The New York Yankees were able to defeat the Houston Astros 7-3 in the first game of their series at Yankee Stadium, backed by a four-hit performance by Giancarlo Stanton and a good game on the mound by Domingo German, who overcame two homers to earn the win.
But the story of the night was the Yankeesâ€™ intense crowd that made Astros players feel unwelcomed, for the lack of a better word.
Inflatable trash cans, chants directed at specific players, intense booing, and other elements made for a wild atmosphere in Yankee Stadium, which was at around 33 percent of capacity, for the first time since 2019.
In 2019, the Astros eliminated the Yankees in the American League Championship Series, on Jose Altuveâ€™s walk-off home run against Aroldis Chapman.
The Yankees made the Astros feel uncomfortable
Then, it was revealed that the Astros had deployed a complex sign-stealing scheme using cameras, and players would relay the signs to the batter by banging a trash can. The organization received a fine and the loss of draft picks, plus the suspension of manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Lunhow. But clearly, Yankeesâ€™ fans think that wasnâ€™t nearly enough punishment.
â€œThe fans led the charge there,â€ Giancarlo Stanton told MLB.com. â€œThat was intense. I wouldnâ€™t want to be on the other side of that. They brought something heavy.â€
â€œIt felt like a playoff atmosphere,â€ said manager Aaron Boone. â€œThe energy that was created, we havenâ€™t seen that since 2019. It was a fun game to be a part of, and the guys did a lot of really good things tonight: defensively, some big at-bats, some big pitching performances. It was a fun night to play the game.â€
The Yankees came out on top as they cleared the bases in the sixth inning with, oddly enough, a hopper by DJ LeMahieu. It was slow, so Alex Bregman fielded it with his bare hand and made a bad throw to first that caused an error. Everybody scored, including Rougned Odor, who was injured in the play.
â€œThis series has been circled by a lot of people for a while now,â€ LeMahieu said. â€œIt was a wild atmosphere. To know the fans have our backs like that, itâ€™s pretty special. I donâ€™t think people will turn the page on [the Astros] anytime soon.â€