Memorable games at the new Yankee Stadium
In 2008, after 85 years the old Yankee Stadium closed its doors. Fans worried that the ghosts from the old park would not make their across the street, but since 2009 the new stadium has had plenty of memorable games. Compiled by Matt Saur
APRIL 3, 2009: YANKEES 7, CUBS 4
Fans saw the new ball park for the first time as the Bombers opened up the $1.6 billion stadium with an exhibition game against the Cubs. The Yankees beat the Cubs with home runs from Cody Ransom, Hideki Matsui and Robinson Cano, whose second-inning blast was the first unofficial home run to ever be hit in the new park.
APRIL 16, 2009: INDIANS 10, YANKEES 2
The first official game at the new Yankee Stadium was a loss. CC Sabathia was outpitched by Cliff Lee, and the Yankees bullpen didn't fare much better, turning the game into a laugher when Grady Sizemore blasted a grand slam in the seventh inning to give the Indians a 9-1 lead. Johnny Damon recorded the first hit at “The House That George Built,” and catcher Jorge Posada hit the first home run in the fifth inning.
APRIL 22, 2009: YANKEES 9, A'S 7
The Yankees record their first of 17 walk-off victories during the 2009 season when Melky Cabrera blasted a game-winning two-run homer in the bottom of the 14th inning. The A's and Yankees used a total of 14 pitchers in a game that finished just under five hours. Jose Veres earned the win by pitching the final 3.1 innings.
MAY 15-17, 2009: YANKEES VS. TWINS
In a series that was later dubbed "walk-off weekend," the Yankees found a way to beat the Twins each night in dramatic fashion. Melky Cabrera started with a walk-off single on Friday against closer Joe Nathan. The following day, Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run homer in the 11th, and on Sunday, Johnny Damon finished off the Twins by hitting a solo homer in the 10th inning.
JUNE 12, 2009: YANKEES 9, METS 8
The first Subway Series game at the new stadium would become a memorable one in a most unusual way. The lead changed hands six times before the Mets finally took an 8-7 lead into the ninth inning. Francisco Rodriguez came in for the save and quickly allowed two runners to get on. Alex Rodriguez came to bat with the game on the line and popped up to short right field. Second basemen Luis Castillo had a beat on it the whole time, but it bounced out of his glove and landed on the grass. Mark Teixeira scored the winning run from first base.
AUG. 7, 2009: YANKEES 2, RED SOX 0
The Red Sox took the first eight games from the Yankees in 2009. The Yankees still managed a 3.5 game lead in the AL East over their rivals. On this night in the Bronx, A.J. Burnett and Josh Beckett combined for 14 2/3 innings and only allowed five hits and no runs. The game went to extras, and five hours and 33 minutes after the first pitch of the game, Alex Rodriguez hit a two run walk-off blast in the bottom of the 15th.
SEPT. 11, 2009: ORIOLES 10, YANKEES 4
On a rainy night that included a pair of rain delays, Derek Jeter passed Lou Gehrig for the most hits in franchise history with 2,772. Baltimore's Chris Tillman gave up the third-inning single to right field.
OCT. 9, 2009: YANKEES 4, TWINS 3
After the Twins jumped out to a 3-1 lead heading into the ninth inning in Game 3 of the ALDS, Alex Rodriguez knocked a game-tying two-run homer. The game would get interesting in the top of the 11th inning when David Robertson escaped from a bases-loaded jam with nobody out. The Yankees got a little help that inning when the umpires ruled Joe Mauer's double down the line was a foul ball (it was fair by about three feet). In the bottom of the 11th, Teixeira smacked a solo home run that just cleared the wall to give the Yanks a 2-0 series lead.
OCT. 17, 2009: YANKEES 4, ANGELS 3
With the score tied at 2 in the 11th inning, Chone Figgins gave the Angels a lead with a base hit off Alfredo Aceves. In the bottom of that inning, Alex Rodriguez blasted Brian Fuentes' 0-2 offering into the right-field seats to tie the score. Two innings later, Jerry Hairston led off with a base hit and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Melky Cabrera then hit a ground ball toward second, but a Macier Izturis throwing error propelled the Yankees to victory. The Yankees
OCT. 29, 2009: YANKEES 3, PHILLIES 1
Following a World Series Game 1 loss to Cliff Lee at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees needed a big bounce-back win before three games in Philadelphia. The Yankees faced their old archenemy Pedro Martinez in Game 2. Before Martinez even tossed one pitch, "Who's your daddy?” chants could be heard echoing from a crowd of 50,181. Solo homers from Mark Teixeira and Hideki Matsui powered the Yankees over Martinez. A.J. Burnett picked up the victory in the first World Series win in the new house.
NOV. 4, 2009: YANKEES 7, PHILLIES 3
On this night the Yankees were back on top of baseball, clinching their 27th championship and first in nine seasos. Hideki Matsui went 3-for-4 with a home run and six RBIs on his way to being named the World Series MVP. Andy Pettitte picked up his third series-clinching win of the 2009 postseason.
MAY 17, 2010: YANKEES 11, RED SOX 9
The Yankees beat up on Daisuke Matsuzaka early, tagging him for seven runs in just 4 2/3 innings. But the Red Sox eventually took the lead withfive home runs. In the bottom of the ninth the Yanks trailed, 9-7, against closer Jonathan Papelbon. After a Brett Gardner double to lead off the inning, Alex Rodriguez homered to tie the score at 9. Francisco Cervelli was hit by a pitch next, and Marcus Thames bashed the game-winning homer.
JULY 16, 2010: YANKEES 5, RAYS 4
It was the first game back at Yankee Stadium after the passing of owner George Steinbrenner during the All-Star break. Before the game, Derek Jeter gave a speech as the team honored "The Boss" by placing flowers on home plate along with a video tribute to his life and winning legacy. Once the game began, Nick Swisher had three RBIs and the winning hit in the bottom of the ninth inning.
JULY 9, 2011: YANKEES 5, RAYS 4
Derek Jeter entered this game needing two more to become the first Yankee to reach 3,000 career hits. A first inning single set the stage for the third inning. Jeter homered to left field off David Price for his historic 3,000th hit. The Captain would finish the day 5-for-5 including the go-ahead single in the eighth..