The Yankees, already eradicated from postseason rivalry, performed their house finale in entrance of a sparse crowd on Monday, as an ideal storm of things made for less-than-ideal circumstances because the crew tried to pad its attendance numbers one final time.
These components included a literal storm — Tropical Storm Ophelia — which showered Yankee Stadium because the pinstripers beat the Diamondbacks, 6-4. Monday’s chilly sport was additionally a 1 p.m. make-up sport after rain postponed Saturday’s contest, so most followers presumably exchanged their tickets for a 2024 sport as an alternative of lacking college or work.
The Yankees introduced a crowd of 41,096 folks, however the constructing was almost empty on Monday. Nonetheless, just a few followers braved the weather to look at some mediocre baseball.
Why would they try this?
“That could be a fantastic, fantastic query,” Connor Menneto informed the Day by day Information.
He defined that he, one other father and their younger sons had been speculated to attend on Saturday and that one of many boys had by no means been to a Yankees sport earlier than. They didn’t need to wait till subsequent 12 months to make that particular milestone occur.
Menneto added that he was making an attempt to show his 8-year-old a priceless lesson in regards to the highs and lows of sports activities.
“It’s at all times an amazing alternative to get the youngsters to come back see a baseball sport,” he mentioned. “And also you attempt to train him simply since you’re not going to make the playoffs, there’s nonetheless one thing to play for. You continue to need to see your crew win and attempt to get by it.
“I don’t know. I suppose that is how Mets followers really feel yearly.”
For some, Monday’s depressing situations created a possibility for love.
Allie Vazquez and Joel Escobar had been huddling for heat whereas taking cowl from the rain after they chatted with the Information. “It’s our time without work,” Escobar defined, including that they had been utilizing new tickets, not exchanges from Saturday. “It’s the final sport of the season right here within the Bronx.”
Requested in the event that they had been on a date, Vazquez replied, “I imply, I suppose.” That acquired amusing out of each of them.
Others, like Jake Peterson, used the sport to hold with pals. He and three different college students from Tempo College had the time without work because of Yom Kippur. They had been initially speculated to go on Saturday, however Monday’s tiny crowd gave them free run of the place. They had been hanging behind the Diamondbacks’ bullpen and within the left subject bleachers when the Information approached them.
There have been about 20 different folks within the part on the time.
“In fact!” Peterson mentioned when requested if he was completely happy together with his resolution. “It’s at all times enjoyable popping out to see the Yankees play.”
Danielle Restaino, Georgia Heinzmann and Nikie Uddin, three sophomores at Fordham, didn’t have the time without work, however they acquired out of sophistication early or missed some college to see the Yankees play. The college really supplied the younger ladies with free tickets — initially meant for Saturday — and so they acquired to know one another a 12 months in the past whereas attending a Yankees sport.
Monday’s journey to the Bronx served as their friendiversary, and so they agreed to make their strategy to proper subject to get a very good take a look at Oswaldo Cabrera.
“Final season, our friendship type of began with a Yankees sport,” Restaino mentioned. “In order that they’re type of vital for us.”
Then there was Katie Ringdahl, who wasn’t there for the Yankees in any respect.
She and her Arizona-born husband are Diamondbacks followers dwelling on Lengthy Island. A 2024 alternate ticket wouldn’t have completed something for them for the reason that Dbacks don’t go to the Bronx subsequent season.
Ringdahl is from Florida herself, so she was wandering across the stadium to remain heat because the rain turned to drizzle. Regardless of solely sporting a lightweight trying jacket, she mentioned she was having fun with herself.
“I’m pleased with the choice,” Ringdahl insisted. “Come on! It’s baseball. It’s enjoyable. Only a nice environment. It’s a good time.”
Ringdahl’s Diamondbacks are nonetheless within the Wild Card race, so she had extra incentive to look at than most in attendance on Monday. The spectating Yankees followers, nonetheless, made it clear that they need higher from their crew shifting ahead.
“It’s been a tricky season,” Menneto mentioned earlier than taking problem with the Yankees’ perceived reliance on analytics. “No matter profit it appears to have for different groups, it’s not working for us. We want extra dudes which might be placing the ball in play, making changes mid-games, not swinging for the fences each time. The most important battle is we’re in all these long-term offers with gamers that I don’t suppose are a part of our future. So I don’t know what the forecast appears to be like like for subsequent 12 months.
“I actually hope they don’t waste these prime years of Gerrit Cole and Aaron Choose.”
Whereas Monday’s climate solely amplified the destructive vibes which have adopted the Yankees this season, some within the crowd tried to keep up a optimistic outlook because the membership’s house slate got here to an finish.
“I’m hoping that subsequent season we’ll come again,” Restaino mentioned of the Bombers. “In 2008, we didn’t make it to the playoffs. However then in 2009, we received the World Collection. So I’m hoping it’s gonna be a repeat of historical past.”