From late-inning heroics to the sight of injured Yankees captain Derek Jeter being helped off the field, Saturday night's opening game in the American League Championship Series brought emotional highs and lows for Yankee fans. Bronx Borough reporter Erin Clarke filed the following report.
It turned out Raul Ibanez's game-tying ninth-inning home run in was just the start of the excitement for Yankees fans in Saturday's first game of the American League Championship Series.
"I thought they were going to win it in extra innings definitely. Just like they did when [Ibanez] did it in the last series," said a fan.
"The excitement was through the roof. It was so much fun," said another.
"My mind was spinning, I was going crazy, I was jumping, clapping hands with everybody," said a third.
But it was not enough to keep the Detroit Tigers at bay, as the visiting team pulled ahead in the 12th inning and won 6-4.
"No bat, no hitting, our bats are dead cold. My personal opinion, sit A-Rod out and let the team be the team," said a Yankees fan.
The Bronx Bombers will have to push ahead without shortstop Derek Jeter, who broke his left ankle moments after the Tigers's Delmon Young doubled home the go-ahead run in the 12th inning.
It was a heartbreaking loss for fans after a tension-filled night.
"It kept you on the edge of your seat and I'm very disappointed at the outcome," said a saddened Yankees fan.
Even with Jeter sidelined the rest of the season, fans were hopeful the Yankees could come back later Sunday and tie the series before heading to Detroit on Tuesday.
"They're going to win, they're going to win," said a fan.