My son had a Little League game this evening. So, we were out of the house at five-thirty and didn’t get home until close to eight. When we got in, I turned on the Yankees game and it was the bottom of the 4th inning. A-Rod was just in the process of striking out.
I had some work things that I needed to address – since I logged off at five today. And, we had to get the kids tucked away in bed, etc. By that time, it was close to eight-forty-five. I took another peek at the Yankees game and it was the top of the 6th inning. Colon was just in the process of giving Juan Rivera an IBB. Sure, the bases were then loaded - and it was a one-one game – but the Yankees were just a DP away from getting out of it.
In any event, my wife and I wanted to watch the finale of House – which we had recorded. As a result, I gave up on the Yankees game until I had another chance to tune in.
That would come just before ten o’clock. When I switched to YES, I saw Yankee Stadium looking like a ghost town. Seeing all those empty seats in the bleachers and the field level, and without knowing what the score was, I figured something terrible had happened – and it was a blow-out in the Jays favor.
Frank Francisco was warming for the Jays and it was the top of the 9th inning.
And, then, they showed the score: 7-3, Jays.
A four-run game at 10 pm? That’s not a huge hole or a late hour? Where the heck was everyone? It’s pretty warm out now – and not raining. I don’t get it?
I wanted to see the Yankees come back and tie this one in the 9th. I wanted to see it because I’m a Yankees fan. But, tonight, even more, I wanted to see it so that all those who left this game before it was over would be kicking themselves after they heard about the comeback.
But, it didn’t happen. Gardner did his job. And, Granderson had that loud foul. But, that was all that the Yankees could muster in the end. Too bad.
And, it’s too bad about what’s become to the Yankee Stadium crowd. They get there late. They leave early. And, in between, half of them are inside doing things other than watching the game. Add all that to the fact that the upper decks are farther from the field, which means less surround sound at the games, and it’s a totally different ballgame than it was at the old Stadium.