Five years ago Thursday, Donald Trump went to a Yankee game.
It was the postseason, and the Yankees (95-67) were facing the Baltimore Orioles (93-69) in a best-of-five series to advance to the American League Championship Series. On Oct. 12, the series was tied 2 to 2, but the Yankees — whether they knew it or not — were about to get an unexpected boost.
And sure enough, in front of 47,081 people at Yankee Stadium, the Yanks won.
Most would probably credit C.C. Sabathia with the victory, pitching seven scoreless innings and giving up only three hits. Trump, though, reminded his Twitter followers that the credit should be shared.
The Yankees advanced. They dropped the first game of their series against the Detroit Tigers, prompting Trump to assure people that he wasn’t there when it happened. He doesn’t appear to have gone to any of the games in that series — and the Yankees got swept.
(Full disclosure: It is good any time the Yankees lose, and if you disagree, you are wrong.)
On Friday, the Yankees begin another league championship series, this time against the Astros. The Yankees are atypically underdogs this October, having escaped close calls against both the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians already. So we wondered: Would an appearance by now-President Trump at the games in the series help ensure a victory as it did in 2012?
As is sometimes the case with Trump’s tweet’s, his claims don’t hold up. We identified 14 games that Trump has attended since 1988, including two preseason games and the game above. Of those 14 games, the Yankees won eight and lost six — 57 percent of the time during seasons when the Yankees won 60 percent of their games overall.
In other words — Trump might be a jinx.
March 26, 1988. Preseason game. The Yankees lose to the Montreal Expos at Municipal Stadium in West Palm Beach, Fla. Like Trump, the Expos also eventually move to Washington. Running record: 0-1.
Oct. 7, 1998. The Yanks lose to the Indians in 12 when reliever Jeff Nelson falls apart and gives up three runs. Running record: 1-2.
Oct. 15, 2003. The Yanks fall to the Boston Red Sox at home. Trump apparently misses the game the next night, one of the greatest in baseball history, when Aaron Boone hits a home run in the 11th to complete a Yankee comeback and deny the Sox their first World Series appearance in 17 years. Running record: 1-3.
March 12, 2004. Preseason game. The Yankees beat the Houston Astros in Tampa. Weirdly, there’s no box score for the game online. Running record: 2-3.
April 3, 2005. Opening Day. The Yankees clobber the Red Sox. For some reason, seven different Yankee pitchers take the mound even though they were up big after the 3rd. Running record: 3-3.
Aug. 18, 2006. The Yankees wallop the Red Sox again, this time in Boston during the second game of a doubleheader. Trump throws out the first pitch, wearing exactly what you’d expect him to wear. Running record: 4-3.
April 16, 2009. Opening Day. The Indians beat the Yankees on the strength of a nine-run seventh. It’s the sort of inning that is good and hilarious to people who hate the Yankees (like myself) including two home runs, one solo and one driving in three runs. Running record: 4-4.
May 15, 2009. The Yankees edge the Twins in a come-from-behind victory that those who hate the Yankees (like myself) hate to see. Melky Cabrera singled to left, driving in two runs. Running record: 5-4.
April 13, 2010. Opening Day. The Yankees beat the Anaheim Angels (the team that is from and plays in Anaheim) but almost blow it in the ninth as the Halos bring in four runs on a Bobby Abreau grand slam. Running record: 6-4.
Aug. 30, 2010. The Tampa Bay Rays, who were once called the Devil Rays, beat up on the Yankees after knocking Sabathia out of the game in the sixth. Running record: 7-5.
July 30, 2012. The Yankees lose to the Orioles. Running record: 7-6.
The Yankees-Orioles game at the beginning of this article gives Trump his 8-6 overall record.
The July 30 game, though, is famous for far more than being a fairly normal baseball game. Trump attended this one with O’Reilly, too. At one point, fans began doing the wave and, as it washed over the section where O’Reilly and Trump were sitting they participated.
Maybe the thing is that the Yankees win when Trump is there unless he tepidly attempts the wave.