Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees make history at the London Stadium as Prince Harry and Meghan join 60,000 fans for baseball’s European debut
- On Saturday east London was transformed into a pocket of the United States
- The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees made baseball history in Stratford
- It was the first MLB game to be played in Europe and 60,00 fans watched on
- Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were in attendance
It is America’s oldest sport, and on Saturday east London was transformed into a pocket of the United States.
The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox met at the London Stadium for the first ever regular season game of Major League Baseball played in Europe in front of a sold-out crowd.
Attendees included Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Harry and Meghan stood with competitors from the Invictus Games, who performed the ceremonial first pitch.
The London Stadium is playing host to the first two MLB games in Europe this weekend
60,000 fans turned out to watch Saturday’s game between the Red Sox and the Yankees
Yankees’ Aaron Hicks celebrates a run as the New York side powered into an early lead
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex were in attendance in Stratford
The royals also spoke to the Yankees and Red Sox inside their dressing rooms, with Harry jokingly asking whether the Yankees needed an extra bowler.
Over 60,000 were in attendance, more than the number that will be at the two Cricket World Cup games in London this weekend combined. They indulged in the stereotypical baseball fare, with hot dogs, peanuts and popcorn being offered by specially trained hawkers walking up and down the stands.
Pre-game, Stratford was buzzing as America’s greatest pastime came to London. Fans soaked in the sun as this traditional summer sport coincided with the hottest day of the year in the United Kingdom – with temperatures reaching 33 degrees.
The success of the London Series, which saw tickets snapped up in 45 minutes, could see MLB bring more games to Europe. A huge 70 per cent of tickets were sold in Britain.
The Royal couple posed for a photo with the Red Sox players in the locker room before
The Boomstick hotdog is one of the many delights fans can get stuck into around the stadium
Red Sox players stand together before the action got underway in searing 30 degree heat
Colten Brewer throws a pitch as MLB made history in east London on Saturday evening
As it stands, 2020 will see the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals meet at the London Stadium in June. Sportsmail also understands the LLDC want to continue the partnership with MLB beyond a second year.
And commissioner Rob Manfred said on Saturday he’s keen to see more action in Europe – although it could take place outside London. ‘I would like to have sustained play in Europe,’ Manfred said.
‘I’m glad we’re coming back next year. I’d like to be back after that. But I am interested in having play in other cities in Europe.’