Memorable Yankee playoff moments
Remember when. . .? Yes, we do. And now so can you. Here are some of our favorite postseason moments in Yankees history.
2012: RAUL IBANEZ'S 2 HOME RUNS | Oct. 10 -- ALDS Game 3
Raul Ibanez pinch-hit for the struggling Alex Rodriguez in the bottom of the ninth and homered off Orioles closer Jim Johnson to tie the score at 2. Then, in the 12th, Ibanez homered again for the 3-2 win. He saw a total of three pitches in his two at-bats as he set three postseason records: oldest player (40) to hit a walkoff homer, first to hit 2 homers in a game he didn't start and first to hit tying homer in ninth and walkoff homer later.
2009: GODZILLA CARRIES YANKS TO TITLE
Nov. 4, 2009 - World Series Game 6
Hideki Matsui punctuated his World Series MVP performance for the Yankees with three key hits in the clinching Game 6. He hit a two-run home run off Pedro Martinez to open the scoring, then lined a bases-loaded, two-run single off Martinez to make it 4-1 in the third. He capped his 6-RBI night with a two-run double in the fifth to make it 7-1. It was his last game as a Yankee; Matsui signed with the Angels the following winter.
2009: A-ROD'S BIGGEST A-BOMB
Oct. 17, 2009 - ALCS Game 2
In a redemptive postseason for Alex Rodriguez, this was the biggest highlight. With the Yankees trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the 11th at rainy Yankee Stadium, Alex Rodriguez tied the game with a leadoff home run off Angels closer Brian Fuentes. The Yankees went on to win in 13 innings -- and take a 2-0 series lead -- when Macier Izturis' throwing error allowed Jerry Hairston Jr. to score.
2009: PIE FOR THE BIG GUY | Oct. 9, 2009 - ALDS Game 2
In his first Yankees postseason series, some wondered how Mark Teixeira would perform. After an 0-for-4 in Game 1, Teixeira answered his doubters with a leadoff, walkoff home run to beat the Twins in the bottom of the 11th. The victory gave the Yanks a 2-0 lead in the ALDS, which they would sweep. In textbook '09 Yankees fashion, A.J. Burnett nailed a jubilant Tex with a shaving-cream pie after the win.
2007: THE MIDGES SWAT JOBA
Oct. 5, 2007 - ALDS Game 2
With the Yankees leading 1-0 in the eighth inning at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, they tapped rookie setup man Joba Chamberlain, who had been dominant all year long. Then things took a turn for the bizarre.
Thousands of tiny flying insects called midges, which breed on nearby Lake Erie, descended upon the mound and swarmed near Joba's head. A visibly agitated Chamberlain threw two wild pitches and surrendered the tying run. The Indians went on to win the game, and eventually, the series.
2004: YANKEES MASH THE SOX
Oct. 16, 2004 - ALCS Game 3
It was remembered as the longest nine-inning game in postseason history and set a record for most hits in a game. The Yankees won, 19-8, to take a 3-0 series lead. However, it would be the last game the Yankees would win as the Red Sox swept the next four games to advance to the World Series.
2003: AARON BOONE'S DRAMATIC SERIES-WINNER
Oct. 16, 2003 - ALCS Game 7
The final game of an epic series ended in the most dramatic way possible, when the Yankees' Aaron Boone crushed a Tim Wakefield pitch into the left field seats to send the Yankees to the World Series. The Yankees had trailed 4-0 in the game and had to rally against Pedro Martinez to force extra innings.
2003: PEDRO TOSSES DON ZIMMER
Oct. 11, 2003 - ALCS Game 3
After a series of brushback pitches by Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez and Yankees starter Roger Clemens, tensions boiled over and the benches cleared. Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer charged at Martinez, who threw the 72-year-old to the ground. Following the brawl, the Yankees went on to win, 4-3, at Fenway.
2001: GONZALEZ'S WALKOFF WORLD SERIES WINNER
Nov. 4, 2001 - World Series Game 7
Leading 2-1 in the bottom of the eight, the Yankees sent out Mariano Rivera to get the final six outs. After striking out the side in the eighth, Rivera suffers a rare lapse, allowing a single and throwing away a double play ball for an error. It would prove costly, as the Diamondbacks rallied to tie the game, and D-Backs slugger Luis Gonzalez won it with a bloop single to drive in the winning run off Rivera.
2001: ANOTHER WALK-OFF WIN
Nov. 1, 2001 - World Series Game 5
For the second straight day, the Yankees are down to their last out and trailing by two runs. This time, Scott Brosius victimizes Diamondbacks closer Byung-Hyun Kim for a game-tying two-run homer. The Yankees go on to win the game, 3-2, in 12 innings to take a 3-2 series lead.
