With the likelihood of having a Major League Baseball season becoming less and less unlikely, I want to bring some joy back into Yankee fans’ lives and recall my top five favorite Yankee moments of my lifetime. Remember, I’m just 22 years old and didn’t really start paying attention until I was six years old. Thankfully, that was after the 2004 ALCS.
5. 2018 Wild Card game
There’s really one moment that strikes me in this game and that’s Aaron Judge’s home run in the first inning off Liam Hendricks. This game had a lot of emotion for me in particular since I was a Yankee fan living in the Bay Area. There are plenty of Yankee fans in the Bay Area (and perhaps more Yankee fans than A’s fans) but nonetheless the entire region outside of that was rooting for the A’s to win. Plus, the Yankees had come in as a 100 win team playing for their lives. Judge’s home run released all that anxiety and the Yankees ended up taking care of business in that game. The crowd was electric, and beating the A’s in the playoffs is always great.
4. 2017 Wild Card Game
The Yankees weren’t supposed to be in this game, but here they were. This was supposed to be a rebuilding year but with the emergence of Judge, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino and other young pieces, they were back in the postseason.
Things did not get off to a good start. Sevy only got two outs and gave up three runs. But then Didi Gregorius saved the season and sent Yankee Stadium into pandemonium. Multiple people have said that was the loudest the new stadium had ever gotten. The Yankees would win that game and give me a chance at two of my top three Yankee moments.
3. Gary Sanchez’s go-ahead 2-run double in game 4 of the 2017 ALCS
Part of a four run comeback, Sanchez helps the Yankees avoid a 3-1 series deficit with the go-ahead two run double.The stadium again was alive and well, and I was a high school senior going absolutely bonkers in the Bay Area. It was that moment where I thought they’d go to the World Series. Unfortunately, it was all for not thanks to the cheating Astros.
2. Winning the 2009 World Series
When you win the World Series, it’s always a great moment. I was 10 years old when the Yankees won the Series against the Phillies, beating Pedro twice including in the decisive game six.
The Hideki Matsui show and Mo closing it out, and the Yankees are back on top. Roll the tape.
The comeback to win the 2017 ALDS against Cleveland
What a series this was. Going down 0-1 in the blink of an eye, then having a big lead in game two, blowing it and down 0-2 to the best team in baseball? It certainly was not a great feeling. However, after a masterful pitching performance in game three, a dominant win in game four, the Yankees turned to CC Sabathia in game five. You weren’t sure what you’d get out of him or if the Yankees would hit in Cleveland. They did both. Sabathia was gutsy and Didi hit two bombs to pave the Yankees win. Chapman closed it out and the party was started in Cleveland.
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