Pandemic won’t stop diehard Yankee fan’s 45-year streak of attending home openers

A diehard Yankees fan says that he will not let the pandemic stop him from continuing his 45-year streak of attending home opener games.

News 12 Staff

Jul 27, 2020, 10:36 PM

Updated 1,362 days ago

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A diehard Yankees fan says that he will not let the pandemic stop him from continuing his 45-year streak of attending home opener games.
Major League Baseball has stated that fans will not be allowed in the stadiums because of COVID-19. But Bayonne native Steve Rosner says that he won’t be deterred from traveling to the Bronx for opening day.
“It’s my streak, so I make up the rules on how it goes. There will definitely be an asterisk next to it,” he says.
Rosner says that he wants to keep the streak alive by sitting outside Yankee Stadium on opening day and listening on the radio.
“I might put my own little history, as I come to think about it, my own little history touch and honor some of the other 45 games I was at,” Rosner says.
The streak started on April 11, 1975. Rosner was 16 years old and a junior in high school. He cut class with a friend to attend the game.
“The ironic thing in 1975 is the Yankee home opener took place at Shea Stadium because Yankee Stadium was under construction, I believe that year. So, my Yankees opening streak started at Shea Stadium,” Rosner says.
He says that some of his favorite home openers were the snow game in 1996 and Hideki Matsui’s debut in 2003.
“Hit a grand slam his first time up. That was pretty special,” Rosner says.
There have been some close calls to breaking the streak. Rosner is a sports agent and was representing football player Chris Long in the 2008 NFL Draft. Due to a rainout, the Yankees home opener ended up falling on the same day as an important draft meeting in Florida.
“I got to the stadium. I got there early. I stayed through five innings to make it official and then I went to Teterboro Airport and I took a private plane down…I walked in and I’ll always remember Coach [Bill] Belichick saying, ‘Good to see you made it on time, Steve. I heard you had some streak you had to keep going,’” Rosner says.
Photos: 2020 Yankees Spring Training
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While Rosner won’t be inside Yankee Stadium this year for the home opener, he says that whatever he ends up doing, he will still have the same feeling he did 45 years ago.
“At the end of the day, it’s Steve Rosner from Bayonne, New Jersey, who is a diehard Yankee fan,” he says.
The Yankees' home opener is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies. It had to be delayed because players from the Florida Marlins tested positive for COVID-19.


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