Every game the Yankees play against the Red Sox for the remainder of the season is of utmost importance. New York has let a few games slip through their fingers recently, but the AL East crown is still up for grabs with an important series against Boston coming up at the Stadium this weekend.
As the Yankees have appeared ahead of schedule in their rebuild, the atmosphere at Yankee Stadium has improved dramatically. The sound of the crowd has been impossible to overlook, particularly in big games like those against the Red Sox. Yankee Stadium’s new iteration couldn’t have been an intimidating place to play in the very recent past with empty seats and relatively quiet fans. That seems to have changed.
This weekend, perhaps more than any other, would be an amazing time to be in the Bronx. New York has managed to stay within striking distance of the Red Sox, and their final regular season home series against their rival has so much on the line. The division may not be won or lost definitively in this series, but there is a high likelihood that one team will come out of it feeling like it’s theirs to lose.
Boston has been scuffling a bit as of late, narrowly defeating the Blue Jays after getting rocked at home by the Orioles. The Yankees have to take advantage of that in order to make the final stretch of games competitive.
There is really nothing like baseball as summer comes to a close, and it has been a little while since the Yankees had games that felt this meaningful this late in the season. I only wish that I lived closer so I could experience it in person. If you are fortunate enough to make the trip to Yankee Stadium, this weekend is definitely the time. Maybe the new stadium can get rocking like the old one used to do. Helping to make Yankee Stadium a place other teams dread playing because of how great the crowd is seems like an achievable goal. Much like the final push for the division, it all starts this weekend.