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Fans Still Hopeful After Sunday Blowout

October 22, 1996

NEW YORK (AP) _ For Yankees fans, it was time to get even.

After watching their team lose to the Braves in a blowout in Game 1, home-town rooters showed up at Yankee Stadium Monday night hopeful that the World Series would move to Atlanta tied at a game apiece.

Hopeful, but realistic, too.

``Of course I’m worried,″ said John Dowsett, of Park Ridge, N.J. ``After that, I’d have to be.″

The Braves opened the Series Sunday night with a 12-1 victory in the first Series game at Yankee Stadium since 1981.

The two-homer hero of Game 1, 19-year-old Braves’ outfielder Andruw Jones, got the biggest boos from the stadium bleacher faithful during the lineup introductions.

Fans who gathered at the wall overlooking the Braves’ bullpen also had some choice words for Braves’ starter Greg Maddux as he warmed up.

``We’re going to hang you tonight Maddux,″ one man shouted.

But overall, it was a crowd that was just a couple notches short of its expected raucousness, especially after the Braves built a 2-0 third-inning lead.

Fans blamed World Series jitters and the one-week layoff after the Yankees’ elimination of the Baltimore Orioles for the Game 1 blowout.

``They were a little rusty after a week. They haven’t seen live pitching,″ said David Horowitz of Queens.

``I think they were nervous,″ said Leon Chernyavsky of Manhattan.

His friend, Ernie Quaresma, added: ``Everybody has a bad day.″

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