04/15/2015 03:51 pm ET Updated Apr 15, 2015

Mets Outfielder Curtis Granderson: Mets Roll Call Is A 'Sign Of Respect' To Yankee Fans

New York Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson stopped by HuffPost Live on Wednesday and weighed in on the roll call that cheering Mets fans initiated at Monday's opening day game against the Phillies, a move that some decried for being ripped from the Yankees' Bleacher Creatures.

The three-time all star, who once played for the Yankees himself, said the roll call, during which fans cheer for individual players until they are acknowledged, should be seen as a sign of reverence. He explained:

I think it should also be a sign of respect to the Yankee fans and what they did. They've taken something and people look forward to it. They acknowledge it, and I've noticed it in other ballparks outside of Citi Field, so it's definitely spreading outside of New York with other teams as well. You hear other players from other teams. So it's a tribute to the Yankee fans. It's definitely something they've done and made it popular, and everybody loves it.

Watch the full HuffPost Live interview with Curtis Granderson here.

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