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Peter Gopal Explains His Baseball Obsession ON THE BALL DIAMOND

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When I first emigrated to the U.S. from India to attend grad school in 1982, I found myself completely engrossed in watching WPIX out of New York. This local TV station was all about the New York Yankees, and as a lifelong sports nut, I was immediately hooked on baseball. Looking back on my foray into baseball, there really was no better team for me to become a fan of. The Yankees’ story is about two men in 1903 who purchased a down-and- out baseball team from Baltimore for $18,000, moved it to Manhattan, and began one of the most storied franchises in sports history. By the 1920s, they signed the Great Bambino himself, and to this day, Babe Ruth is synonymous with success. After 27 World Series Championships, the New York Yankees’ lore lives on through the hitting power of their Murderers’ Row, Lou Gehrig’s famous “luckiest man” speech, and the allure of their greatness in one of the most iconic cities in the world. And now that they are housed in a new stadium — the most expensive stadium in the country at $1.5 billion — attending Yankees games is even more exciting. I often attend games with my wife, Dr. Gopal, who isn’t a huge baseball nerd like me, but she does enjoy being at the ballpark. Last year, we had the pleasure of watching a game in the new stadium. One of the big changes is the addition of massive television screens to the field. Back in the ‘80s, if you missed a play, you were out of luck. But now, you can see every play multiple times on the TV screens and follow the statistics as they unfold. Of course, living in the area that we do now, there’s no way I could call myself a sports fan and not follow the Philadelphia Phillies. Thankfully, their encounters with the Yankees are few and far between, so I never have to worry about a conflict of interest. But I’m excited to see what they do this year, especially now that they signed star hitter Bryce Harper from the Washington Nationals this offseason.

The Newly Built Yankee Stadium

At our office, we have two Yankees fans, one Mets fan, and one Phillies fan, making our office a hodge-podge of allegiances. But to me, that’s what makes sports so interesting. As a fan, you never know what’s going to happen, but you’re sure to enjoy the highly competitive atmosphere. Every sport is live, full of action, and unpredictable, and at the beginning of every season, each team starts at zero. The possibilities of what could happen are unknown to even the most experienced analyst. As you settle in for a summer filled with peanuts, cracker jacks, and home runs, I wish whatever team you root for nothing but the best. If anything, I’m a baseball fan first and foremost. –Peter Gopal

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