Gov. Andrew Cuomo sneaked a fastball by us this week and got on the good side of millions of New York sports fans.

For the next month, New Yorkers can get a free ticket to a Mets or Yankees baseball game after getting a one-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine at either stadium, Cuomo announced Wednesday.

As an incentive for more people to get vaccinated against COVID, it’s an ingenious way to attract fans who love going to games but were deprived last year by the pandemic.

Yankee Stadium in the Bronx and Citi Field, the Mets home in Queens, have served as state-run mass vaccination sites for several weeks.

The Yankees will offer ticket vouchers to the first 1,000 fans who get vaccinated against COVID-19 on each full day of vaccination operations and to the first 700 fans on each half-day of vaccination operations through June 6. Ticket vouchers to Mets games will be given to the first 250 people who get a COVID vaccine at Citi Field the day of each scheduled home game from May 24 through June 17.

Thanks to the generosity of the Yankees and Mets, American sports took a big step toward normalcy. If you get a vaccine, they will give you a free ticket to the game and next time you go to the game and you’re vaccinated, you can enjoy the game sitting next to your friends or family.

Fans in the stands is a big part of the enjoyment of live sports. Now, thousands of Yankees and Mets fans from Greene and Columbia counties can get vaccinated and travel to New York for baseball.

It’s widely acknowledged by players and sportswriters that silence in vast baseball stadiums sapped the excitement and the game’s momentum shifts. This pandemic demands a release from a long lockdown. Baseball fans deserve something to cheer about.

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