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Serving up slams daily
2008-08-04 21:25
by Bob Timmermann

On Sunday, Edwar Ramirez of the Yankees gave up a grand slam homer to Mark Teixeira of the Angels, although the Yankees would win the game 14-9.

Tonight, Damaso Marte of the Yankees gave up a game-ending grand slam homer to Marlon Byrd of the Rangers that gave Texas a 9-5 win.

That was the first time since August 31 and September 1, 1990 when Yankee pitchers gave up slams in consecutive games.

On August 31, 1990, Luis Rivera of Boston hit a slam against Jeff Robinson. The next day, Mike Greenwell hit an inside-the-park grand slam against Greg Cadaret.

I warn Yankee fans that the boxscore for the September 1 game is not for the squeamish.

2008-08-04 21:44:38
1.   Greg Brock
Man, those early 1990's Yankees teams were awesome. Cadaret! Nokes! Cerone!

Let's go back to those days.

2008-08-05 00:00:34
2.   Jen
Coincidentally, new Rangers pitching coach Andy Hawkins got the L in that September 1 game. I guess those that can't do, teach.
2008-08-05 01:04:59
3.   Cliff Corcoran
Congrats, Bob, I think you've pinpointed the game in which the Mattingly-era Yankees hit absolute rock bottom.

I used to think of those Stump Merrill-era teams as wonderfully awful the way we once thought of mutton chop sideburns and bell bottoms as such before they came back into style. Looking at that 9/1 box score, however, I suddenly find myself unable to laugh.

At the same time, I'm half tempted to turn that box score into a T-shirt, with something like either "Bandwagon Police" or "George Built This, Too" on the back.

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