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Smooth sailing to Mets and Yankees games

Smooth sailing to Mets and Yankees games

NEW YORK -- Getting to the ballparks in Queens and the Bronx just got a lot easier for New Yorkers.

Delta, the official airline sponsor of the Mets and the Yankees, is teaming up with New York Water Taxi to provide complimentary transportation from Pier 11 in Manhattan to all games at Citi Field and Yankee Stadium through the rest of the 2010 season.

On Tuesday, Mets right fielder Jeff Francoeur and former Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams were on hand to christen the two taxis -- one devoted to each team.

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"Only in New York can you take boats to the stadium and walk right up," Francoeur said. "It's a neat idea."

Although Francoeur and Williams may be more accustomed to wielding a bat than a bottle of champagne, the christenings went off without a hitch -- unless you count a little splashback.

"I was such a rookie. I got soaked," Williams said afterward with a laugh. "That's the first time I've ever done something like that."

"Considering I'm all wet, hopefully I won't smell like champagne when I get to the field," said Francoeur, whose Mets host the Dodgers in a doubleheader on Tuesday. "They'll think I've been drinking all day."

The Mets' water taxi will embark on its maiden voyage on Tuesday afternoon, bringing fans to Citi Field in time for the nightcap of the doubleheader. The Yankees' taxi will start ferrying fans this Friday, when the Bombers return home to host the White Sox.

During the course of the season, the taxis will leave 90 minutes before game time and arrive at least 30 minutes before first pitch. There will be no return service.

The water taxis, adorned with the team and Delta logos, are equipped with air conditioning, a bar and satellite television, and can accommodate 147 passengers. Tickets will be available up to two hours before departure, with a limited number available online at www.nywatertaxi.com.

"It's perfect for the fans. I saw the inside of the boats; it's great," said Williams, who was once again proud to represent his former franchise. The five-time All-Star also threw out the first pitch at the Bombers' home opener two weeks ago.

"Representing the team in events like this is always an honor," he said.

Tim Britton is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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