The Yankees are known for their dramatic come from behind victories, but which were their five best ones from the past decade?
The 2010’s was the worst decade in New York Yankees history, marking the first time in the live-ball era (post 1920) that they failed to reach the World Series. The team still saw their fare share of success, however, making the playoffs seven times – the most of any American League East team during that period. Let’s take a look back at some of these successes, highlighting the best comebacks of the decade.
5. April 28, 2017 – “The Yankees come allllll the way back!”
It was a sign of things to come for the 2017 Yankees. On this night, they rallied back down eight runs in the sixth to win 14-11. Aaron Judge homered twice, Jacoby Ellsbury hit a grand slam and Starlin Castro hit a game-tying, two-run blast as part of a three run ninth.
With runners on first and second in the home half of the tenth, Matt Holiday sent a towering fly ball into the Yankee bullpen, putting a bow on this classic.
4. October 3, 2017 – A Wild Night in the Bronx
Things looked bleak for the Yanks in the first. Brian Dozier led off with a solo shot and Eddie Rosario followed with a two-run jack, knocking out ace Luis Severino with just one out in the first.
Enter Didi Gregorius who answered back with a game-tying three run shot off Ervin Santana, tying the game. In the second, Gardner planted one in right, giving the Yanks their first lead of the night, 4-3.
After a fielder’s choice tied it in the third, Greg Bird swooped in and took the lead back in the home half on RBI single to right, driving in Gary Sanchez to put the Yanks ahead 5-4. And in the fourth, Judge sent one just over the wall in left, rounding first base with scream as he put the Yanks ahead for good.
3. April 21, 2012 – The Comeback at Fenway
Trailing 9-0 with two outs in the top of the sixth, the game was over. No way Joe keeps his starters in. It’s only April, right? Wrong. What followed would be the greatest Yankee comeback of the decade.
It innocently started with a solo shot by Mark Texiera. Two bloops, a walk to Jeter and a blast by Nick Swisher made it 9-5. Cano doubled, A-Rod singled before Tex struck again with a three-run shot to close the gap to 9-8 entering the eighth.
Back to back walks led off the Yanks half of the inning before Swishalicious sent a two-run double to dead center, giving the Yankees their first lead, 10-9. They would score five more in the inning, closing out a 15-9 victory to a showering of boos. I just wish I hadn’t turned off the TV.
2. October 17, 2017 – ALCS Game 3, “One of the greatest rallies I’ve ever seen!”
Just nine outs away from falling behind the Astros three games to one in the ALCS, that 2017 club channeled some of their magic.
Judge got the ball rolling with a solo shot to center in the seventh. In the eighth Sanchez and Gardner drove in runs on sacrifices before Judge doubled off the wall in left, tying the game at four.
In the words of Judge, the stadium came “alive” on a Sanchez two-run double off Ken Giles, putting the Yanks up 6-4 and setting up Chapman to slam the door.
1. October 5, 2017 – October 8, 2017 – Yanks Outlast Indians in ALDS
Following Joe Girardi’s non-challenge of the Lonnie Chisenhall “hit by pitch” in game two of the ALDS, the Bombers found themselves on the brink of elimination, down 2-0 in the best of five matchup against the Indians.
In a playoff game that lasted just over 3 hours and 15 minute, only one run was scored. The “Birdman of New York,” was responsible, sending a moon shot into the second deck in right off of his former teammate Andrew Miller.
That single run would prove fatal for the Indians, who would drop the game 1-0 thanks to another masterful playoff start by Masahiro Tanaka. Masa San went seven scoreless, allowing just three hits with seven punch-outs.
In game four a solid start by Severino kept the Indians at bay. He went seven innings allowing just three runs with nine strikeouts. The Yanks were able to take advantage of four Indian errors, riding six unearned runs to a 7-3 victory that brought the series back to Cleveland.
Gregorius got the Bombers started with back-to-back jacks off Corey Kluber in the first and third to make it 3-0 New York in the blink of an eye. That would be all they needed as they closed out a 5-2 victory, advancing to the ALCS where they would fall to Houston in seven games.