3/09 & 3/10 in Yankee History
On the 9th of March over the years…
2009: A 12-7 Yankee defeat at the hands of the Pirates is one of those Spring Training games filled with hints of things to come that will not, in fact, come to pass. CC Sabathia and Boone Logan are reached for four runs each in the first and ninth innings, respectively, Nick Johnson homers his first two times at the plate, and Jon Weber has another big offensive day, with two doubles, two runs driven in and
one scored. Both Johnson and Weber do the damage batting second as the two DHs the Bombers use today.
2006: The shape of things to come… In a spring training game against the Tigers at Legends Field, Detroit starter Kenny Rogers holds the Yankees to 1 run in 3 innings, prefiguring his effective start that will kill the Bombers’ chances in the ALDS in October. The Tigers, meanwhile, jump on Randy Johnson for 5 runs.
1973: Aaron Boone is born. Happy 41st to Mr. Walkoff!
1966: Aaron Robinson, who was platooned with Yogi Berra at catcher before the latter took over as the primary Yankee backstop, dies at the age of 50.
1936: Babe Ruth turns down an offer from the Cincinnati Reds to stage a comeback, an offer that once again hinted at a managerial opportunity, something long sought after by the Bambino.
1908: ’30s Yankee outfielder Myril Hoag is born. Hoag is best remembered as the first Yankee to go 6 for 6 in a 9 inning game (and one of only two, along with Johnny Damon), against the Red Sox in 1934.
…and on the 10th…
2003: The Yankees fine pitcher David Wells $100‚000 for comments in his autobiography that the team feel are detrimental to the club’s image.
2001: In an ST game at Legends Field against the Red Sox, former Yankee center fielder Mickey Rivers mans the first base coaching box. Mick the Quick will advise the few Yanks to reach base against Tim Wakefield and two relievers, as the home side fall, 2-1.
1999: Joe Torre is diagnosed with prostate cancer. While he is undergoing treatment‚ the team will be run by bench coach Don Zimmer.
1958: Steve Howe is born. Howe was a lefty reliever for the Yanks from 1991 to 1996, but will probably always be best known for his record seven drug-related suspensions. Howe signed three free agent contracts with the Yanks, and compiled a mark of 18-10 with 31 saves during his time with the team. He died in a car accident during the 2006 season.