‘Tis the season to remember some of the memorable gifts the New York Yankees have given their fans over the years.
December 25 is nearly here, and that means you’ve probably been tired of hearing Christmas music for about a month now. Well, I’m here to pile on, but with a pleasant New York Yankees twist.
On the first day of Christmas 2017, the New York Yankees gave to us Giancarlo Stanton. This year, to save fans from tears after signing only J.A. Happ, the Bombers might throw a Manny Machado-shaped present under the tree.
Whether or not these acquisitions are good gifts is debatable. After all, Stanton came with a giant bill, 211 strikeouts and a sadly symmetrical .222/.222/.222 ALDS slash line; Machado is incredibly talented, but batteries are not included with him.
The gift Yankees fans really want to open is a 28th championship, but unless you have a time machine to go back and a banana peel to plant in front of Red Sox third baseman Eduardo Nunez, that’s not happening.
But now is not the time to spiral. Don’t let pinstripe pessimism ruin your holiday season. Instead, spike your eggnog extra hard, sit back, and let’s go through 12 days of New York Yankees Christmas.
On the first day of Christmas, the Yankees gave to us a rivalry since 1918
Everyone knows the story. The Red Sox won the World Series in 1918, traded Babe Ruth to the Bombers, and then went 86 glorious years without another title.
The Curse of the Bambino was sadly lifted in 2004 when Boston finally won again, but the rivalry is still as strong as ever. I’d go so far as to say that if you haven’t dreamed of a 0-162 Red Sox season, you might not be a true Yankees fan.
On the second day of Christmas, the Yankees gave to us two home run kings
That Babe Ruth guy the Red Sox gave to the Yankees turned out to be quite the power hitter. His record of 60 home runs in 1927 stood for 33 years. Then, another Bronx Bomber, Roger Maris, came along and broke Ruth’s record when he hit 61 dingers in 1961.
Of course, the home run record has since fallen, first to Mark McGwire and most recently to Barry Bonds. But they had a little help from a dirty little Christmas elf named HGH.
On the third day of Christmas, the Yankees gave to us three perfect games
Don Larsen tossed the first perfect game for the Yankees in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. It’s the only perfect game ever thrown in a playoff contest.
Then, of course, David Wells and David Cone threw perfect games in back-to-back years. Wells pitched his against the Minnesota Twins in 1998, and Cone did it against the Montreal Expos in 1999.
All three of the Bombers’ perfect games came at Yankee Stadium. Mike Mussina came within one out of what would have been a perfect perfect game at Fenway Park against the Red Sox in 2001, a memory that haunts me to this day.