In a last-minute location change, the Yankees and White Sox were set to play on Mars.
Clouds of smoke that wafted south from Canadian wildfires put The Bronx in a literal haze by Wednesday afternoon.
In a scene that resembled “Blade Runner,” the sky was blocked and the air heavy, the smell of smoke strong.
There was an orange tint to the atmosphere and the Air Quality Index was all the way up to 191, which registers as “unhealthy.”
Still, as of publication time, there was expected to be baseball played.
Major League Baseball is “continuing to monitor the situation closely,” a league source said.
It is the MLB, with consultation from the Players Association — and not the Yankees — that has the authority to postpone or reschedule games due to air quality.
Minor league games with the Yankees’ Triple-A team (in Moosic, Pa.) and the Mets’ Triple-A team (in Syracuse) were postponed a night earlier, while the Yankees played through the haze.
The conditions had worsened a day later.
Major league games have been canceled due to air quality, most recently in September 2020, when a matchup in Seattle was rescheduled and relocated to San Francisco.