WHITE PLAINS – It was New York Yankees central in White Plains.
The typical weekend dance music in the Mamaroneck Avenue bars was replaced by the voices of Joe Buck and John Smoltz calling game seven of the Yankees Championship Game.
Jerseys and t-shirts of present team stars and franchise greats matched with navy blue Yankee caps made the bars look like the Bleacher Creatures of Yankee Stadium.
“There’s no energy like playoff baseball in New York,” Brazen Fox owner Neal Alpuche said. “People have been rooting hard. It’s a young team that’s overachieving, and they love it.”
In the fifth inning with the Yankees down 1-0, the Astros third baseman made a strong throw to home plate to gun down what would’ve been the tying run. The next inning, the Astros scored extended the lead to two with a home run.
But it didn’t quiet the spectators.
A group of friends – Chris Esposito, Rob Caporole and Nick Shaw – sat in the corner of Brazen Fox next to a large-screen TV. They come to Brazen Fox every weekend.
“It’s never this packed this early here. People were fired up,” Caporole around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. “This team has to opportunity to go to the World Series, so we’re going to come out here supporting them.”
Even with the Yankees trailing, there was no chance of them leaving.
“There’s always a chance of this team coming back,” Esposito said.