2018: Aaron's Party
In his second game back from a right intercostal muscle strain, Aaron Hicks looked fine in an 8-6 Yankees win over the Tigers in Detroit. In the top of the second inning, Hicks' drive off Mike Fiers hit off the wall in right-center and bounced far away from center fielder Leonys Martin. Hicks circled the bases and slid home for a two-run inside-the-park home run. Then in the sixth, Hicks led off against Fiers with a more conventional homer, blasting a no-doubter to right and becoming the first Yankee since Hank Bauer in 1956 to hit an inside-the-park homer and an over-the-fence homer in the same game.
2017: Hicks Thwarts Tampa Bay
Aaron Hicks powered the Yankees to a 3-2 win over the Rays at the Stadium, homering from both sides of the plate and driving in all of the Yanks' runs. First, he hit a solo home run off Matt Andriese batting left-handed in the bottom of the first inning, then with the Yanks down, 2-1, he took Xavier Cedeno out for a go-ahead two-run shot in the seventh while batting right-handed.
2015: Drew Drops In
With the Yankees trailing Baltimore, 4-2, at Camden Yards, Stephen Drew turned the tide in the top of the seventh inning with a pinch-hit grand slam off Tommy Hunter, the decisive blow in a 6-5 Yanks win. Drew became the first Yankee to deliver a pinch-hit grand slam since Jorge Posada in 2001.
2009: Swish Takes the Mound
With the Yankees losing to the Rays, 15-5, at Tropicana Field, outfielder Nick Swisher was called upon to eat an inning as a pitcher. A decade before it became trendy for position players to do so, Swisher became the first Yankees position player to pitch in a game since Wade Boggs in 1997. Swisher gave up a walk and a single to start the bottom of the eighth inning, but he retired the next three batters to finish a scoreless frame in which he threw 22 pitches.
2008: Digging Deep
Workers at the site where the new Yankee Stadium was being built dug a Red Sox jersey out of the concrete. It was a tattered David Ortiz jersey buried there by a Bronx construction worker who was a Boston fan. A couple of weeks later, the jersey was auctioned off to raise money for the Jimmy Fund, a cancer care and research charity in Boston. It drew a winning bid of $175,110 from Kevin Meehan of Mendon, Massachusetts.
1978: Raining Chocolate and Peanuts
After five road games to begin their season, the Yankees played their home opener against the White Sox. Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris raised the 1977 World Championship banner, but while the M&M boys were honored prior to action, a different kind of chocolate gained everlasting notoriety on this day. In a move rooted in a remark Reggie Jackson made while he was a member of the Athletics -- "if I played in New York, they'd name a candy bar after me" -- Standard Brands Confectionary passed out "Reggie!" candy bars, a mix of chocolate and peanuts. In the bottom of the first inning, Reggie hit a three-run homer off Wilbur Wood and a cascade of candy bars rained down as fans threw them on the field in jubilation. The fans drew the ire of White Sox manager Bob Lemon, who coincidentally would manage Reggie and the Yankees to a World Championship later that year after he was fired by the White Sox on June 30 and then hired by the Yankees on July 25 to replace Billy Martin. Reggie's home run put the Yanks in the drivers' seat and they won, 4-2. Ron Guidry pitched a complete game, earning the first of 25 wins he recorded in 1978 when he put together one of the greatest individual seasons for a starting pitcher in MLB history.
1954: Moose Tracks
Bill "Moose" Skowron made his MLB debut. In a 5-3 extra-inning Yankees loss at the Washington Senators, Skowron pinch-hit for Joe Collins in the top of the fifth inning and played first base until he too was later pinch-hit for. Skowron played for the Yankees from 1954-1962, making seven All-Star teams while wearing pinstripes and winning four World Championships with the club. In November of 1962, the Yankees traded him to the Dodgers, who Skowron helped beat the Yanks in the 1963 World Series. He went on to play for the Senators, White Sox and Angels before retiring after the 1967 season.
1926: Poosh 'Em Up
On Opening Day in a 12-11 Yankees win over the Red Sox in Boston, Hall of Famer Tony Lazzeri made his MLB debut, playing second base and going 1-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored. Nicknamed "Poosh 'Em Up Tony" early in his professional career, Lazzeri played for the Yanks from 1926-1937. He earned his lone All-Star nod in the first year of the All-Star Game's existence (1933), and he was part of five World Championship teams, including the legendary 1927 "Murderer's Row" club. After the Yanks, Lazzeri continued his MLB career elsewhere and later served a player-manager in the Minors before retiring from baseball following the 1943 season. He died of a heart attack just a few years later in 1946 at the age of 42. Lazzeri was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991 after being voted in by what was then known as the Veteran's Committee.