With no July 4 baseball in 2020, let’s take a look back at the best Yankees moments on Independence Day.
Sorry, Yankees fans, but we won’t get to see the Bombers face off against the Toronto Blue Jays this year on July 4 in the Bronx. We’ll have to wait another full year for live baseball on our nation’s birthday.
But what’s stopping us from reliving the best moments from Independence Day in franchise history? At this point, that’s all we can do as we wait for the 2020 MLB season to start on July 23.
The Fourth of July is truly an iconic baseball day, so let’s take a look back on the sport’s greatest franchise’s triumphs on America’s birthday.
5. Last Year’s Victory Over Rays in Tampa
The Yankees defeated the Rays on July 4, 2019 in Tampa.
Why not start with a nice present day moment with the current installation of this Yankees team? This one had it all. Announcer Ryan Ruocco was filling in for John Sterling on the holiday, and he gave us another one of his trademark broadcasts.
The Yanks fell down early 1-0 with JA Happ starting this one, but quickly stormed back on RBIs from Mike Tauchman and Aaron Hicks in the third inning. Then Edwin Encarnacion added a solo shot in the seventh to make it 3-1.
But then came the ninth. Aroldis Chapman came on to close, and it didn’t go according to plan. Joey Wendle’s RBI double made it a one-run game, and then a Chapman fastball got by Gary Sanchez to tie it up.
But have no fear, DJ LeMahieu was in the batter’s box with the bases jacked in the top of the 10th, and he squeaked a single past the shortstop, scoring two runs. Then El Gary redeemed himself with a moonshot of a three-run homer to put this one in the books. 8-4, Yanks win. Eat it, Tampa.