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Home Run Derby crowd frustrated over 7 Train suspension

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Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 1:42 pm | Updated: 2:02 pm, Tue Jul 16, 2013.

 “‘I would trade Matt Harvey for a Jamba Juice and a 7 Train right now’ — Mets fan on the LIRR,” David Kalan tweeted on Monday night after the Home Run Derby. 

What would ever make someone say that? 

Waiting for 7 train service to resume in brutally hot weather along with thousands of others from the derby’s sold-out crowd.

An MTA spokesperson said an electric fire under the elevated structure at 103rd street between 10:50 and 11:40 p.m. caused the suspension. The derby ended as the fire began, and after an ad campaign that told fans to “take the train to the game.” 

Attendees shared their frustrations and suggestions on Twitter, which included walking to the Holiday Inn for air conditioning or to 74th street for the E or F train. Andrew Vazzano tweeted, “Stuck at Citi because of no 7 Line? MTA says take the Q66 bus.” 

“Crowd now booing security, and yelling at them to let everyone through. This will get bad soon,” Reid Fishler tweeted. 

Brian Shtab attended the derby and said, “So many people were there and it was so humid. It was pretty packed — you kind of had to push through a little bit. You could see everyone sweating — it was gross, but it was the Home Run Derby so it was great.”

Kalan also tweeted, “Announcement of extra train arriving faster at LIRR station elicits loud cheers. This has been surprisingly calm all things considered.” 

 “Thank you, MTA, for making me retroactively not regret missing out on the Home Run Derby,” Maggie Wiggin tweeted.

A tweeter named Christopher wrote, “I parked on Roosevelt Avenue and 111th. So basically, I won the Home Run Derby.” 

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