2001: 'MR. NOVEMBER'
Oct. 31, 2001 - World Series Game 4
Derek Jeter earned himself a new nickname, thanks to his heroics in the early morning hours of Nov. 1. His walkoff home run off Diamondbacks closer Byung-Hyun Kim in the bottom of the 10th pulls the Yankes into a 2-2 tie in the World Series.
2001: JETER'S DIVE INTO THE STANDS
Oct. 15, 2001 - ALDS Game 5
In the eighth inning of the deciding game of the ALDS, Derek Jeter leaped into the front row of the stands to catch a foul ball by Oakland's Terrence Long. The gutsy play helps the Yankees hold on to a 5-3 lead and advance to the ALCS and, eventually, the World Series.
2001: 'THE FLIP PLAY'
Oct. 13, 2001 - ALDS Game 3
In a tight American League Division Series, the three-time defending champion Yankees led Oakland 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh. After a Jeremy Giambi single, Oakland's Terrence Long cracked a double to right field and Giambi attempted to score the tying run. The throw by Yankees rightfielder Shane Spencer missed both cutoff men, but Derek Jeter hustled over to the first base line, picked up the errant throw and backhand flipped it to catcher Jorge Posada, who tagged a stunned Giambi. The Yankees held on to win, 1-0.
2000: YANKEES WIN SUBWAY SERIES
Oct. 26, 2000 - World Series Game 5
In a fantastic pitchers' duel between Andy Pettitte and the Mets' Al Leiter, the Yankees break a 2-2 tie in the ninth on Luis Sojo's seeing-eye single up the middle. Leading by two in the ninth, the Yankees turn it over to Mariano Rivera, who survives a game-tying home run bid by Mike Piazza that falls just short of the warning track to win the first Subway Series in 44 years.
2000: JUSTICE'S HOMER SENDS MARINERS HOME
Oct. 17, 2000 - ALCS Game 6
The Yankees trailed Seattle 4-3 in the seventh inning until David Justice capped off a six-run inning with a huge three-run home run. The clinching game sent the Yankees into the World Series, where they faced the Mets.
1998: BROSIUS HOMERS OFF HOFFMAN
Oct. 20, 1998 - World Series Game 3
The Yankees' efforts to put the Padres in a 3-0 World Series hole hit a speed bump when San Diego went up by three after six innings. But the Yankees scored twice in the seventh, forcing San Diego to bring in star closer Trevor Hoffman. With two men on in the eighth, Scott Brosius crushed Hoffman's 2-2 pitch for a go-ahead homer, and the Yankees went on to sweep the series.
1998: TINO'S GRAND SLAM
Oct. 17, 1998 - World Series Game 1
Trailing 5-2 in the seventh inning, the Yankees got a lift from Chuck Knoblauch, who hit a three-run homer to tie the game. Later in the inning, Tino Martinez launched a grand slam off Mark Langston to put the Yankees ahead for good.
1996: LEYRITZ'S MOMENTUM-CHANGING HOME RUN
Oct. 23, 1996 - World Series Game 4
After falling into a 2-0 hole to the Braves, the Yankees won Game 3 in Atlanta, but fell behind 6-0 in Game 4. Things looked bleak until the Yankees scored three runs in sixth to make it interesting. In the top of the eighth, the Yankees were still down three when Jim Leyritz came up against Braves closer Mark Wohlers with two runners on. He blasted a 2-and-2 pitch to left to tie the game. The Yankees went on to win the game in the 11th. The momentum shifted, and the Yankees went on to win their first World Series in 18 years.
1996: THE JEFFREY MAIER PLAY
Oct. 9, 1996 - ALCS Game 1
In the annals of fan-involvement plays, this is the most famous in Yankees history. With the Yankees down 5-4 in the bottom of the eighth, Derek Jeter hit a long fly ball that Baltimore's Tony Tarasco lined up near the right field wall. He appeared set to make a terrific catch. But instead, 12-year-old Yankees fan Jeffrey Maier reached over the wall and snatched the ball -- a clear case of fan interference. Fortunately for Jeter and the Yankees, umpire Rich Garcia didn't see it that way, and he called the play a home run. The Yankees went on to win in the 11th on Bernie Williams' walkoff home run.
1978: THURMAN MUNSON'S 460-FOOT BOMB
Oct. 6, 1978 - ALCS Game 3
The Royals' George Brett hit three solo home runs in this game, but it wasn't enough. That's because Thurman Munson did some mashing of his own. The Yankee captain hit a mammoth 460-foot, two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth off Doug Bird to overcome a 5-4 Royals lead and help the Yankees take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five ALCS.
1978: BUCKY DENT BEATS THE GREEN MONSTER
Oct. 2, 1978 - One-game AL East playoff
In 1978, the Yankees and Red Sox needed a 163rd game to decide the AL East. Fenway Park in Boston was the perfect setting for Bucky Dent's memorable three-run home run in the seventh inning, which barely cleared the Green Monster in left and erased a 2-0 Sox lead. Reggie Jackson would add a homer later on and the Yankees earned a spot in the ALCS against Kansas City.
