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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.

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  1. 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.
  2. "Baseball brings people together," said Jon Carbone (right), a lifelong Yankee fan. "It's our country's pastime, but it brings people from all around the world together." #nycitylens
    "Baseball brings people together," said Jon Carbone (right), a lifelong Yankee fan. "It's our country's pastime, but it brings people from all around the world together." #nycitylens
  3. Patrick Donahue braved the cold winds in the upper deck to cheer on the Mets.
  4. "Let's Go Mets,” said Patrick (right), 53, of Astoria. “I'm a Mets fan—for the last 25 years, since I've been in New York. They're my team, I just want them to win. My first visit to Citi Field this season so I'm pretty excited." #nycitylens #mets #openingweek
    "Let's Go Mets,” said Patrick (right), 53, of Astoria. “I'm a Mets fan—for the last 25 years, since I've been in New York. They're my team, I just want them to win. My first visit to Citi Field this season so I'm pretty excited." #nycitylens #mets #openingweek
  5. 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.
  6. Mike Mansfield and his son, Mike Jr., are also life-long Yankee fans. "When you're at the ballpark, baseball is all your thinking about," Mansfield said. "For 3-4 hours, it's just Yankees baseball and nothing else." #nycitylens
    Mike Mansfield and his son, Mike Jr., are also life-long Yankee fans. "When you're at the ballpark, baseball is all your thinking about," Mansfield said. "For 3-4 hours, it's just Yankees baseball and nothing else." #nycitylens
  7. "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."
  8. Debbie was bundled up against the cold. She only gets to wear her wool Tom Seaver jersey a couple of times a year, so she didn't let the chilly winds get her down. •
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"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. •
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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." #nycitylens #mets #openingweek
    Debbie was bundled up against the cold. She only gets to wear her wool Tom Seaver jersey a couple of times a year, so she didn't let the chilly winds get her down. • • "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. • • 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." #nycitylens #mets #openingweek
  9. 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.
  10. For Morgan Decker and Jimmi Fox, Opening Day was their first trip to Yankee Stadium. "Baseball gives everybody some unity," Decker said. "When people are fighting, it gives people an outlet to forget about everything." #nycitylens
    For Morgan Decker and Jimmi Fox, Opening Day was their first trip to Yankee Stadium. "Baseball gives everybody some unity," Decker said. "When people are fighting, it gives people an outlet to forget about everything." #nycitylens
  11. Twin brothers Dean and Vincent enjoy the game from the upper deck.
  12. "For a long time we've been very big Mets fans and it's kind of part of our lives now,” said Dean (left), 16 of Commack, NY. “We make sure we always watch the games and always stay in touch with it.”
• “To us,” he said referring to his twin brother, Vincent (right), “it's not just a pastime, it's kind of our lives. Just to be here and just be with the fans and be with the team—it's just an honor to be watching this team do what it does. I'm hoping for a World Series—always a World Series." #nycitylens #mets #openingweek
    "For a long time we've been very big Mets fans and it's kind of part of our lives now,” said Dean (left), 16 of Commack, NY. “We make sure we always watch the games and always stay in touch with it.” • “To us,” he said referring to his twin brother, Vincent (right), “it's not just a pastime, it's kind of our lives. Just to be here and just be with the fans and be with the team—it's just an honor to be watching this team do what it does. I'm hoping for a World Series—always a World Series." #nycitylens #mets #openingweek
  13. 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.
  14. A Yankee fan for life, Vincent Antonetti has always loved baseball. "You get your mind off of what's going on in the real world and you worry about the game," Antonetti said. "Baseball gives us a way to clear our minds of all our worries. Everybody needs some entertainment in life." #nycitylens
    A Yankee fan for life, Vincent Antonetti has always loved baseball. "You get your mind off of what's going on in the real world and you worry about the game," Antonetti said. "Baseball gives us a way to clear our minds of all our worries. Everybody needs some entertainment in life." #nycitylens
  15. Brianna and Ryan were decked out in orange and blue. Ryan's bedroom even dons the colors of his beloved Mets.
  16. Brianna (left), 21, and Ryan (right), 18, both of Commack, NY stood bundled up on the Promenade level of Citi Field. “I love coming to the games because it's such a friendly environment,” said Brianna. “It's always so much fun to be connected with something that everyone has in common.” •

