The ceremonies have started and the players are being introduced. You won’t be surprised to find out that the Yankees players and coaches in the game have been roundly cheered, or that the long Red Sox representative, outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin, has been roundly booed. Mets players also got warm receptions.
It’s a bit odd to hear the Yankee PA announcer intoning "Midland Rockhounds" and "Montgomery Biscuits" the same way he might introduce the Yankees starting lineup as well.
From Manuel, down below:
"For whatever reason, I thought the Futures Game in Yankee Stadium might be the event’s coming of age, but so far, with the game about seven minutes from starting, the stands are sparse. MLB officials were commenting that security around the park is very tight, perhaps stifling some walk-up attendees, but it will be a disappointment if the Futures Game continues to be just a niche part of the All-Star Weekend and doesn’t evolve into a bigger deal now that it is in its 10th season. The fans here include some Mets fans who gave Fernando Martinez, the organization’s top prospect, a nice ovation when he was introduced, but former Mets manager Davey Johnson, skipper of Team USA, got more recognition. Same for former Yankees first baseman Tino Martinez, managing the World team."
I agree with John that it’s surprising we don’t have more people in the stands right now, but it’s a pretty early start and Yankee Stadium is cavernous, so I think it will look better as the day goes on. Though we purists find it hard to believe, a lot of people arrive late for the Futures Game and care more about the celebrity softball game to follow.
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