October 6, 2011 — It’s the second inning of the decisive Game 5 of the ALDS, and there is a certain energy in the atmosphere that, in my opinion, is not felt anywhere but at Yankee Stadium. Event though the Yankees are down 2-0, the crowd is buzzing.
What does that mean, specifically?
Well, you can literally hear a buzz in the air — a loud chorus of voices — at all times. It never goes on. It’s palpable, and impossible not to get into.
Mark Teixeira just doubled to right-center field, and the Stadium erupted.
There are no white towels waving around — as was the case in Detroit. These fans are instead cheering the old fashion way. They are into every pitch, sighing when a Yankees pitcher throws a ball, and cheering loudly and then clapping on every strike call.
It’s louder than it was in Detroit during Games 3 and 4, and there’s more tension in this place than I can remember at a Yankees home game since Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS against Boston (I’m purposely omitting Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS because the Yankees were out of that game in the early innings).
If the Yankees can come back in this contest, it will be one of the great in-Stadium celebrations of the decade.
–Alfred Santasiere III