Old Timers’ Day is always one of the most fun days of the year. But today had special meaning. Long-time trainer Gene Monohan will retire at the end of the season and threw out the first pitch today to Jorge Posada. Joe Torre and Bernie Williams also made their returns to Yankee Stadium, but Adam will have more on that later. The Yankees honored their long-time trainer and the Yankee legends with a 6-4 win in the rubber game of this three game set. With the win, the Yankees to improve to 45-31 overall and 22-4 during day games.
The craziest thing about today? The Yankees didn’t have a base runner until the fifth inning! Trailing 3-0, the Yankee bats finally woke up as Nick Swisher and Posada both went deep to tie the score at three. The Rockies would reclaim the lead in the top of the sixth, but an A-Rod single evened the score up. Troy Tulowitzki made a critical error in the seventh that opened the door for the Yanks. Mark Teixeira blasted his 23rd home run in the eighth and Mo shut the door in the ninth.
Ivan Nova was shaky through six inning, surrendering four runs on six hits. He did not factor into the decision. He didn’t have his best stuff, but kept his team within striking distance, getting out of a big jam in the first inning.
Overall, it was fitting that two of the oldest Yankees (Posada and Mo) had a big influence on the win. Posada looked genuinely happy to throw on the catcher’s gear and catch Monohan’s first pitch. Mo struck out the side in the ninth inning and even begged Michael Kay to announce him with the Old Timer’s. He even told Kim Jones in the post game that he was pissed at Kay and called him a ‘Big Head’. Half of Mo’s team from 1996 was there so I can understand why.
Derek Jeter, who is rehabbing in Tampa, was not in attendance today. It stinks, but that’s how the cookie crumbles.
22: The Yankees have won 22 of 26 day games.
5: The Yanks have now won five straight series.
20: Mo picked up his 20th save today.
9-2: The Bombers are 9-2 in rubber games this season.
The Yankees have tomorrow off, but will welcome Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, and the Brewers to the Bronx on Tuesday night.
Tuesday, 7:05 PM: Zack Greinke (7-2, 4.77 ERA) vs. Freddy Garcia (6-6, 3.30 ERA)