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NEW YORK, N.Y. - Wearing a navy blue New York Yankees shirt, Jonathan Freedman lined up with other fans outside Gate 2 on Jerome Avenue and East 164th Street. Once he reached the front of the single-file line, he emptied his pockets into a plastic bin and was ushered through a metal detector. Welcome to Yankee Stadium, where security measures now resemble those at the airport. And starting next season, that will be the case at every ballpark in the big leagues. As part of Major League Baseballs security plan, metal detectors were added at some Yankee Stadium gates beginning Tuesday night, when New York hosted the Houston Astros. MLB has been working with the Department of Homeland Security to co-ordinate safety procedures, and all 30 big league parks will have metal detectors by opening day 2015. The Yankees tried to prepare fans for the change, announcing last Friday they would start implementing the new system on this homestand. It will remain in place for the rest of the season. Other stadiums have already put the metal detectors in place, too. "Im currently living abroad in Israel, so Im very proud that they have security here. Its been needed for a long time," the 30-year-old Freedman said. "It took a half a second. It was really fast and thorough and they were very courteous. ... All professional. It was all well done." Fans were asked to take cellphones and large metal objects out of their pockets before walking through the detectors to enter the ballpark. Those who didnt want to pass through the detectors could choose to be checked by security personnel with a hand-held device. "It wasnt that terrible," said Matt Lurin, 48. "I think in the past when we used to have to take our hats off and show nothing was underside, and take our stuff out of the pockets, it was the same thing. Youre less leaving this to chance now. You have a place to put your metal items. They slid it right by and we walked through. It was no problem." But what about when its a sellout crowd for a playoff game? Could delays become aggravating? "I think itll be fine. I used to find it strange when they asked me to take my wallet out, and I really dont feel comfortable taking my wallet out in the middle of the Bronx for no reason," Lurin said. "Now they give me a little thing, I put it right in, and it slides right over. Its on the table and I can see whats going on. It seems fine." About 30 minutes before the first pitch, the line was moving quickly and few fans were grumbling. At least not out loud. "Its frustrating when you see the door 5 feet away and theyre making you wait to go through, but other than that I havent heard any complaints," Lurin said. One security guard, however, mentioned that fans kept forgetting their bags, keys, wallets or phones in the bins as they headed toward the turnstiles after passing through the metal detector. 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