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#40 Greatest HR in Yankee History

October 15, 2012

Granderson celebrates his grand slam, the 3rd of the day (Getty)

Curtis Granderson | 3rd Grand Slam of the day | vs. Oakland Athletics | 8/25/2011

Phil Hughes was slumped in the dugout.

In just 2.2 innings the A’s had roughed him up for 7 hits and 6 earned runs and by the end of the 3rd the Yanks were in a 7-1 hole.  A solo home run from Russell Martin in the 4th didn’t make that deficit look much better.  The A’s and the 46,369 in attendance could not have known it at the time, but a fuse was burning down, that would end in an offensive explosion of historic proportions.

In the bottom of the 5th, with the Yankees still trailing by 5 runs, a wave slowly began to crest.  Jeter led off with a single, Granderson walked, and Alex Rodriguez singled after a Mark Teixeira strikeout.  Robinson Cano stepped between the chalk with 3 ducks on the pond and on an 0-1 pitch launched a home run into the seats in right field to cut the Oakland lead to 7-6.  One inning later, lightning struck twice.

Granderson reached on a hit by pitch, A-Rod walked, and Nick Swisher was intentionally walked with 2 outs.  Martin dug in and awaited the pitch from Fautino De Los Santos.  On a 1-1 pitch the Yankee catcher went yard again, this time finding the seats on an opposite field line drive that vaulted the Bombers into a 10-7 lead.  Back-to-back 4-run innings showed off the Yankee muscle, but incredibly, it was only a taste of things to come.

The Yanks put together 6-run innings in both the 7th and the 8th, ensuring they were not bit by the comeback bug, while also accomplishing something that had never been done in 143 seasons of Major League baseball.  In the 8th with Brett Gardner, Martin, and Eduardo Nunez occupying the base paths, Granderson settled into the box and on a 1-2 pitch crushed a historic shot to deep right-center for an inconceivable 3rd grand slam of the afternoon.  One batter later Andruw Jones put the exclamation point on a 22-9 victory with the 5th Yankee homer of the day.

I’m surprised it hadn’t been done before with all the great teams and great individual hitters that have come throughout the course of the game.

| Curtis Granderson |

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