NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Yankees were hoping for another big win in the Bronx Tuesday night in the AL Championship Series and that’s exactly what they gave their fans.
Fans were on the edge of their seats on Tuesday, but left the stadium satisfied with the result.
“Oh my god, super exciting,” one fan told CBS2’s Jessica Layton.
The Bombers had been down 2-0 in the series, until Monday night.
Aaron Judge hit a three-run homer and made a pair of sparkling catches, leading CC Sabathia and the Yankees over the Houston Astros 8-1 and cutting their deficit to 2-1.
Yankee fans were smiling a bit brighter with an undeniable pep in their step before Tuesday’s game.
“You see I got the Yankee hat on and I pretty sure we’re gonna do their thing,” West Farms resident Will Morales said. “Yankees are gonna represent. They got us as the underdog and I like it, I like us.”
“No rules, just results,” said Kingsbridge resident David Holder. “We’re bringing it home.”
The Yankees scored all of their runs in the 7th and 8th innings, pulling off an incredible comeback after trailing 4-2.
“Judge getting that hit, rally, getting everybody rocking and rolling,” Paul Capoziello said.
Bernard Coates, who works inside the Yankee Stadium concession stands, says he knew early this group was special.
“I was telling everyone they’re gonna do it,” Coates said. “This is their year. They overcame a lot of obstacles and everything and they’re strong. This is a new young team they’re on fire.”
“This team is reminding me of the 96 team with Jeter, Williams. Gardner, Judge, it’s a young team — a young new team and it’s very vibrant,” said fan Annette Aguilar.
Ahead of Game 4 Tuesday night, Yankee great Paul O’Neill — who threw out the first pitch — made a prediction.
“You gotta think the momentum is in the Yankees side right now,” he said. “I think who wins tonight wins the series.”
Pinstripes fans agree, and feel even more momentum heading into Game 5 at home on Wednesday.
“After watching this team all year, no doubt. This team is awesome,” one fan said, “Yankees in 7! Let’s go!”
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