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View from the press box: Unprecedented opening day scene at Yankee Stadium

The sights and sounds from day one at Yankee Stadium are unprecedented and (we sincerely hope) unique in the future.

The Yankees opened 2021 Thursday afternoon with a 3-2, 10 inning defeat to the Blue Jays in front of 10,850 masked socially distant fans.

The Yankees made a 0-9 base with scoring runners, leaving 10 runners at the base. That was the story of the game.

But was the game story a big story of the day? No, not from this press box seat. A colleague is more than 6 feet to my left and the Plexiglas barrier is my only companion.

The big story was you (if you’re a fan of the game). you too. you too. 10,850 people everybody.

Overall cheers, boos and screams were suppressed as we had to be in a stadium with a capacity of 20%.

But your individual cheers, boos and screams were as much a baseball soundtrack as the cracking of a bat and the sound of a ball hitting a mitt.

It started when the gate opened at 11am. The trickle of fans from the entrance coincided with the light rain that fell on Bronx. There aren’t enough people to worry about proximity in the days of COVID-19. There isn’t enough rain to worry about the game being postponed.

Thousands were seated at 12:45 when loudspeaker Paul Olden boomed. “Hello, Welcome to the Ladies of everyone. Yankee Stadium.”

Introducing the traditional opening round. The Blue Jays are first on the third base line, in their beloved powder blue uniform, with Steven Matz in it.

Then the Yankees on the first base line. The first player introduced was the longest-lived Yankee Brett Gardner. But that is not his longevity. It’s his uniform No. 11 and the lowest on the team.

After the knee surgery, he shouted “Ruuuke” to Luke Voit, who was dragging his leg out of the dugout with his crutches. Manager Aaron Boone’s “Booooone” and Jay Bruce’s “Bruuuuces”. Toast to DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier and more.

Gary Sanchez has no boos, but the laser focus on Sanchez would have changed if he struck in the first at bat (he didn’t).

Gerrit Cole’s opening ceremony, 1:10, the temperature during the match was 43. High-speed ball to Marcus Semien. A toast after the second pitch, a grounder to a short.

Roll calls from bleachers sound like standing, chanting, and more. Turns from the player and waves of hands or gloves.

The first “Let’s Go Yankees” is the second top, chanting to help the call with a 2-on, 2-out, 1-run-in jam. Now rhythmic two applause. .. .. Jealousy for the closed ball call. .. .. A small eruption called Strike 3.

The Yankees’ first hit in 2021 is a high single that loops to the left by Gleyber Torres at the bottom of the second. When the ball flies, the left fielder participates in the race, and the shortstop returns, the spectators are excited. The only sound when the ball hits the grass is joy.

The pick-off boo is thrown first. Even with this, it’s a small exercise that doesn’t make sense. This day: What a nice sound (but leave it alone next time).

On the next pitch, Sanchez hit a two-run home run to the left, revealing the final result of the swing as soon as the ball left the bat. The Yankees lead 2 to 1 and fans love Sanchez. At that moment, at least.

Under Mets-Nationals on the out-of-town scoreboard: “Postponed due to COVID issues.”

There but for grace. .. ..

The sun rises in the middle inning. Cole begins mowing.

“Oh no!” When Teoscar Hernandez tied it sixth in a solo shot. Cheers go up when the home run ball is thrown back to the field. This is one of the most ridiculous “traditions” at Yankee Stadium and all stadiums.

Participate in the “YMCA” dance (you know who you are). Sing along with “God Bless America” ​​and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”.

Everyone is ready to stand up and explode, but nothing but the moan when the judge loads the bass in the 7th inning and hits the double play at the end of the inning.

The first boo of the season when Giancarlo Stanton went on strike in 8th place.

When Darren O’Day debuted the Yankees for the ninth time, the original chant of “O’Day, O’Day, O’Day, O’Day” – a song like “Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole” I was struck.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, as expectations for the Yankees walk-off home run rise, Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette wants time to grab a hot dog rapper floating in the air. He fails to hook it. He is booing.

Sanchez walked and was first replaced by Mike Tauchman, who steals second at Bruce’s opening ceremony. After Bruce strikes, Torchman steals third without a throw. Toronto brings the infield.

Frazier swings a high-speed ball.

“Just put the ball into play,” someone shouted from the stand.

Frazier walks.

LeMahieu, who swings at the opening ceremony, is weak and settles in 3rd place. The torchman is thrown onto the plate.

“Why did you go home?” Someone yells from the stand. Maybe the same guy.

Judges will strike to send the game to additional innings. Free baseball on the first day!

The Blue Jays will start from 10th place with the 2nd place runner, which is the carryover rule from 2020. Randal Grichuk doubled off Nick Nelson over the judge’s head, giving Toronto a 3-2 lead.

This is the last chance for the Yankees and the judges will start the second half. Hicks beats up. Stanton attacks on three pitches and actually hears it.

“Why are you paying so much?” Someone yells from the stand. Definitely the same man.

Torres attacks to end the game. Not the best result for Yankees fans.

The best place? After the holiday, 10,850 people will cheer, boo, chant and scream again on Saturday. These days, it’s a victory in itself.