The Yankees played their home opener against the Orioles Monday afternoon, and according to a new poll, fans of the Bronx Bombers are optimistic about the 2014 season. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.
There's no doubt Yankee fans have had a love affair with Derek Jeter ever since he joined the team in 1995.
"He's a good guy you know. He's an awesome outstanding player," said one Yankees fan.
"One of the best ever, not only as a ballplayer but as a person," noted another Yankees fan.
With the Yankee captain announcing he is retiring after this season, a majority of the Bombers' faithful stand by his choice.
According to a NY1/New York Times/Siena College Poll, 59 percent of those surveyed felt Jeter was making the right decision, while just nine percent suggested he should have delayed his retirement. Only eight percent said the Yankee shortstop should have retired sooner.
"This was the right time to go hopefully he will go out with a bang," said one Yankees fan.
"I think it's good to leave while you got a chance, I think he's good but just bow out now, gracefully," said another Yankees fan.
On the flipside is Alex Rodriguez. The Yankees' third basemen is suspended for the season by Major League Baseball after he was accused of using performance enhancing drugs.
When asked about the impact of having A-Rod out of the lineup this season 22 percent of those polled thought it would hurt the team's chances of making the playoffs, eight percent thought it might actually help the pinstripers, and 47 percent said it wouldn't have much effect at all.
"I don't think A-Rod can help or hurt if he's off the field," said on Yankees fan.
"I don't think it will have any impact at all," noted another fan.
So how are the Yanks going to do this season? Forty percent of those polled are optimistic, saying the team will do well and make the playoffs. Twenty-eight percent thought they would do okay but are not headed to the post-season.
Only seven percent said they would have more losses than wins.
"I think we are going to make the playoffs," said one Yankees fan.
"I think once the season gets going they will be in good shape," said another Yankees fan.
"I think they are going to win the World Series," said a third Yankees fan.
If the Yankees do go all the way that would give Derek Jeter a sixth World Series ring.