Raimond van der Gouw got an up close look at a big league ballclub in his first time at the ballpark.
The former Manchester United goalkeeper watched from the field as the Yankees took batting practice before they played the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night.
''I'm a sportsman, so I like to see a game,'' van der Gouw said. ''I'm really looking forward to this.''
He was visiting New York with his family and landed tickets through an acquaintance. The Yankees brought the 49-year-old Dutchman and his family onto the field, then gave him a tour of the stadium, including the broadcast booth, press box and the requisite stop at Monument Park.
Van der Gouw played parts of six seasons with Manchester United, the English Premier League soccer team often compared to the Yankees for its success, and worldwide fan support. The Yankees have also embraced soccer recently. European champion Chelsea is set to play an exhibition against Paris Saint-Germain on July 22 in the first soccer game at t...