WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – With spring training under way, many Northern Westchester residents are talking about Yankees staple Derek Jeter’s farewell season – even a Red Sox fan.
Paul Boudreau, who lives in Mount Kisco and owns property in New Hampshire, said he doesn’t like some of the trades his Red Sox have made during the last few years, but especially some of the players it has let go to its chief rival.
“I feel like the Red Sox have become a training ground for the Yankees,” he said, still blistering over the loss of Johnny Damon and Kevin Youkillis. “It’s the last stop left before making a name for yourself.”
Frustrated by his team’s prospects, Boudreau said he is becoming a Mets fan. While he said he could never be a Yankees fan, he said he will tip his cap to Jeter when the Yankees play their final game of the regular season at Fenway Park.
Similarly, Joe Engel of Pound Ridge said he is a Mets fan at times. For him, it is to appease his client, the Mets. However, he is really a Yankee fan. The electrical engineer does work for the Mets, and, in return, gets invited to organization functions and even games.
Engel plans to be at opening day for the Mets March 31 when they square off against the Nationals at Citi Field. But, he said he always requests tickets to the subway series.
“When I’m in Citi Field, I’m a Mets fan because it’s just easier that way,” he said.
Like Engel, Atticus Sverke of Bedford said he is looking most forward to watching Jeter for one last season.
“I’ll watch the Yankees because of Jeter,” he said. “He’s been a class act.”
John Jessup of Pound Ridge said he likes the Yankees' chances, citing its strong outfield and the addition of
Masahiro Tanaka, who debuted March 1 in an exhibition game against the Philadelphia Phillies. He struck out three in two innings of work in a 4-0 win. The Japanese sensation signed a seven-year, $155 million contract in January.