The day was September 5, 1995.
Cal Ripken Jr. tied Lou Gehrig’s record for most consecutive games played without a day off at 2,130.
Bill Clinton was President of the United States. The Country was enthralled by the midst of the O.J. Simpson trial.
And the New York Yankees lost a game to the Seattle Mariners 6-5 at Yankee Stadium. Their record at the time was 60-61.
A lot has happened both to the Yankees and around the world since that day. So much so, we could write an encyclopedia.
But one thing connects the days is this: The Yankees lost to the Atlanta Braves last night, August 16, 2023, by the score of 2-0, suffering a sweep at the hands of the best team in baseball, and dropping to 60-61 on the year.
It is the latest in a season the Yankees have been under .500 since the aforementioned September 5, 1995.
“We’ve got a quarter of the season left. We got to keep working and figure it out,” Manager Aaron Boone said.
Aaron Boone: "The game is still littered with examples of teams going on unlikely runs... We've got to continue to work and fight and compete." pic.twitter.com/LeN5fQ59UG— YES Network (@YESNetwork) August 17, 2023
The Yankees offensive woes continued Wednesday. The Bombers managed only four hits, all of them singles, and were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. They left five men on base.
All the Braves needed was a two-run homer by Eddie Rosario to put Atlanta in front for good in the second inning.
On the bump, Charlie Morton dominated the Yankees. He struck out ten batters over six shutout innings.
New York has now lost five straight, and nine of its last 11 games. If the Yankees are going to turn things around, they are going to have to do so quickly. The Boston Red Sox come into town on Friday. Then, after hosting the Nationals next week, the Yankees embark on a long road trip that includes stops in Tampa Bay and Houston.
In short, it could get even uglier, fast for the Bronx Bombers.