The Year of the Grand Slam continues in win over Blue Jays

July 4th Eve DotF
Thames activate, Huffman optioned to Triple-A
"Your name's Ver-non, clap clap clapclapclap" (Photo Credit: Frank Franklin II, AP)

Seriously, who saw that coming from Brett Gardner? So awesome, 2010 really is The Year of the Grand Slam. That makes eight now. Eight! On July 3rd! It was like a big offensive weight lifted off everyone’s shoulders too. The Yankees had just a two run lead at the time, which is far from a sure thing give how many innings were left and how the bullpen has performed. So yeah, it was good to have a comfortable lead for once.

Some other random thoughts and notes…

  • Moment that is sure to be forgotten: Chad Huffman’s diving/flopping catch in the 1st. If that drops in, two runs score and the Yankees are suddenly looking at a four run deficit before they even come to bat. The game would have had a very different feel then.
  • Derek Jeter drew three walks (in the first three innings, no less), giving him 11 walks in his last 11 games and 22 in the team’s last 40 games. He has just nine walks in their first 40 games.
  • Alex Rodriguez sure is good at getting the opposition to drop routine pop ups, eh? In all seriousness, that’s what Cito Gaston gets for playing John McDonald, a career infielder, in leftfield. The guy had his flip-down shades on, but didn’t flip them down!
  • I only saw Dustin Moseley’s first inning of work, but it was hard not to be impressed. Five total pitches, one strikeout, two broken bat ground outs.
  • Apparently Jorge Posada played an inning at first, and wasn’t tested at all. Chad Huffman has played a ton of first in the minors, but I guess Joe Girardi really wanted to give Curtis Granderson that inning of rest. That’s fine, I just wish I could have seen Posada at first.
July 4th Eve DotF
Thames activate, Huffman optioned to Triple-A
  • Dela G

    great win

  • Pat D

    Momentum for tomorrow!


  • ultimate913

    It seems like the grand slams are taking the place of last years walk-offs. So here is who I believe is left to hit one(of the starters):


    Wow. Is that really it or am I missing someone?

    • bexarama

      Cano hit one against Cleveland. So… Jeter and Swisher are the only regulars, I think. Whoah.

    • DJH

      Cano already has a slam.

      • ultimate913

        Yup. See above.

    • VO

      Jeter is going to hit a walk-off grand slam to kill two birds with one stone.

    • bexarama

      Also Nick Johnson (RIP)

      • ultimate913

        I’ll expect one out of him when the Mets get one out of Bobby Bonilla.

  • JGS

    Number of career grand slams for Brett Gardner = number of career grand slams for Derek Jeter

    This was Gardner’s 7th career home run. I am amused.

  • Joe

    It wold be interesting to see Jeter react to the pie in the face.

  • darl

    I just want to point out an earlier RAB thread from January.

    WTG Brett

  • dr mrs the yankee

    Jorge’s play first here and there over the years but I confess I have no real memories of his time there. I just know it’s happened and that I’ve seen it happen.

    • Jimmy

      When he hurt his shoulder 2 years ago. Couple of times last year.

      • Mattchu12

        And it was like watching a fish out of water. My mind kept going “where’s his catching gear?” and then realizing he was at first base, which was quickly followed by “where’s his catching gear?”

  • Cecala

    Before the game I was thinking it would be a nice day for Gardner to hit a HR like how I did the last time when he did hit the HR but I wasnt on RAB as I was in my pool. I wish I commented it today so I can be 2/2 =/.

  • Pete

    Also worth noting: John McDonald is, IIRC, an extreeeemely good defensive SS. Though admittedly so is Alex Gonzalez

    • Rick in Boston

      Wasn’t McDonald playing third during the infamous “Hah!” play in Toronto?

  • Jake H

    Great win. Hopefully this jump starts the offense. I am liking Jeter and the walks. That is a great sign.

  • Andrew

    i was at the game and jesus the place just erupted after gardy hit the grand slam. it was awesome.