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Free-agent Stoudemire takes in a Yankee game

Phoenix Suns center Amar'e Stoudemire (Yankees Cap) takes

Phoenix Suns center Amar'e Stoudemire (Yankees Cap) takes in the game action between the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (July 4, 2010) Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

Amar'e Stoudemire's whirlwind New York City tour continued Sunday in the Bronx where he attended an afternoon Yankees game against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Stadium.

The 6-10 free agent - clad in the same navy blue Yankees hat he wore to Broadway show "Rock of Ages" Saturday night - arrived at the corner of Jerome Avenue and 161st Street in a black tinted Escalade about 20 minutes before the first pitch and left after the fourth inning.

Souvenir stand attendant Gerald Ramos shouted "Let's go Knicks!" as Stoudemire emerged from the SUV before the game, flanked by two young women and a man. Stoudemire's agent, Happy Walters, was also part of the group. Stoudemire, who received tickets to the game from Yankees reliever and pal Joba Chamberlain, entered the Stadium's Suite Entrance.

"I'm excited," he said about attending the game. "It's my first time. It's going to be a lot of fun."

Before attending the game, Stoudemire met with Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni, his former coach in Phoenix. D'Antoni wanted to meet with Stoudemire before Monday, when the Knicks will give a presentation to the free agent power forward at Madison Square Garden. The purpose of the meeting was to clear the air over any lingering problems from their time together in Phoenix.

Stoudemire didn't stay for the entire game at the Stadium.

Newsday, however, caught up with Stoudemire and his entourage as they exited the ballpark. Before he climbed back into his Escalade SUV, Stoudemire said his meeting on Sunday with D'Antoni "went great."

"It's possible I'll be reunited with him. It's possible," Stoudemire said. "But lunch was great. We had great conversation."

On Saturday night, Stoudemire talked about his possible future with the Knicks as he waited for his limo to pick him up from the Broadway show.

"I've talked to Carmelo Anthony that he needs to come out here," he told reporters. "I've talked to Tony Parker. Both guys are ready to join me if I decide to come here. So we will see if we can work it out."

But on Sunday, Stoudemire -- who will meet with the Knicks on Monday -- was far less talkative before the game. When asked what it would take to bring both Anthony and Parker to the Garden, Stoudemire replied, "It would take some thought process," before quickly darting into the VIP Legends Suite Club.

When asked by the YES Network on Sunday about the possibility of him and LeBron James playing together in New York, Stoudemire said: "I'm not sure what everybody's plans are."

Stoudemire told Newsday on Sunday that said his surgically-repaired left knee is not an issue.

"I feel great. Totally healthy," said Stoudemire, who missed almost all of the 2005-06 season following microfracture surgery.

Stoudemire showed great durability this past season, playing in all 82 games. He is a fitness and diet fanatic and spends a great deal of time working on keeping the muscles around the knee strong.

Ramos, who has sold souvenirs at the new and old Stadium for most of his adult life, said he's seen countless celebrities, like Jay-Z, Beyonce and Rachel Robinson, enter the Stadium from his sidewalk post.

"Let him come to the Knicks, please," the 57-year-old Bronx native, who lives around the corner from the Stadium, said. "I think the Knicks should get him. They have as good a shot as anybody else. I like him, I like him."

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