To Ryan, the Mets mean “literally everything.” "In my ranking it goes Mets,” he said as he held his hand level and about a foot above his head. Then lowering his hand as far as it could go and said, “and then everything else and then school.” •

They both find baseball to be a bit of an escape from an otherwise troubling world. “I think it's nice that you can come here and you can kind of just forget for a little while,” said Brianna. “This is a happy thing and you don't have to worry about life until the 9th inning is over.” #nycitylens #mets #openingweek
    Brianna (left), 21, and Ryan (right), 18, both of Commack, NY stood bundled up on the Promenade level of Citi Field. “I love coming to the games because it's such a friendly environment,” said Brianna. “It's always so much fun to be connected with something that everyone has in common.” • To Ryan, the Mets mean “literally everything.” "In my ranking it goes Mets,” he said as he held his hand level and about a foot above his head. Then lowering his hand as far as it could go and said, “and then everything else and then school.” • They both find baseball to be a bit of an escape from an otherwise troubling world. “I think it's nice that you can come here and you can kind of just forget for a little while,” said Brianna. “This is a happy thing and you don't have to worry about life until the 9th inning is over.” #nycitylens #mets #openingweek
  17. 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.
  18. Luis Tenezaca isn't a baseball fan, but he loves the Yankees because they're his hometown team. "No matter who you are or where you're from, you can come to the ballpark and enjoy the Yankees," Tenezaca said. "It's a great and exciting way to meet other fans." #nycitylens
    Luis Tenezaca isn't a baseball fan, but he loves the Yankees because they're his hometown team. "No matter who you are or where you're from, you can come to the ballpark and enjoy the Yankees," Tenezaca said. "It's a great and exciting way to meet other fans." #nycitylens
  19. Nadine is joined by a furry friend, Rickey, for Bark in the Park at Citi Field.
  20. Nadine (right) from Massapequa was lined up with a friend and her dog Rickey on Sunday’s game, which also happened to be a Bark in the Park day—where guests could get a special ticket and bring their furry canine friends. “I know a lot of people don't think it's the most exciting sport but that's because they don't understand the strategy,” she said about the baseball. “It's really the only sport that I'm passionate about.” #nycitylens #mets #openingweek
    Nadine (right) from Massapequa was lined up with a friend and her dog Rickey on Sunday’s game, which also happened to be a Bark in the Park day—where guests could get a special ticket and bring their furry canine friends. “I know a lot of people don't think it's the most exciting sport but that's because they don't understand the strategy,” she said about the baseball. “It's really the only sport that I'm passionate about.” #nycitylens #mets #openingweek
  21. Marta Schroop was at the last game at the old Yankee Stadium. Since then, she tries to show up every Opening Day.
  22. Marta Schroop grew up in New York, but she now lives outside Philadelphia. However, her love for the Yankees hasn't changed. "Being at the ballpark on a day like today shows our freedom to do things, Schroop said. "We can be safe and just enjoy a game." #nycitylens
    Marta Schroop grew up in New York, but she now lives outside Philadelphia. However, her love for the Yankees hasn't changed. "Being at the ballpark on a day like today shows our freedom to do things, Schroop said. "We can be safe and just enjoy a game." #nycitylens
  23. Kristen and her husband lined up with Beezer and Buddy, all wearing Mets gear for the game.
  24. Kristen (left), 37, from Westerleigh, Staten Island, waited in line with her husband and dogs Beezer and Buddy. "[The Mets are] how we connect,” she said referring to her husband. “It's just a great tradition, it's a great team, and a great city to root for. Baseball is all-American. Get your mind off things, have some good food, good time and watch a good game." #nycitylens #mets #openingweek
    Kristen (left), 37, from Westerleigh, Staten Island, waited in line with her husband and dogs Beezer and Buddy. "[The Mets are] how we connect,” she said referring to her husband. “It's just a great tradition, it's a great team, and a great city to root for. Baseball is all-American. Get your mind off things, have some good food, good time and watch a good game." #nycitylens #mets #openingweek
  25. 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.
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