Earthquake shakes Yankee Stadium -- but Gleyber hit right through it

April 5th, 2024

NEW YORK -- The Yankees expected that the Bronx would rumble for Juan Soto’s first home opener in pinstripes, but not quite like this.

A 4.8-magnitude earthquake shook Yankee Stadium on Friday prior to the club’s game against the Blue Jays. It occurred at 10:23 a.m. ET, just as Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres was hitting in the batting cage. Torres did not seem to notice the tremors, as he continued his BP round without pause.

As he prepared for his start inside the Yankees' clubhouse, Marcus Stroman said he realized what was happening.

“I was at my locker; we all felt it,” Stroman said. “It was one of those things that was more shocking. We were asking, ‘What was that?’ We thought it was maybe somebody pushing something up on the concourse. No one really knew.”

“I felt that pregame,” Aaron Judge added. “Usually you feel a couple of rumbles in the stadium pregame, but that one was a little bit different.”

Asked where he was and what he was doing, Judge chuckled and replied: “I don’t want to say.”

No major damage or disruptions were reported. The earthquake was reported near Tewksbury Township, N.J., according to the United States Geological Survey. The epicenter was about 45 miles away from New York City.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that he noticed the shakes, which lasted about 30 seconds and were felt throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and elsewhere.

“I grew up in these things,” said Boone, who spent much of his childhood in Orange County, Calif., and experienced the 1994 Northridge quake first-hand. “I thought it was the sound system, actually. Then I’m like, ‘No, that wasn’t the sound system.’ I felt that; just vibration under my feet. I’m used to it.”

Yankees third-base coach Luis Rojas said that he was standing in the outfield near second base when the tremors occurred. He locked eyes with catcher Jose Trevino, who asked Rojas if he noticed what was happening.

“I felt something,” Rojas said. “I’m glad to hear that I’m not going crazy.”

Gates were not yet open to fans; all Yankee Stadium gates opened at 11 a.m. The Blue Jays were in the visiting clubhouse and did not appear to notice the earthquake, though many of their cell phones did chime with emergency alerts after the fact.

Juan Soto said that he was getting a massage at the time and didn’t realize what had happened. Yankees infielder Oswaldo Cabrera seemed disappointed that he did not feel the earthquake.

“I thought you asked me if I’m always shaking,” Cabrera told reporters, with a laugh. “First I’m hearing about it."