The actual baseball game didn’t seem to matter for one night. About midway , through, the baseball world learned the beloved Don Zimmer had died — right around the time of Yoenis Cespedes‘ second home run of the night.
Zimmer, 83, was part of those magical late 1990s teams. He was New York’s bench coach from 1996-2003, but also had stints with the Yankees in 1983 and 1986. Zimmer was brash, funny and was a wonderful baseball lifer.
One wonders what he would think of the current state of the Yankees. The A’s scored seven unanswered runs on Wednesday, beating New York 7-4.
New York pitching gave up three home runs, the last coming in the seventh inning by Josh Donaldson off Yankees reliever Jose Ramirez, who made his MLB debut. Donaldson smashed a 95-mph fastball that missed its spot.
Trailing by four runs early, the A’s gradually worked back. Cespedes started the comeback with the first of two solo home runs in the fourth to make it 4-1. Oakland plated another run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly. Cespedes homered again in the sixth and Oakland completed the comeback with a sac fly later that inning to tie it 4-all.
In the third, the Yankees put a rally together. Derek Jeter broke a 0-for-12 hitless streak with an RBI infield single. With two on, Jacoby Ellsbury came up next and hit a three-run home run to make it 4-0.
Rather than think about the Yankees fourth straight loss, let’s hear some of your Don Zimmer memories.