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Buck Showalter's Quote About Getting Vaccinated Is Going Viral

Mets and Yankees line up before a game.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 11: A general view during ceremonies honoring the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks prior to a game between between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees at Citi Field on September 11, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

As a story unfolded that could have major ramifications across New York baseball, Buck Showalter delivered an important public service announcement.

On Tuesday, WFAN's Craig Carton said Mets and Yankees players won't be allowed to play home games at Citi Field or Yankee Stadium under current New York mandates.

Deesha Thosar and Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News confirmed this ruling.

These are the same ordinances currently preventing Kyrie Irving from competing at Barclays Center for Brooklyn Nets. He was allowed to attend Sunday's home game against the New York Knicks, but the Nets were fined for letting him inside their locker room.

Fans don't know which players have or have not received their vaccinations. One thing is for sure: Showalter will be ready to manage the Mets at Citi Field.

The 65-year-old skipper told reporters, per Newsday's Tim Heaney, that he's fully vaccinated and ready for his next booster shot.

Michael Scott is snickering somewhere, but this is a serious development for the Mets and Yankees.

This mandate could block players from competing in at least half of the 162-game schedule. Unvaccinated Yankees players also won't be able to play at Rogers Centre, home of the AL East rival Toronto Blue Jays.

Of course, there's an easy fix. Everyone can follow Showalter's lead. If they're scared, they can even pick the arm and location of the shot.

Per Umair Irfan of Vox, a Commonwealth Fund study estimated that COVID-19 vaccines prevented 1.1 million hospitalizations and over 240,000 deaths from December 12, 2020, and June 30, 2021, the height of the delta variant. Without vaccines, cases would have gotten far worse when Omicron hit.

The current rules may be confusing and aggravating for New York sports teams, but it'll be more frustrating if players ignore science and let it become an issue.