Monday, November 4, 2013

This Day In New York Yankees History 11/4

On this day in 2001 all Yankees fans witnessed Luis Gonzalez bloop a single over a drawn in infield over Yankees closer Mariano Rivera to walk off in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series. As much as this one hurt to lose this was, and I know I have said this a couple of times, the greatest World Series of all time in my opinion.

The starting pitching made a little bit of history in that same Game 7 of the 2001 World Series as for the first time since 1985 we have a pair of 20 game winners starting the game. The Yankees started Roger Clemens and his 20-3 record and he was faced off with Curt Schilling and his 22-6 record for the D Backs. The previous World Series that two 20 game winners faced off was when Bret Saberhagen and his 20-6 record for the Royals faced off with John Tudor and his 21-8 record for the St. Louis Cardinals.

On this day in 2003 the Yankees hired Don Mattingly to be their hitting coach replacing Rick Down. It is always kind of cool to bring back Yankees legends to be part of the coaching staff. Mattingly would later be promoted to bench coach for Joe Torre and was one of the top candidated to replace Torre in 2008 before the Yankees decided on Joe Girardi.

On this day in 2005 the New York Yankees hired former co captain and Cy Young Award winner Ron Guidry as their new pitching coach replacing Mel Stottlemyer. Former Red Sox Joe Kerrigan also joined the team on this day as the bullpen coach.

On this day in 2009 Hideki Matsui and the Yankees went crazy on the Philadelphia Phillies to capture their 27th World Series championship. The Yankees would beat the defending champions 7-3 in this game and would win the series in six games with Hideki Matsui taking home the World Series MVP award. Matsui tied a World Series record with six RBI's while Andy Pettitte became only the second pitcher to ever collect the victory in the clinching game in all three postseason series.

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