Could this be the reason the Tigers’ Berry said Yankee stadium was easy to play in?
The Yankees seem to be taken shots from everyone lately. Now Tigers outfielder Quintin Berry has joined the list. Who exactly is Quintin Berry you ask? I have no idea, but I’m guessing the fact the Yankees are having a hard time selling tickets could factor into this. There has been a lot of discussion over the years about how the new Yankee stadium doesn’t have that same fear factor and intimidation the old one possessed.
Berry had this to say via Yahoo Sports:
“This is a very easy place to play now,” Tigers outfielder Quintin Berry said. “Coming from Oakland, the fans there were so rowdy. It was easier to come here.”
The Oakland Coliseum is known more for tarps being over the seldom-needed upper deck rather than having an electric atmosphere that used to exist at the old Yankee Stadium.
Alex Rodriguez gave his take on why Yankee stadium is anything but intimidating.
“Our fans haven’t had much to cheer about, so you can’t blame them,” said Alex Rodriguez, a major point of fans’ contention by going 3-for23 in the playoffs and often being benched. “You’ve got to blame us. If I was sitting there, I’d be perplexed, too. We didn’t score any runs. What the hell are you going to cheer about?”
The Yankees’ players and front office can spin this anyway they’d like, but the fact of the matter is their down 0-2 to the Tigers in the best-of-seven series, with Justin Verlander staring them in the eyes for Game 3. If they don’t think about crossing home plate a bit more often they will be out of the ALC in a hurry…then they won’t have to worry about filling seats in Yankee stadium.