Growing up watching baseball in Cleveland, you are taught to hate the New York Yankees, which seems apropos given that the expensive, World Series–winning team has always been the antithesis to the scrappy Cleveland Indians. Nonetheless, needing a team to root for in the post-season, I had a hard time resisting the charisma of players like Reggie Jackson, Ron Guidry, and Bucky Dent.
Anyway, things haven’t changed much since my family moved from Cleveland in 1984. The Indians still haven’t won a World Series, while the Yankees have won another five championships. The Yanks are currently in first place in the AL East, but the Indians aren’t doing too shabby, just half a game behind the White Sox in the AL Central Division. Tonight, the two teams meet for the first time this season, playing the first of three games at Yankee Stadium. Pitching for the Tribe will be Josh Tomlin, who is 3-4 with an ERA of 5.12 this season. He will face off against Hiroki Kuroda, who is 6-7 with an ERA of 3.57. The Yankees are coming off winning two of three games in their subway series against the Mets, while the Indians lost their last two games against the Astros. The game begins at 7:05pm. As of press time, there were plenty of cheap seats available on Stubhub, with bleacher tickets at around $10. If you can’t make it out to Yankee Stadium, the game can be watched on ESPN2 and heard on WCBS 880 AM radio.