NEW YORK – On May fourth, known as Star Wars Day, New York Yankees fans channeled their inner Emperor Palpatine and turned their anger on the Houston Astros as soon as the visitors entered the field.
“A bang, Fastball!” A fan yelled at Astro’s second baseman, Jose Altuve, and practiced hitting.
“You don’t deserve your award!” another yelled at Astro’s third baseman, Alex Bregman.
Tuesday was the first day the crowd at Yankee Stadium had a chance to express their anger at the Astros over their trash can. Forget the fact that the scandal broke out almost a year ago and that both AJ Hinch and Alex Cora have returned from their suspensions because of their roles in the scandal and that there are only five players left from the 2017 World Series champions. Yankees fans didn’t forget and wanted to make sure their displeasure was heard during the 7-3 win for the home team.
The Yankees have now won nine out of twelve and improved to 15-14, their first time over .500 since they were 3-2. That also contributed to the fans at the moment.
“As soon as the schedule was published, we bought these tickets. It’s like a revenge tour because they weren’t here last year and when they played they didn’t get the reception they are getting now.” said Yankees fan John Guerin. “I booed her at home last year. I was in my living room.”
David Taub from Brooklyn arrived wearing an Oscar the Grouch costume with a tank top that said “Trashtros” but was warned that he would not be able to wear the outfit at the stadium due to a new policy.
“It was about $ 90 and I ordered it and it was three weeks in arrears, so I made sure to order it early,” Taub said. “I’ve had this game long since the schedule was released. I waited over a year and a half to go to this game and waited for the Astros to come. I lapped this game as soon as I made it.” knew fans were allowed. “
Chants broke out at Yankee Stadium throughout the evening regardless of whether the Astros hit the plate. When Bregman did a home run in the first inning, the crowd immediately broke out in shouts of “cheat”. Throughout the evening, fans met shortstop Carlos Correa, Bregman and Altuve with the most persistent and loudest mockery.
“It’s mostly Altuve, Correa and Bregman,” said Jack Genesi. “They are the main characters who played well and, according to statistics, much better at home than away, and they are the players who won their 2017 World Series. Most of the team has changed, but these players always are still there.” “”
Astros manager Dusty Baker said the crowd’s reaction to the Astros didn’t surprise him.
“At least there was no violence. You can say what you want,” Baker said. “It sounded like a full house tonight, even though it wasn’t. We were expecting this reception, so we’ll get more of it tomorrow and the next day.”
Baker added that the subject of the crowd’s biggest incident, Altuve seemed urgent.
“The fans were extremely tough for Altuve tonight,” said Baker. “He’s making a lot of effort, maybe too much trouble.”
Bregman said the Astros was trying to focus on the game rather than being received by the crowd.
“I think we were just trying to focus on making good swings, competing and worrying about baseball,” said Bregman.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the competition felt like a playoff atmosphere, even though there were only 10,850 fans in attendance.
“We haven’t seen the energy that was being produced since 2019, so it was a fun game to be a part of,” said Boone.
The strong reaction from the crowd in the hometown created an environment that any opposing player found difficult.
“That was intense,” said Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. “I wouldn’t want to be on the other side. You brought something heavy with you.”
Stanton too, of course. Hitting four hits and three RBIs, he escorted his teammates on the field to the ceremonial handshake line, much to the delight of the crowd that was left to complete the 3-hour, 27-minute game.