By JONATHAN DALTON NEW YORK (AP) There’s nothing like the sight of your favorite New York team’s mascot on the field, and for the Yankees fans who watched Monday night’s game at Yankee Stadium, the sight was a welcome one.
For the second time this year, New York native and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited the diamond, where he had a few brief words with Mets owner Jeff Wilpon before being taken backstage by Mets manager Terry Collins.
Bloomberg was greeted by the Mets’ players and coaches, and the Yankees’ players, who had a good time chatting with him, and were soon getting back to business as usual.
But the excitement from the Yankees and Mets fans at Yankee stadium is just one part of the excitement surrounding the opening of the Diamond, a brand-new ballpark for the New York Giants.
The Diamond, which opened in March, is the first major league ballpark to open to the public in the United States in more than two decades, and it will be the first to feature a full-field dugout and retractable roof.
The first game at the new ballpark will be Sept. 17, with the Mets playing the visiting Chicago Cubs at 3 p.m.
“I think we’re ready for the game to start,” Collins said.
“We just need to get some of the guys in the dugout out there and let the excitement go a little bit.
We’ll be ready for them.”
The Mets and Yankees will meet again for a game on Oct. 4 in the Bronx.
That game is scheduled for 6:05 p.t., and Collins said that will be one of the most-watched games in team history.