NEW YORK—Hundreds of Yankee fans gathered at a rainy Times Square on Wednesday for a pep rally for the world's winningest baseball team before Game 1 of the 2009 World Series.
The pep rally was hosted by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
“Are you ready to see the trophy come back to where it belongs, New York?" Bloomberg said.
Hailey Harris, 35, joined the crowd in the pouring rain showing excitement, support, and dedication for her home team. Harris, a substitute teacher, joined the pep rally on her day off from work, having heard about it on radio and television.
“It was very cool to see a lot of the fans that came out despite of the rain, despite of the traffic. This is great, I'm exited," Harris said.
She has been a big Yankees fan ever since she was a child, mainly due to her father’s devotion for the team.
“My father is the biggest Yankee fan in the world, the biggest.”
Although she was only ten at the time, memories of the first Yankee’s game remain vivid. “It being full… it being loud… and I was like wow, great!”
Reggie Jackson, nicknamed Mr. October, for his clutch hitting in the post season, spoke at the rally. Jackson, a former right fielder for the Yankees from 1977-1981 said, making a reference to the Big Apple, “A special place and a special time, it doesn’t matter if it’s raining, or it's cold, or what the weather is like. New York supports its team.”
Spirits were high at the pep rally, with many diehard fans convinced that the Yankee's will pull out a winner over the Philadelphia Phillies.
“They are the best, they are the best in the world. Come on, 27, this is going to be our 27th, that’s what I’m talking about," Harris said.