Fans predict Wild Card Yankees vs Red Sox game
CONTEST, The Bronx – For Yankees fans in the Tri-State and around the world, there’s a simple three-word prediction for the Bronx Bombers’ tie-breaker game against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night – a fan is in. hoping they will hear broadcaster John Sterling exclaim at the end of the match: “Theeee Yankees win!
Joe Vega, from New York, was at the Yankees Clubhouse store near Times Square buying a gift card for his son early Tuesday afternoon.
“My dad was a fan,” he said, “and I’ve been a fan since Mickey Mantle was in his dying days.”
Mantle, one of more than five dozen Yankees Hall of Fame members, retired in 1969.
Vega said he knew the Bombers would beat the Sox. The Spinelli family agreed. They had come to the Clubhouse store while on vacation from their home in Cape Coral, Florida.
They had also played in the Yankees’ last regular season game a few days earlier.
Their eldest child, who is nine, secured a victory over Boston at Fenway Park
“I know the Yankees will win,” she said. “I just feel it.”
One person who didn’t feel the same confidence in the Yankees team was Mayor Bill de Blasio. Yes, the mayor of New York.
“I’m very neutral,” de Blasio said, during an appearance on NY1’s “Inside City Hall” Monday night. “I’m not even sure – I don’t even know there’s a game at 8:00 pm tomorrow night, okay?” He said jokingly.
The mayor is a longtime Red Sox fan. For this crucial series against Boston, he tried, vaguely, to cover up his loyalty.
“May the best team win,” he said on Monday.
As the mayor noted, Tuesday night’s American League wild card game is scheduled for 8 pm; the winner advances to the American League Divisional Series.
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