Meet the Yankees’ fans who came out in 30-degree weather to celebrate MLB’s opening day

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Yankees Stadium.
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The New York Yankees were scheduled to have their Opening Day on Monday against the Houston Astros, but it was postponed to Tuesday, due to inclement weather. The weather for the postponed game was sunny, but it was a cold 30 degrees. However, that did not stop fans from attending.

We visited Yankee Stadium on Tuesday to talk with some of the hardcore Yankee fans who were there. While many were disappointed that the game was postponed, they were not about to miss it. Some even rescheduled their flights home.

Below, see some of the biggest fans that attended the home opener.


Entry gates into the stadium opened at 11 am, and by 11:15 am, fans were swarming the streets to enter the game.

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Some families make it a tradition to attend every home opener for the Yankees. Below, the Polio family has been attending the home openers for the past 40 years. “Our parents used to pull us out of school [for the game], and now we do the same with our kids,” they explained.

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The Polio family.
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Other fans traveled from out of state, such as the family pictured below who traveled from Texas. They had to change their flights home due to the game getting postponed — but “it was worth it!” they said.

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Adults were not the only fans — there were children decked out in Yankees gear everywhere.

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Steve Keller, Shawn Poling, and Ryan Poling.
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There were even babies who were attending their first game.

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The Epples have been attending games for many years.

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Gert and Robert Epple.
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They’ve been collecting pins for every game they attend. Her jacket was filled with opening day pins and other pins, such as one stating that she was there for Derek Jeter’s last home game in 2014.

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Gert and Robert Epple.
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This guy walked around sporting American flags, a blue wig, and a New York Yankees cape.

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The cold weather required fans to wear layers and bring blankets, but that did not hide their Yankee pride — this man brought a New York Yankees blanket that his daughter made him so he could stay warm and still represent his team.

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Hard core fans don’t miss a game. The group pictured below has been attending home games for the past 20 years. As this picture was taken, they yelled “the kids are supposed to be in school!”

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There were letterman jackets decked out with Yankees decor.

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Everywhere.

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The popular Yankees logo filled the streets as people flocked to the game.

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People were excited to watch the Yankees in their 116th home opener.

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The Yankees lost their home opener for the fourth year in a row, with a final score of 3-5. But the fans still love and support their team.

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