Friday, March 29, 2019

TGP Trivia and Fact of the Day for March 29th, 2019

Good morning Yankees family and Happy Friday. Who had the bright idea to have Opening Day yesterday, and then a day off today? Dumb. Whatever.

What player for the Yankees set a team record for starters with a strikeouts-per-nine innings ratio of 10.61 in 2016?

Leave your guesses below in the comments section, then highlight below to see if you're right!

Michael Pineda, who led the American League and eclipsed David Cone's mark of 10.25 set in 1997. 

And a special good morning to my amazing wife, Kari. I love you. It's the weekend! Yikes.

This Day In New York Yankees History 3/29: The Yankees 9/11 Tribute

On this day in 2009 the Evil Empire struck again as they placed a permanent September 11 memorial at the entrance of George M. Steinbrenner Field, the Yankees Spring Training home in Tampa, Florida. The tribute showcased a foundation in the shape of the Pentagon that supported two towers made from steel from the World Trade Center that was placed on a grassy spot representing where United Flight 93 was hijacked and flown into the Earth in Pennsylvania. The Red Sox did nothing.

Also on this day in 1975 the Yankees released Mel Stottlemyre after he tore his rotator cuff. Mel finished with a 164-139 record and a 2.97 ERA with 40 shutouts before he became New York's pitching coach.

Finally on this day in 1948 the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox played an exceptionally long exhibition game that went 17 innings, unheard of nowadays. The game still ended in a 2-2 tie in a four hour and two minute game. The Yankees scored a run in each of the bottom of the ninth and tenth innings to keep the game tied and moving along. New York had the winning run at third base in the bottom of the 17th inning but Frank Crosetti attempted a bunt to squeeze the runner home and failed.