Yankees’ playoff absence sets the tone in empty Yankee Stadium

Scene of the Yankee Stadium, on Monday, Sept. 25, 2023.
Amanda Paula
Monday September 25, 2023

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Amidst a lackluster New York Yankees season, Yankee Stadium took on a desolate atmosphere during the team’s final home game of the year, which was rescheduled due to a rainout against the Diamondbacks. On this somber afternoon in The Bronx, only a few dedicated fans dared to brave the cold and wet conditions, creating a striking juxtaposition against the stadium’s typically vibrant atmosphere.

Yankee stadium’s unusual silence

Yankees players Austin Wells and Gleyber Torres at an empty Yankee Stadium on September 25, 2023.

This disheartening scene unfolded just a day after the Yankees received the bitter news of their official elimination from playoff contention, marking their first absence from postseason play since 2016. The team’s performance in 2023, far from expectations, seemed to mirror the dreary atmosphere at the ballpark.

As the game began, the Yankees, with a record of 41-39 at home, secured a 6-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. This underwhelming turnout was a stark contrast to their average attendance of 40,349 fans per game throughout the season, a figure that ranked as the best in the American League.

The announced paid attendance for the makeup game stood at 41,096, originally intended for a Saturday matchup that had included a giveaway featuring an Aaron Judge bobblehead. Judge himself reflected on the team’s disappointing season, emphasizing the need for internal discussions and improvements to rectify the situation for the upcoming year.

The Diamondbacks set the tone early in the game with a two-run first inning, powered by a two-run double from centerfielder Alek Thomas. However, the Yankees managed to level the score in the fourth inning with a two-run homer from Austin Wells. They subsequently took the lead for good in the eighth inning, securing the victory.

Before the game, Yankees manager Aaron Boone acknowledged uncertainty about his future with the team, hinting at forthcoming organizational discussions. Boone expressed his commitment to evaluating the team’s performance and identifying areas for improvement, emphasizing the need for alignment with a more successful future.

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This final home game of the season marked the Yankees’ transition to a road trip, with matchups in Toronto and Kansas City awaiting them to close out the 2023 season. As the Yankees aim to rebuild and regain their competitive edge, their loyal fan base anxiously awaits a brighter future on the horizon.

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  1. I like Aaron Boone, but it’s time to go. You can’t fire the team but you can fire the manager. Watch out Mr. Cashman

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