2016: Switching It Up for No. 400
Mark Teixeira becomes the fifth switch-hitter in baseball history to reach 400 home runs, smacking the milestone roundtripper in the eighth inning at Petco Park off the Padres’ Carlos Villanueva. For good measure, Teixeira adds another homer an inning later for his 42nd and final career multi-home run game.
2015: Brian McCann’s Early Fireworks
Chris Archer continues his usual dominance over the Yankees, blanking them for the first 6 2/3 innings. The Bombers break through against the Rays bullpen when Mark Teixeira ties the score off Kevin Jepsen in the eighth inning, belting a three-run home run to knot the score at three, where it remained even until the 12th. Chasen Shreve allows a run for the first time since mid-May, and the Rays jump ahead again, 5-3. In the bottom half of the inning, Teixeira singles in a run ahead of Brian McCann, which brings the Yankees within a run. With early Fourth of July fireworks going off behind the Stadium, McCann unloads on a 1-0 pitch from Steve Geltz for the walk-off, three-run blast.
2013: CC Gets a Milestone Win
CC Sabathia uses 121 pitches across seven innings to collect his 200th career win as the Yankees defeat the Twins, 3-2, in Minneapolis. With the victory, Sabathia is the fourth active pitcher to reach 200 wins, and the eighth in the Expansion Era (since 1961) to do so before his 33rd birthday. He also continues a nearly six-year winning streak against Minnesota, going 11-0 with a 2.01 ERA in his last 12 starts versus the club (postseason included).
1967: Brian Cashman Is Born
Brian McGuire Cashman is born in Rockville Center, NY, as the middle child to Nancy and John. While still attending Division III Catholic University, Cashman begins an internship with the Yankees’ Minor League and Scouting Department in 1986 and accepts a position as a Baseball Operations Assistant upon his graduation in 1989. In 1992, he is named Assistant General Manager under Gene Michael before succeeding Bob Watson as GM in 1998. The Yankees’ World Series title that season makes Cashman the youngest general manager ever to win a championship. Overall, Cashman has won four World Series titles (1998-2000, 2009) and the team has made 18 trips to the playoffs in his 22 seasons at the helm as General Manager.
1923: A Yankee Stadium First
Leading off the bottom of the 15th inning with the score tied at one, Babe Ruth homers off Washington’s George Mogridge to give the Yankees a 2-1 win, marking the first walk-off homer in Yankee Stadium history. Of note, both starters, Bullet Joe Bush and Mogridge, throw complete games and Bush hits a homer in the eighth inning for the game’s first run.