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October at 'House That Ruth Built'
10/03/2004 7:00 PM ET
NEW YORK -- Manhattan is considered the center of New York's universe, playing host to millions of visitors every year. But in October, the Bronx becomes the heartbeat of the city, as the Yankees energize the Big Apple with yet another postseason run.

The "House That Ruth Built" is considered by many to be baseball's cathedral. Nine of the Yankees' 26 World Series titles have been clinched at home, most recently in 1999, when New York completed a four-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves.

The fans -- particularly the "Bleacher Creatures" in right field -- are a part of the action, getting the night started with their daily roll call. If you've never seen this ritual, pay close attention to each player as his name is called by the Yankee faithful.

Although Alex Rodriguez and Gary Sheffield, the Yankees' two biggest power threats this season, are right-handed, left-handed hitters should have a field day with the short porch in right, which measures just 314 feet from home plate.

Although players such as A-Rod and Kenny Lofton have experienced postseason games in the Bronx from the visitors' dugout, they will have a whole new experience this year, as the 57,000-plus are sure to provide yet another home-field edge to the Yanks, who won 57 of their 81 games in the Bronx -- best in the Majors.

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