An ugly event occurred in the Bronx on May 19, 1998, as (at the time) Orioles reliever Armando Benitez drilled Tino Martinez in the back for the crime of being the on-deck batter after Bernie Williams humiliated him by blasting an upper-deck, game-changing three-run homer in a 9-5 New York Yankees victory.
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The Oâ€™s, behind lefty Doug Johns, had jumped to a 5-1 lead over David Cone and the Yanks on Harold Bainesâ€˜s three rbiâ€™s. But seventh-inning rbi hits by Paul Oâ€™Neill and Tim Raines off Sidney Ponson tightened things a bit, and Ponson, Alan Mills, Norm Charlton, and Benitez failed to stop the Bombers in the eighth.
Stadium rage was somewhat mollified when Tim Raines followed Benitezâ€™s cowardly throw by blasting a two-run shot off ex-Yankee Bobby Munoz to close the scoring.
Yankee May 19 birthdays feature 10-year Yankee infielder Gil McDougald (1928), one of the fold who played for the Bronx-based team only. Gil was the 1951 AL Rookie of the Year, and stroked 112 homers with 576 rbiâ€™s and 45 stolen bases for the Yanks from 1951-1960.
Also, fan favorite and three-time Yankee catcher Rick Cerone (1954) arrived in the Bronx to replace the late Thurman Munson in a November 1979 trade with Toronto. Rick contributed 31 dingers and 203 rbiâ€™s overall to the New York cause. His 14-tater, 85-rbi 1980 season was his best. From fan fave to fan pariah Ed Whitson (1954), whose time with the Bombers in 1985 and 1986 was worse than his 15-10 record would seem to indicate.