Editors' pick: Originally published Sept. 1.
Call them the Baby Bombers.
The revamped, youth-infused New York Yankees have played surprisingly successful baseball over the past month and are within reach of a playoff spot. That seemed unlikely earlier this summer with New York winning only about as many games as it had lost, and with a roster that was creaky and seemingly dispirited.
Gone are Carlos Beltran, the team's best hitter, Aroldis Chapman, its fireballing reliever, to trades, and its aging star Alex Rodriquez to retirement. Younger players who started the season well down in the pecking order or in the minor leagues, including catcher Alex Sanchez, have led the team to 17 wins in its last 28 games and to within two-and-a-half games of the rival Baltimore Orioles for the second wild card position. Yet many tickets to see the Bronx Bombers over the final month of the season remain cheap.
The Yankees will welcome the Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox and Orioles to Yankee Stadium in September. The Yankees' Sept. 5 matchup with the Blue Jays will be a MasterCard $5 event, making it the cheapest remaining available this season. Fans pay $5 for certain seats, provided they use their MasterCard.
The Blue Jays series, which continues through Sept. 7, will feature two separate T-Shirt Nights, as well. Tickets are starting at $17 each.
The last-place Rays travel to the Bronx for a four-game series between Sept. 8 and 11. New York will hold several promotions, including a Yankees Peanuts Bobblehead and Dellin Betances Bobblehead Day. The first 18,000 fans in attendance will receive bobbleheads at each game. Tickets for the Rays will start at $17 each in the outfield bleachers.
The 6-foot-8 Betances, an all star this year, took over as the Yankees' closer when they traded Chapman to the Chicago Cubs.
The National League West-leading Dodgers hit Yankee Stadium for three games Sept. 12 to 14. The early-week series will be the final inter-league matchup of the regular season for the Yankees. The Yankees will give away knit caps and T-shirts during the Dodgers series.
With the Red Sox in the thick of the playoff hunt, their visit to Yankee Stadium in late September may be the most important remaining series for both squads. The rivalry is enough for any die-hard fan to make their way out to the Bronx, though tickets still start from just $17 in the outfield bleachers. Upper-level seating in the 400-level section starts at $21.
The Orioles will be the Yankees' final opponent of the regular season between Sept. 30 and Oct. 2. Tickets are listed at $17 throughout the series. On Oct. 1, the first 18,000 fans will receive a Roger Maris bobblehead presented by AT&T.
Sanchez has had the most remarkable and unexpected run among the Yankees' young players. In August, he reached 11 home runs faster than any player in Major League history. The 23-year-old Sanchez, a native of the Dominican Republic, started the season with the Yankees' highest minor league affiliate, Wilkes-Barre Scranton. He was called up by New York in May briefly and then again in August as the Yankees jettisoned older players. He hit his first Major League home run Aug. 10 and was the American League Player of the Week for the last two weeks of the month.
Pitcher Luis Cessa, infielder Ronald Torreyes and outfielders Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge have all contributed to the cause. None of these players are older than 24.