Take Me Out to the Ballgame
With the start of baseball season in New York City, both Mets and Yankees fans are excited and optimistic about their teams this year. But they spoke about the deeper meaning of baseball, especially with everything that's going on in the world.
- John Kearney and Jon Carbone are lifelong Yankee fans from New Jersey. Going to their first Opening Day game, both come from families that are all Yankee fans. Being a Yankee fan means a tradition and legacy of winning, both men said. But they spoke deeper about the meaning of baseball, especially right now with everything that's going on in the world.
- Patrick Donahue braved the cold winds in the upper deck to cheer on the Mets.
- The Mansfields, also from New Jersey, are lifelong Yankee fans too. Mike Sr. said he had no choice but to be a Yankee fan growing up. His son, Mike Jr., says that being a Yankee fan is fun, especially when they are expected to win.
- "I was at the '69 World Series. I saw Tom Seaver pitch. I have his jersey here. You can only wear this in April and October because it's wool,” Debbie, 61 of Bay Ridge, said opening her thick coat to reveal her jersey. “My dad was a Brooklyn Dodger fan and you know, they closed Ebbets Field there was nothing for a while. Then when the Mets came it was like that was the savior.”
She also prefers the National League to the American league because of her aversion to the designated hitter rule. “I have a friend who's a Yankees fan and we have this fight all the time. Then you see Bumgarner getting two home runs in Opening Day,” she says referring to the pitcher for the San Francisco Giants. “It's like, yes, pitchers are athletes—they need to hit too.”
About baseball, she said, “It's America's pastime. It means summer's coming.” At this game it was about 30 degrees and she wore leather gloves to keep her hands warm while drinking a beer. “Normally it's a nice day at the ballpark—you're drinking beer, having a hot dog, having a good time. But April? Only the die-hards come in April. It's cold."
- Morgan Decker and Jimmi Fox are from Northern California. Decker is a San Francisco Giants fan, but her birthday gift for Fox was a pair of tickets to Yankee Stadium on Opening Day. Even though Decker isn't a Yankee fan, she and Fox agree that baseball is a family affair that they both grew up with.
- Twin brothers Dean and Vincent enjoy the game from the upper deck.
- Vincent Antonetti has been a Yankees fan since 1955 when legends like Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, and Whitey Ford donned the pinstripes. Antonetti said he's played and watched baseball his whole life.
- Brianna and Ryan were decked out in orange and blue. Ryan's bedroom even dons the colors of his beloved Mets.
- Luis Tenezaca is from Queens, but he loves the Yankees. He said that his favorite part about the Yankees is seeing the classic uniforms and meeting other fans at the game.
- Nadine is joined by a furry friend, Rickey, for Bark in the Park at Citi Field.
- Marta Schroop was at the last game at the old Yankee Stadium. Since then, she tries to show up every Opening Day.
- Kristen and her husband lined up with Beezer and Buddy, all wearing Mets gear for the game.
- Emily, Jennifer, and Alex Geller (left to right) started going to Yankee fans as infants. All three said that being at Yankee Stadium is a family ritual and tradition.