The New York Yankees took on the Oakland Athletics on their home turf on Monday. The Bombers’ offense finally found their mojo back as they collectively registered four home runs to seal the game by 7-2. While the win certainly served as a major confidence booster, it did not help the team bounce back from the last spot in the American League East Division table. Regardless, the team surely has something to look forward to this week.
Meanwhile, the Yankees have an age-old tradition wherein they invite special guests before the start of every home game to throw a ceremonial first pitch. Only after the ceremonial pitch is thrown the team resume their regular matchup. Over the years, the Yankees have invited a lot of high-end celebrities and other notable personnel who have graced the Yankee stadium with their presence. Yesterday was no different as the Bombers welcomed a special sporting guest.
F1 Driver Charles Leclerc Throws Ceremonial Pitch For The Yankees
Charles Leclerc is a popular driver in the sport of Formula One. The Monégasque drives for Scuderia Ferrari and recently made a trip to the USA for the Miami Grand Prix. While the race ended on Sunday, Leclerc flew all the way to New York to lend his support to the 27-time championship-winning team, the New York Yankees. He arrived in the Bronx before the game and interacted with a few of the Yankee players.
Later, Anthony Volpe, the Yankees top prospect, greeted Charles Leclerc and handed him a pinstripe jersey embedded with his name and number 16. The Ferrari driver immediately donned the jersey and threw the ceremonial pitch for the Yankees. Overall, Charles seemed to have enjoyed his time at the Yankee stadium as he looked in good spirits. He had a tough weekend in Miami due to underwhelming race results. But this heartwarming gesture by the Bombers surely wooed the Monégasque driver.
Bronx Bombers Crush A Miserable Athletics To Secure A Much-Needed Win
The New York Yankees are currently witnessing their worst slump of the season. With a record of 19-17, the team ranks last in the AL-East division. Amid the chaos, the series against a relatively weaker team, Oakland Athletics, came in as a blessing in disguise for the Yankees. The team had the perfect opportunity to set foot back in the tournament and did not let it slide. The offense scored four homers, including a two-run hit from underfire outfielder Aaron Hicks.
Nestor Cortes had a rough start and was pulled out after five innings with scores leveled. Manager Aaron Boone then summoned the bullpen depth to finish the job, and they did not disappoint. Ron Marinaccio, Ian Hamilton, and Nick Ramirez closed the game successfully without dealing with any further damage. Overall, it was a great and important outing for the Yankees and a much-needed one. The series will resume on Tuesday as the Bombers captain, Aaron Judge, will mark his much-awaited return after two weeks of an IL stint. Hence, the Bombers will start as favorites.