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W: Masahiro Tanaka | L: Dallas Keuchel
New Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, NY
Attendance: 49,647 - Time of Game: 3:18 - Weather: 74°f
Section 227B, Row 19, Seat 1
When I left Minneapolis at the end of September, I was sure that I had seen my 24th and final MLB game of 2017. The season was coming to an end, and so were my opportunities to leave my baseball-less city, and travel to see another game. Little did I know at the time that not only would the Yankees make it to the playoffs and all the way to the ALCS 2017 and that I would be in New York City for a conference the same day as game five.
Naturally, I got myself a ticket to attend my first ever post-season baseball game.
“It’s been unbelievable. I haven’t seen anything like it in Major League Baseball since I’ve been here. It reminds me of college football games. They’re going crazy the entire game. It’s a huge advantage for us, and it makes the environment tremendous to play in.” — Chase Headley, on Yankee Stadium during the postseason
The intensity of playoff baseball is very different than the regular season. The last time I was at Yankee Stadium the crowd was loud and engaged, but not like tonight. The crowd was on their feet for every play, and for some at-bats, every pitch. The intensity of emotions was evident as the fans pleaded with Tanaka to keep throwing strikes, went wild for Gary Sanchez’s home run or “All Rise for the Judge”. I was happy that I got the chance to share this experience with almost 50,000 Yankee fans while I quietly climbed on the bandwagon for one day. — ww