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Yankees, Mets Make Opening Day History [POLL]

When both the Yankees and Mets open their respective seasons at home on Monday they will making history.

Yankee Stadium
Yankee Stadium ( Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

It will be the first time that both teams have started their season simultaneously as the Yankees and Red Sox start at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium  and then the Mets and Padres get underway five minutes later in Queens.

According to the New York Post, this will be the first time since 1956 that two New York teams have opened the season at home on the same day. It was April 18, 1956 when the Giants hosted the Phillies at the Polo Grounds while the Dodgers and Pirates began the season at Ebbets Field, the next-to-last season both teams would play in New York before heading west.

Not everyone is happy about it the double opening day.

“Our feeling is that while it’s not ideal to have both teams opening at home on the same day at the same time, it’s also an interesting opportunity to have the entire city and the surrounding area celebrate Opening Day in New York regardless of which particular team you follow,” David Howard, the Mets’ executive vice president of business operations told Newsday. “We think there’s actually some upside to it even though, again, we wouldn’t have chosen it.”

Citi Field
Citi Field (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Katy Feeney, Major League Baseball’s senior vice president for scheduling and club relations, explained to the New York Times that the move of the Houston Astros to the American League  caused a change to the formula used to come up with a schedule.

A change in policy spreads interleague play out throughout the season the fact that the  date of the All-Star Game, which is at Citi Field, has been chaned to the third Tuesday in July also played parts in the schedule winding up with the two New York teams at home on Opening Day.

“Nobody is particularly happy about it,” said Feeney.  “But it’s unlikely to happen again anytime soon.”

But some will just deal with it. “It’s historic and exciting,” David Wright tells the Daily News. “If you’re a New York baseball fan, come on, tomorrow is going to be a pretty cool day.”

Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who grew up outside Boston,  will be attending both games. He’ll start off with the Yankees and travel the 10 miles to Citi Field.

 

The New York Daily News put together a list of how things have changed since 1956 for baseball in New York.

How does Opening Day in New York compare today with 1956?

Number of baseball teams in New York:

1956: 3

2013: 2

Hot dog:

1956: 5 cents

2013: $6.25

Most expensive seat:

1956: $3 (Ebbets Field)

2013: $300 (Yankee Stadium)

Highest paid player:

1956: Duke Snyder, $44,000 (Brooklyn Dodgers)

2013: Alex Rodriguez, $29 million (New York Yankees)

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