Slaughter won two of those titles with the Yankees in 1956 and 1958, though the ten-time Cardinals All-Star had St. Louis' logo on his plaque when he was inducted into Cooperstown in 1985.
1912: An Iconic Look Debuts
Starting their final season prior to officially becoming the Yankees, the New York "Highlanders" begin their last campaign as residents of Hilltop Park before moving to the Polo Grounds. On Opening Day, they lose to the Red Sox 5-3 as the franchise's fabled pinstripes make their first appearance on the team's uniforms.