San Francisco Giants Travis Ishikawa, center, reacts after

Yes, that was former Yankee Travis Ishikawa sending the Giants to the World Series with his walk-off home run in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cardinals.

Don’t remember his time in pinstripes? You’re likely not alone.

The Yankees acquired Ishikawa, now 31, off waivers from the Orioles on July 7, 2013, a move that corresponded with the club transferring Kevin Youkilis (who also had a less-than-memorable stint with the Yankees) to the 60-day disabled list.

Ishikawa, designated for assignment by the Orioles one week earlier, found himself in the Yankees’ starting lineup in a July 8 game against the Royals after taking a red-eye flight from his Bay Area home the night before.

“I’m at a loss for words right now,” the first baseman said before that game. “I’m just really excited to get out there.”

When he did a few hours later, it was not notable; he went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. He did not play again for the Yankees and was DFA’d on July 11. He signed with the White Sox five days later.

Ishikawa started this season with the Pirates before signing a minor-league deal with the Giants on April 25.


It’s been a while.  It has been a “Very Lovely” ending to a putrid Yankee season.  What a Super Stud lineup the Yankees have.  Clueless Hal has apologized.  What does the Half-Wit do, he rehires Genius Cashman.  The idiot responsible for the empty Yankees’ Farm System.  Lots of Garbage Heap players on the way.  The Genius is in love with “Junior” Gardner.  Junior, got hurt for the third time in the past four years.  He managed to hit just .255 and strike out 134 times.   Junior will not steal unless the air smells like lavender.  The other wonderful team, SOJ, which stands for SAME OLD JETS, are just that.  Doofus Woody Johnson runs a freak show.  They will blame it on Rex, not The IDZIC-IDIOT.  Hey Woody, keep hiring those Capologists to run your team.  EDB