It's the first day of baseball after the All-Star break (Thank goodness!) so in that vein, I thought it would be interesting to see how the Yankees have fared the last five years in their first game back from the break. Last year, the Yankees played the Cincinnati Reds and won the game 4-3. David Phelps got the win against Mike Leake, Jacoby Ellsbury was 2-4 with a two-run home run and Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran also picked up an RBI apiece. (Fun fact: I attended this game with a friend who was sitting in a different section so I was alone and surrounded by Reds fans, but I had a great time anyway.)
In 2013, the Yankees were up in Fenway Park and lost 4-2 to the Red Sox. Felix Doubront picked up the win and Andy Pettitte got the loss. None of the Yankees hit a home run but Robinson Cano, Lyle Overbay and Chris Stewart all hit doubles. Remember them? Ellsbury hit a home run but that night as well but it was for the Red Sox so boo to him.
Three years ago, the Yankees had a big come from behind win against the Angels at Yankee Stadium. The biggest reason for the win? Mark Teixeira and his five RBI. He hit two home runs, including the game-tying home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Russell Martin hit what turned out to be the game-winning single, later in the inning. The Yankees went into the eighth down 5-2 and came out of it on top 6-5.
Four years ago, the Yankees went up to Toronto to start the "second half" and got their asses handed to them by the Blue Jays. They lost the game 16-7. The Jays scored eight in the bottom half of the first inning and it never got better for the Yankees. Bartolo Colon picked up the loss and amazingly, not one single Blue Jay hit a home run in the game. Andruw Jones hit two for the Yankees in the losing effort.
And finally, in 2010, the Yankees didn't return to action on the first day back from the break - there were seven games that night - but they did play the Friday night after the All-Star break and it was a memorable one because on that night, they were honoring both George Steinbrenner and Bob Sheppard, who had passed away within days of each other that July.
The big hero of the night was Nick Swisher who not only hit the game-tying home run in the bottom of the eighth inning, but also hit the game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth to beat Tampa, 5-4.
The Yankees have actually done better than I remembered on the first day back from the break. I think that 16-7 loss was throwing me off because it's the one I recalled the best out of those last few games which is kind of amazing because like I said, I attended last year's game against the Reds. Getting old is a lot of fun.
Enjoy your Friday.