1977: MR. OCTOBER IS BORN
Oct. 18, 1977 - World Series Game 6
Reggie Jackson showed everyone why the Yankees gave him a big contract in the offseason, delivering perhaps the greatest individual performance in Yankees postseason history. His three home runs, each off different Dodgers pitchers, led the Yankees to a series-clinching 8-4 win in Game 6 of World Series, forever earning him the nickname, "Mr. October."
1976: CHRIS CHAMBLISS BEATS THE ROYALS
Oct. 14, 1976 - ALCS Game 5
In the fifth and deciding game of the ALCS, Chris Chambliss put a permanent stamp on a series in which he batted .524. He cracked a first-pitch, walkoff home run against Kansas City's Mark Littell in the ninth to put the Yankees into the World Series. Jubilant Yankees rushed the field and prevented Chambliss from rounding the bases. But the home run stood and the Yankees went on to meet the Reds in the Fall Classic.
1963: SANDY KOUFAX OUTDUELS WHITEY FORD
Oct. 6, 1963 - World Series Game 4
Four days after striking out a then-record 15 Yankees in Game 1, L.A. Dodgers starter Sandy Koufax shut down the Yankees again in Game 4, a 2-1 Dodgers win. His only blemish was a seventh-inning, game-tying home run by Mickey Mantle, which was quickly erased in the bottom of the seventh by Willie Davis' sacrifice fly. The Yankees never led in the series and Koufax was named the MVP.
1956: DON LARSEN'S PERFECT GAME
Oct. 8, 1956- World Series Game 5
In Game 5 of the Yankees-Brookyln Dodgers Subway Series, Don Larsen threw what remains the only perfect game in postseason history. (It was the only no-hitter in postseason history until the Phillies' Roy Halladay no-hit the Reds in the 2010 NLDS). Larsen completed the feat despite reports that his teammates, fearful of breaking the "no-hit jinx," would not talk to him in the dugout during the last few innings. The Yankees went on to beat the Dodgers in seven games.
1950: VIC RASCHI'S GEM
Oct. 4, 1950 - World Series Game 1
In Game 1 of the World Series against the Phillies at Shibe Park in Philly, Vic Raschi pitched one of the most impressive games in postseason history. Raschi shut out the Phillies, allowing only two hits in a 1-0 victory. The Yankees swept the series and won their second straight championship. They went on to win three more in a row from 1951-53.
1941: MICKEY OWEN DROPS THE THIRD STRIKE
Oct. 5, 1941 - World Series Game 4
In the first World Series between the Yankees and Dodgers, Brooklyn fans got a taste of the disappointment they'd feel in all but one of their seven meetings in the Fall Classic.
With the Dodgers looking to even the series at two games apiece, they led the Yankees 4-3 in the ninth inning. Reliever Hugh Casey got the first two Yankees to ground out, then struck out Tommy Heinrich for what should have been the final out. But Dodgers catcher Mickey Owen couldn't corral the pitch, and Heinrich reached base, opening the door for a four-run rally that helped the Yankees win the game, 7-4. They won the World Series two days later.
1932: "THE CALLED SHOT"
Oct. 1, 1932 - World Series Game 3
In Ruth's tenth and final World Series appearance, he made perhaps his most indellible mark on baseball culture. According to legend, Ruth pointed to the left field bleachers at Wrigley Field before launching a home run to that very spot in a 7-5 Yankees win. Historians have debated the veracity of this incident; some say Ruth (shown above crossing home plate after the home run in question) was pointing at the Cubs' pitcher, not the stands. Whether it's true or not, it sure makes for a great story.
1923: NEW STADIUM, FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP
Oct. 10, 1923 - World Series Game 1
In the first World Series game played at Yankee Stadium, the hated New York Giants prevailed, 5-4. But the Yankees fought back to win the series in six games, earning them their first World Championship. It was a fitting way to end the season, which began with the Yankees opening the brand-new Yankee Stadium at 161st St. and River Ave.
Above: Fans wait in line outside of Yankee Stadium to buy tickets for Game 1 of the 1923 World Series.
1921: FIRST WORLD SERIES APPEARANCE
Oct. 5, 1921 - World Series Game 1
After earning their first trip to the World Series, the Yankees didn't have to travel far. In fact, they played all eight games of their best-of-nine series with the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds, which they shared with the Giants from 1913-22. The Giants prevailed, rallying from a 3-1 series deficit after Babe Ruth suffered a serious injury in Game 4. Since then, the Yankees have appeared in 40 World Series, winning 27 of them.
Above: The Yankees' Mike McNally steals home in the fifth inning of Game 1 of the 1921 World Series at the Polo Grounds