There has been a lot of talk about how the new Yankee Stadium sounds in comparison to the old one. That’s natural – the new Stadium has been compared to the old one in just about everything. Most of the time, the new Stadium wins handily. Just not necessarily in volume.
Normally I don’t get too wound up in the whole “it’s not the same as it was across the street” concept, particularly as it pertains to how loud the crowd is but tonight is one of the few nights where I’ll pay attention. The general consensus is that Game 6’s and Game 7’s are the games where the most “true fans” show up and the corporate crowd is the smallest. Why? Because corporations who are taking clients to games or using them as business opportunities usually go to games early in the series since they are guaranteed to happen. Game 6 or Game 7 doesn’t happen every series – you can’t bank on taking a client to one of those ahead of time.
Because of that, one would think tonight’s crowd – even with ticket prices that would certainly burn a hole in every pocket I’ve got – will be as heated as any this Stadium has seen. Pumped. Juiced. Loud. At least it should be. The real fans will be in the house.
“We love playing at home,” Johnny Damon said the other day, “because we know that there is nowhere in the world that has fans who care as much as these guys.”