Bob Nightengale from USA TODAY and Pete Caldera from NorthJersey.com discuss the historic Yankees Red Sox series at London Stadium.
Pete Caldera, Staff Writer, @pcaldera
LONDON – Major League Baseball, who spent the week desperately trying to promote their game in Europe, certainly came up with a doozy of a plan Saturday by transforming a traditional baseball game into a
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox have been playing against each other since 1903 and never played a game like this.
By the time ended, the Yankees 17-13 survived in the second highest game between the two teams and almost the longest game they have ever played and lasts for four hours, 42 minutes.
The Red Sox and Yankees showed this continent that the openers should not necessarily be relievers, so all British children dream that he is talented enough to pitch in the big leagues after seeing this travesty and that they too can feel Commissioner Rob Manfred's pain on the pace of play.
It was Yankee-Red Sox baseball, Coor's Field style.
It was a game that opened with the Yankees and the Red Sox, scoring six times in the first inning. It was the first time these two teams ever scored six runs in the first inning against each other, and the first time since June 23, 1989, the two teams scored for at least six runs in the first inning.
It was so insane that before the night was over, they combined into four separate six-run innings.
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Red Sox starter Rick Porcello set the stage by holding a career-worst one-third of an inning. Yankee starts Masahiro Tanaka survived only one out longer. The first inning lasted 58 minutes, with four different jugs throwing a total of 92 seats.
There were only three scoreless innings throughout the game – including the eighth and ninth.
It was so cruel for pitcher that the two teams combined to host 23 races and 27 hits after just 4½ innings, including seven doubles and four races.
It was baseball, London style.
Still, if the crowd was offended by the terrible pitching, the juiced baseballs or video games were the offense they probably didn't show.
Perhaps it was that they have already been Americanized, making the wave in the fourth inning with the Yanks leading 14-6, singing "YMCA" "Sweet Caroline" and even knowing how to act under "KissCam . "
Brett Gardner celebrates with right-handed Gleyber Torres after a home run. (Photo: Tim Ireland, AP)
The stadium was sold out, but of the 59,659 present, including Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, it is estimated that about 40,000 were Americans. They not only looked like having British accents, they donned all American sports clothing from Bryce Harper and Alex Bregman jerseys for a Babe Ruth polo, even a Tom Brady jersey.
The fans, regardless of whether they paid 35 pounds at StubHub for last minute slots or 900 pounds for premier seats seemed to enjoy themselves.
While players lost balls in the lights, others ran wildly into the big foul-ball area as balls flew out as if they were mixed with those used at the Home Run Derby.
The crowd, cheering pretty much just about anything that happened in the game, saw the ball fighting in the whole game long, fast passing infielders, and outfielders trying to get the breath of trying to keep balls from jumping to the fence.
It was a biggest offensive show these two teams have ever produced, and perhaps it was exactly what MLB wanted when they decided to make this foray to Europe and keep these fans entertained from the first hotdog to their last drop.
"This inspires us to take a trip to New York now to see baseball there," said London's native Suze Newton, who took his first baseball game. "We didn't know what to do expect. We didn't know if it would be like cricket or not.
"I just wanted to see how the atmosphere would be, so now that we see it, it's fun to see it in New York." "
The audience seemed to be almost evenly mixed with Yankee and Red Sox fans, but it was definitely American, with many fans, either Americans living in Europe or the Americans taking their summer vacation.
" My brother law has bugged me to come here for five years, says Carl Shain, 61, a retired military veteran living in Amelia Island, Fla. "He said England is a wonderful country to come. Then he says in January that the Yanks come.
" I said to him, "We come there in June, how is it?"
" So I come with the wife and we did all of the tournament around town for her. Now it's my day at the ballpark. "
And for Americans living in London, it was safe a welcome sight, even getting a special treat at the concession places.
"Oh my god, I can't believe what you know how long I've been waiting for this, & # 39; & # 39; said Terry Palmgust and threw a hot dog.
Palmgust, who grew up in Fargo, Minn., And spent the last 12 years in London as a schoolteacher, said she hadn't had a hot dog this year. It was worth the wait.
Her husband Patrick Frank plays in competitive softball league in London and says there is a growing appetite for the sport. His team has only two Americans on it, he said, and the best way to wake up in the morning is to open his computer and see the results of MLB games he missed.
He wore his Cubs jersey for Saturday's game and plans to be back next year when the cubes and cardinals play in London.
"When I see someone wearing a Cubs cap in Tube [subway] & # 39;" he said, & # 39; it's like a moment of recognition. You see more Yankee caps than anything but I think they just carry the cap because it is so popular.
Yes, like the Heineken seller Ko Ahman, who smuggled beer to 6.50 pounds and called himself a great yankee " 19659005] He couldn't tell you a single player who played on the team and never heard of Aaron Judge.
"I don't know anything about them or anyone," he said, "but I'm a fan."
It was the first time most British fans had ever seen beer dealers. Drinks are prohibited in the stands in most football matches.
"You have to stop the hooligans so they can't sell beer," Palmgust said. "But here it is such a family feel here. There is nothing to cause problems. It's very family friendly. & # 39 ; & # 39;
Really, the only ones who needed to do something heavy to drink tonight were the chicks, with 16 in the game.
The audience began to get bored in the middle of the game with the yankees who led 17-6 in the fifth inning, with some left behind watching Freddie Mercury a mascot race over Winston Churchill, Freddie Mercury, Henry VIII and Loch Ness Monster.
But just as it seemed Far, Red Sox put it last six place at night in the seventh inning, and all bets were off in the end.
The sequel will be at 10 am and if possible we could see even more offense considering both teams have tired pitching staff and position players oozing with trust as if they are Hank Aaron.
"I didn't look E someone gets angry at the place that their team lost, or even who they angry for, & # 39; & # 39; said the beer dealer Nish Matanda. "We know Americans like to have their fun in here. And it looked like they were having fun.
" So this is when they play in the United States, no? "