When I heard the news that the Dodgers were going to play the Yankees, it brought back memories from my first Dodger game on June 26, 2010. I was 8 years old and had just begun to enjoy baseball so my Grandma decided that a good birthday gift would be a baseball game. She bought tickets for me, my brother and my dad; our seats were in the back row of the field level seats behind the Dodger’s dugout. The picture to the right shows the view from our seats, which I will most likely never have again. The Dodgers won the game 9-4.
Because the first MLB game that I went to was against the Yankees, and because my first team was the Red Sox, I only root for them when they play the Giants. Because the Yanks are in the American League and the Dodgers are in the National League they don’t play often. As always when I need to know something baseball, I went to baseball-reference.com and found that as of September 11, 2016 the teams have faced each other 10 times in regular season activities. They will face each other 3 times this season on September 12, September 13, and September 14. They have faced each other in the World Series 11 times, more than any other teams, the Yankees have won 8 of those times, and the Dodgers have won 3 times.
GREAT PLAYERS YANKEES OF THE PAST
George Herman Ruth had many nicknames and some of them made no sense. He was given the nickname of Babe by the Red Sox because he was so skinny. The Sultan of Swat’s first home run came for the Red Sox against the Yankees, he never stopped hitting. The Bambino was given to him by Italian fans who hung around the Polo Grounds, bambino means child. The curse of the bambino was when the Red Sox traded Babe Ruth to the Yankees for cash. The Babe is 3rd on the all-time home run list.
As of September 16, 2016 Mickey Mantle is 18th on the all-time home run list. The outfielder had a career batting average of .298 which is just 2 points shy of what is considered “a hall of fame batting average.” Mantle was also named to 20 all-star teams, which is A LOT!
Lou Gehrig may be most commonly known for the disease named after him, Lou Gehrig’s disease, in fact my Great-Grandfather died of it. But Lou Gehrig was known for other things too, the Iron Horse played in 2,130 consecutive games. When you think about that, if the seasons were all 162 games long, it would mean he played every game for 13+ seasons! He is also known for his speech that stated: “I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”
Joe DiMaggio is best known for his seemingly unbreakable 56 game hitting streak. He had a career batting average of .325, a very good average. Before playing for the Yanks, Joe served our country during WW2, reaching the rank of Sargent.
Peter Berra was one of the most energetic catchers who walked the face of the earth. He received the nickname of Yogi at age 12 from his friends. What he was most famous for though, were his sayings called Yogi-isms, here are some of them:
- It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.
- We made too many wrong mistakes.
- Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical.
- I’m a lucky guy and I’m happy to be with the Yankees. And I want to thank everyone for making this night necessary.
- You should always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise, they won’t go to yours.
View more Yogi-isms at nypost.com
Reggie Jackson was nicknamed “Mr. October” due to how many home runs he hit in the World Series. He hit a total of 10 homers in the Fall Classic, 2 for the Oakland Athletics and 8 for the Yanks, 9 of his 10 homers came against the Dodgers. In 1977 Mr. October hit 5 home runs in the Yankees championship over the Dodgers; he hit 1 homer in game 1, 1 in game 2, and in game 3 he hit 3 home runs. He stood alone with that record for 32 years. In 2009 while playing for the Phillies, Chase Utley hit 5 home runs in the World Series against the Yankees.
THIS YEAR’S SERIES
- WP: Jose De Leon
- LP: Bryan Mitchell
- HR: LAD: Yasiel Puig, Justin Turner
NYY: Starlin Castro, Aaron Judge
Jose De Leon was making his second start of his career in a totally different environment from his first. He made his debut at Dodger Stadium, his second start was in a very hostile environment, Yankee Stadium. What he had in his favor is that there was a group of Dodger fans, somewhere between 800 and 1300 of them, located along the left field line.
Chase Utley and Corey Seager hit back-to-back singles to start the game, and after Justin Turner advanced Utley to third, Adrian Gonzalez grounded into a force out. Utley scored and the Dodgers had an early 1-0 lead. In the 2nd inning, Howie Kendrick and Andrew Toles singled before Utley hit what looked like it should have been the 3rd out, but Aaron Judge dropped it allowing 2 runs to score. Seager then, hit an RBI single driving in Utley giving the Dodgers their 3rd run of the frame.
- WP: Adam Warren
- LP: Ross Stripling
- SV: Dellin Betances
- HR: NYY: Jacoby Ellsbury, Didi Gregorious, Gary Sanchez
CC Sabitha held the Dodgers to 3 hits over 6.1 innings. The game remained scoreless until Jacoby Ellsbury and Didi Gregorious went back-to-back in the 7th inning. In the 8th inning Gary Sanchez tacked on an insurance run with another solo shot. Dellin Betances held the Dodgers scoreless in the 9th to collect the save.
The rubber match of the Dodgers vs Yankees series was once again a pitcher’s duel. Despite 2 rain delays, Clayton Kershaw pitched 5 innings allowing only 1 hit. Both team’s bullpens held the game together until the 9th inning, when, Corey Seager reached first base on a fielding error by Starlin Castro, Seager then stole second base with Justin Turner batting. Turner hit a double into left field, Seager scored and the Dodgers took the lead. Turner slid into second base stretching his hit into a double but his neck hit Castro’s leg, Turner stayed in the game. Adrian Gonzalez, advanced Turner to 3rd base with a sacrifice fly and Yasmani Grandal hit a come-backer to Dellin Betances, who tried to throw the ball home and get Turner who was trying to score. But instead, Betances threw the ball away and Turner scored. Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the 9th inning securing the victory for the Dodgers.