The Yankees are the favored juggernaut in the American League East, aiming to return to the World Series for the first time since 2009. The Blue Jays intend to make their lives difficult for years to come, featuring an exciting roster stocked with young talent.
But the best story on Thursday will be taking place outside the white lines. For the first time since Game 5 of the 2019 American League Championship Series, fans will attend a contest in the Bronx. Even with the crowd limited to 20 percent of Yankee Stadium's capacity, the atmosphere figures to be nothing short of celebratory.
"I anticipate there being some energy," said Yankees ace Gerrit Cole. "It’s been a long time since people in New York have been able to get to a baseball game, so I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to my family being there. Hopefully we come out crisp, play a nice game and set the tone for the season.”