The Bronx Bombers entered the postseason in style Thursday night.
The Yankees collected their 10,000th win in a 4-1 victory over their rivals to win a wild-card berth. CC Sabathia held the Boston Red Sox to one run over five innings to pick up his sixth win on the season. Carlos Beltran, Robert Refsnyder, and Greg Bird homered for the home team in the milestone victory.
They face either the Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers, or the Los Angeles Angels next Tuesday in the Bronx.
The Yankees held an eight-game lead in the AL East on July 29th. But they blew their advantage to lose the division to the Toronto Blue Jays, who clinched Wednesday night in a win over the Baltimore Orioles. The Blue Jays stand as their likely opponent should they win the play-in game.
The wild-card represents the first postseason play by the Yankees since 2012. Joe Girardi, veteran of playoff success in pinstripes as both a manager and player, reflected on the Yankees reigniting their winning tradition.
“We’ll never forget what Derek [Jeter] did for this organization,” Girardi explained to the press after the game about the team transitioning in 2015 after the shortstop’s retirement. “But you have to move on. Yogi retired. Mickey Mantle retired and Joe D retired—all these guys, they were great players, but the Yankees continued to win.”