What was supposed to be a baseball game ended up looking more like a scene from Blade Runner 2049.
That’s the sort of picture which unfolded at Yankee Stadium for Tuesday night’s game between the Bronx Bombers and the White Sox. Smoke from Canadian wildfires drifted hundreds of miles south into the New York City airspace, creating an eerie atmosphere for players and fans to contend with.
The air quality was so poor that the Yankees’ Triple A affiliate, the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, postponed their home game against the Norfolk Tides, citing an “abundance of caution for potential health concerns.” The team’s home stadium is located in Moosic, Pa., approximately 130 miles from Yankee Stadium.
Take a look at the extraordinary scene in the images below.
We’re getting closer to first pitch here at Yankee Stadium and the air quality is real bad. It’s ominous. Smells like smoke.— Max Goodman (@MaxTGoodman) June 6, 2023
Meanwhile, Triple-A SWB just postponed their game due to poor air quality… pic.twitter.com/UZMoAvpYTL
Those aren’t clouds. That’s smoke. pic.twitter.com/GqnZry9Kc8— Brendan Kuty 🧟♂️ (@BrendanKutyNJ) June 6, 2023
The sky at Yankee Stadium is what the skies look like in Vermont with the smoke coming from the Canadian wild fires. Smell is not good....😮💨🤧😷🙊🤢😳 pic.twitter.com/4li6bpVpgV— Amy Murray (@VTDukefan) June 7, 2023