2019: The Kraken Is Unleashed ... Three Times
In a 15-3 blowout win over the Orioles at Camden Yards, the Yankees put together their fifth game in franchise history with at least seven home runs and their first of that sort since an eight-homer game on July 31, 2007, against the White Sox.
Gary Sanchez hits three, giving him the first three-homer game of his career -- at the age of 26 years and 126 days, he becomes the youngest Yankee with a three-homer game since Bobby Murcer in 1970.
2016: Starlin Blastro
In an 8-5 win over the Astros at the Stadium, Starlin Castro goes 2-for-4 with a solo home run, capping a tremendous debut series for Castro as a Yankee. In his first three games with the Yanks, Castro went 7-for-12 with two home runs and eight RBI.
2014: A Captain Reunites with Old Friends
After starting their season with six straight road games, the Yankees play their home opener. Since it is known that it will be the last home opener Derek Jeter is going to participate in as an active player due to his announcement prior to the season that 2014 would be his final one, he takes part in the ceremonial first pitch prior to action. In a "Core Four" reunion that included Jeter's retired buddies, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera throw pitches to Jeter and Jorge Posada. In the game itself, Jeter goes 1-for-4 with a run scored as the Yanks defeat Baltimore, 4-2.
2007: Giambi + A-Rod = Walk-Off
Facing the Orioles in the Bronx, the Yankees pull off a huge comeback. Trailing 7-3 entering the bottom of the eighth, Jason Giambi gets the Yanks back in it with a three-run homer off Danys Baez. Then in the ninth, with the Yanks behind 7-6 and down to their last strike, Alex Rodriguez hits his second homer of the game -- a walk-off grand slam off Chris Ray -- and the Yanks win, 10-7. A-Rod's drive is the eighth walk-off grand slam in Yankees history and one of nine for the franchise (Mark Teixeira hit the ninth in 2016).
1998: Brosius' 500th Hit
In a 13-7 Yankees win over the Mariners in Seattle, Scott Brosius records the 500th hit of his career, a single off Heathcliff Slocumb in the top of the ninth inning. Brosius recorded 507 of his 1,001 lifetime hits as a Yankee.
1994: Donnie Baseball's 1,000th RBI
In an 18-6 Yankees romp over the Rangers in the Bronx, Don Mattingly records his 1,000th career RBI. It comes on a fielder's choice grounder off Steve Dreyer in the bottom of the fourth inning, with Wade Boggs scoring when Texas' catcher -- future Yankee and Hall of Famer, Ivan Rodriguez -- dropped a throw at home plate. Mattingly finished his career with 1,099 RBI, a total that ranks seventh all-time among players who spent their entire playing careers with the Yanks (so guys like Yogi Berra, who appeared in four games with the Mets in 1965, are not in that group).
1977: Reggie Arrives
With the Yankees hosting the Brewers on Opening Day, Reggie Jackson makes his highly anticipated debut in pinstripes after signing with the Yanks in late November of 1976. He goes 2-for-4 with two runs scored as the Yankees defeat Milwaukee, 3-0. Reggie's old teammate with the A's, Catfish Hunter -- he himself a high-profile signing for the Yankees a few years earlier -- limits the Brewers to three hits over seven innings, and Sparky Lyle finishes the shutout behind him. Lyle's Opening Day save was his first step on the road to winning the 1977 AL Cy Young Award (thus putting the Cy Young in "Cy Young to Sayonara" -- a description credited to Graig Nettles about Lyle's fortunes after the Yanks traded Lyle to the Rangers in November of 1978).
1969: Yankees Topple an Old Foe
Visiting RFK Stadium on Opening Day, the Yankees provide the opposition for Ted Williams in his managerial debut as he leads the second coming of the Washington Senators. With President Nixon in attendance, the Yanks spoil Williams' debut by beating Washington -- they held an 8-0 lead through three-and-a-half innings and wound up winning, 8-4. At the plate, Bobby Murcer goes 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. On the mound, Mel Stottlemyre throws a complete game for the win despite giving up four runs on 14 hits.