When Jason Bay moved to New York recently, he might have picked a gated community with long driveways leading to hidden houses. Instead, the Mets outfielder picked the Village of Larchmont, where homes are mostly a few feet from their neighbors and passersby can wave hi as they stroll by on the way to the post office, park or library.
The upshot, fans are already sending him love notes in creative ways, as chronicled on May 1 by New York Times columnist Alina Tugend, a Larchmont resident:
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There was a certain buzz at the dinner table a few months ago. My sons had heard that the new Mets left fielder, Jason Bay, was considering moving to our town of Larchmont from the Boston area, where he had played for the Red Sox. I barely paid attention, since baseball chatter around our house is constant background noise.
A few days later, they were talking about it again. One son claimed he and his friends walked past Mr. Bay’s house on the way to Hebrew school. But I was still fairly sure this was one of those false rumors that fly around a small community and gather steam as they hit the schools.
Then proof arrived, in the form of a tidbit my husband discovered on the Web site of Major League Baseball, which was then picked up by our local online newspaper, The Larchmont Gazette. Mr. Bay had indeed chosen our town over Connecticut — even though apparently all his friends had urged him to move to Greenwich, the ritzier community up north.