Celebrity sports fans from the Hudson Valley
Baseball season is upon us, and when it comes to cheering on their favorite teams, celebrities really are just like us! True, their seats might be a little closer to the action, but that doesn't make them any less likely to cheer a game-winning homer or boo a bad call. Here's a list of some of the biggest and most notable sports fans with Hudson Valley connections. -Compiled by Chris Serico and Kirthana Ramisetti
Jimmy Fallon, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox: Forgive the "Late Night" host if he’s a bit conflicted: A Saugerties High School grad, Fallon called himself a Sox fan after playing one in the movie "Fever Pitch" (pictured), but he grew up rooting for the Yanks, and has recently called Derek Jeter his favorite player.
Bill Murray, Chicago Cubs and Hudson Valley Renegades: The Palisades resident is not only a devout fan of the Cubbies, but also is part-owner of several minor league baseball teams, including the Renegades, who play their home games in Wappingers Falls.
Billy Joel is on next week's episode of "American Restoration," billed as a "special" one-hour one, in which the show and Dale get to restore a BSA Royal Star, circa 1967.
Richard Gere, Yankees: The Pound Ridge resident is a lifelong Yankees fan, and threw the ceremonial first pitch at one of the team's spring training games in 2013 (pictured here).
Edie Falco, Knicks: A former Purchase College student, the Emmy-winning star of "Nurse Jackie" and "The Sopranos" has been spotted cheering on the Knicks from the front row of Madison Square Garden. (Here she is pictured with her son Anderson while watching a Knicks home game in 2012.)
Howard Stern, Knicks fan: Although the shock jock and self-proclaimed "King of All Media" has admitted he’s not the biggest sports fan, Stern -- who kicked off his professional DJ career in Briarcliff Manor -- has said he enjoys watching the action from his courtside seat at Madison Square Garden. (Here he is pictured with wife Beth Ostrosky at a Knicks home game in 2012.)
Ben Stiller, Knicks: The Chappaqua homeowner isn't just someone who goes to Madison Square Garden to be seen. Stiller, a native New Yorker, often takes to Twitter to weigh in on Knicks games. (Here he is pictured with wife Christine Taylor watching a Knicks home game in 2012.)
Jay-Z and Beyonce, Brooklyn Nets: The power couple, who got their marriage license in Scarsdale, have a little extra incentive when it comes to their basketball rooting interest: Jay-Z is a former part-owner of the Brooklyn franchise.
Mike Myers, Toronto Maple Leafs: The star of the ?Austin Powers? trilogy and former Pound Ridge homeowner has worn his rooting interests on his sleeve, sometimes sporting a Leafs jersey during the closing credits of "Saturday Night Live" (as pictured here).
David Letterman, auto racing: The "Late Show" host and North Salem resident has joked about his speeding tickets, but prefers to let members of his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team find the need for speed (seen here at the 2010 Indianapolis 500).
Steven Tyler, Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins: Despite growing up in Yonkers -- fewer than 10 miles from Yankee Stadium -- Tyler's rooting interests play in Beantown. (Here he's pictured singing the National Anthem before the 2012 AFC Championship game between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens.)
Kate Mara, New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers: The Bedford native and "House of Cards" star's rooting roots run deep, largely due to her family tree: She's a great-granddaughter of Giants founder Tim Mara on her father's side and of Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr. on her mother's.
Keith Olbermann, baseball: Raised in Hastings, the former "SportsCenter" anchor often shares his baseball knowledge and opinions on Twitter.
Denzel Washington, Yankees: The Oscar-winning actor, who was raised in Mount Vernon, is a longtime Yankees fan. In 2010, he proved his fandom when he faced off against Yankees' pitcher CC Sabathia in a Yankees trivia quiz on "The Jay Leno Show," during which Washington beat Sabathia, 4-2.
Liam Neeson, Rangers: The actor, who owns a home in Millbrook, is an avid fan of New York City's "Original Six" hockey team. Neeson is often spotted at games and sometimes makes it a family affair, bringing along his two sons and mother-in-law Vanessa Redgrave. In 2010, he told ESPN that the sports team that he would be most happy to see win a championship was the Rangers.
Tim Robbins, Rangers: The Oscar-winning actor and former Pound Ridge resident frequently attends Rangers games. He often cheered on the team with partner Susan Sarandon, before the two split up in 2009.