Yankees doing their part to grow the game while in London

Julian Bysouth traveled often on vacation from England to the United States, which is how he happened to be in a bar in St. Mark’s Place on Oct. 21, 2000, and found himself transfixed by what everyone was fervently watching that evening.

That would be Game 1 of the 2000 World Series, Mets-Yankees. That would start a love affair with baseball — specifically the Yankees — that would have the London native standing on Thursday afternoon 3,500 miles from that bar wearing an Andy Pettitte jersey while in front of the Yankee who started that Subway Series Game 1 — that would be Andy Pettitte.

Bysouth had an interlocking “NY” tattoo on his right wrist and his 8-year-old son, Shea — yeah, like the stadium — standing by his side.

It was the it’s-a-small-world dream snapshot for MLB.

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