‘The fans let them have it’: Yankees – and boisterous Bronx crowd – get measure of revenge vs. Astros
NEW YORK — New York Yankees fans – with resentment gurgling in their souls, their eyes bulging with rage, and their lungs burning with fury – taunted, jeered and cursed the Houston Astros all night long.
There may have been only 10,850 fans in the stands, the maximum permitted at Yankee Stadium during the pandemic, but Tuesday night's game had all of the emotion and ambience of an October playoff game. It was an atmosphere not seen or heard in these parts since the Astros were in town two years ago for the 2019 ALCS.
“The fans let them have it,’’ Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who had a four-hit game Tuesday night, said. “They were definitely expressing some bottled-up emotions.’’
The Yankees, who believed they may have won the 2017 World Series title if the Astros hadn’t cheated by illegally stealing signs and still question whether Houston was cheating when they were eliminated by the Astros in 2019, didn’t express their anger in the same fashion but got their dose of revenge the old-fashioned way with a 7-3 victory.
“It felt like a playoff atmosphere,’’ Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “The energy they created, we haven’t seen that since 2019. …It was intense. You could feel it when you walked out there 15 minutes before the game. It got your attention.’’
Still, the game’s outcome was nothing more than a mere backdrop to the drama on this night.
Everywhere you turned, everywhere you looked, in virtually every crevice of the Stadium, there was fury.
Luke Carrado of Long Island was buying a beer and chicken tenders at the concession stands in front of section 226 when he suddenly became incensed, and screamed obscenities at a New Jersey family of six who had the audacity to wear Astros jerseys.
Well, those fans just happened to be the family of Astros reliever Brandon Bielak, who grew up in nearby Sayerville, N.J. They watched him pitch for the first time at Yankee Stadium when he entered the game in the fifth inning.
“We took some heat walking in,’’ said Brian Bielak, Brandon’s father. “I just want people to keep calm and act like adults.’’
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