Well, hello there everybody. Welcome to This Week In Yankees Baseball. The Boys from the Bronx are struggling to put it all together to make their stretch run. And Yankees fans will never forget the tragic loss of the great Thurman Munson on August 2, 1979.
First, after finishing up with Toronto on Sunday, the Yankees started a series with the Rangers. Two home runs by the mighty Brett Gardner were not enough on Monday as Yu Darvish out- dueled David Phelps, 4-2. Derek Jeter did move up to seventh place on the all-time hit list. He passed Boston´s Carl Yastrzemski with hit number 3,42o. It´s starting to sound like a broken record, but congratulations again, Derek!
That was followed by a wild affair on Tuesday. The Yankees jumped far in front with seven runs in the sixth inning, two in the seventh, and two more in the eighth. Still, they had to hold on for a 12-11 win behind Brandon McCarthy. Gardner homered again, and Mark Teixeira added another.
And the Yankees employed the long ball once again on Wednesday, this time it was solo shots by Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury. But that is all the offense the Yanks got, as they fell 3-2 to Texas. This spoiled a solid outing by Hiroki Kuroda, who allowed three runs in seven innings.
After an off day on Thursday, the Yankees started a series with the Red Sox Friday night. Yankees fans looked forward to the offensive boost of newly acquired Stephen Drew and Martin Prado. But the pair went without a hit in six combined plate appearances. Boston held on for a 4-3 win.
Before signing off, the most important story of the week had nothing to do with any of this. It was 35 years ago this weekend that I pulled my car over on the highway. The tears rolled down my face as my fist pounded the dashboard. This was due to the news on the radio that the great Thurman Munson had passed away in a plane crash.