August 25, 2011
And-a-one, and-a-two, and-a-three: Slam.
No, it's not the return of legendary bandleader Laurence Welk — it's the New York Yankees' grand-slam offense.
As the New York area braced itself for hurricane weather, the Yankees whipped up a frenzy in the Bronx, setting a major-league record by hitting three grand slams in a 22-9 blowout of the Oakland Athletics on Thursday afternoon.
As legendary broadcaster Phil Rizzuto used to say: "Holy cow!" That other sound you hear is the trembling of other pitching staffs in the AL. That's the kind of figurative damage everyone figured the Yankees would do when GM Brian Cashman put the club together.
So, who's responsible for this mess?
Robinson Cano(notes) went deep against Rich Harden(notes) in the fifth inning, Russell Martin(notes) followed against Fautino De Los Santos(notes) in the sixth and Curtis Granderson(notes) made history against Bruce Billings(notes) in the eighth.
The Yankees came to bat an incredible 17 times with the bases loaded. Derek Jeter(notes) alone came up four times, making three outs and drawing a walk. That stat impressed manager Joe Girardi as much as anything:
"I don't know if I've ever heard of a stat of a guy being up four times with the bases loaded," Girardi said.
The Yankees actually were facing a three-game sweep when they trailed by six runs in the third inning. But Cano's slam got them within a run and Martin's put them ahead. In all, the Yankees pounded 22 hits with five homers, including two by Martin — who went 5 for 5. They also drew 13 walks.
The last time the Yankees even hit two slams in a game? 1999, when Bernie Williams and Paul O'Neill did it. Another deep offensive team.
It's not like the Yankees will hit three grand slams in a game any time soon, but the threat is there. Folks around the league are aware. And they're probably a little scared.
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