While standing around in the 9/11 line (not queue because apparently queue means cute – aaaw that’s so queue, really? WTF!) Anyways, in the line we were chatting about ice hocking and baseball and some old man next to us pipes up “You could go watch a baseball game, the seasons starts tonight”. OMG! *eyes as big as saucers* I have always day dreamt about being in New York during the Fall and seeing a baseball game where I can drink Budweiser out those big blue plastic cups, eat hotdogs and roasted nuts that I would buy from those vendors who walk up and down shouting “peanuuuuts, get ya peanuuts”. That night we booked tickets for the Wednesday game which would be the New York Yankees vs the Boston Red Sox! Not getting on the glorious Fenway Park tour in Boston became a distant memory because what could be ether than watching the Red Sox and the Yankees at the Yankee Stadium??
Secretly I will tell you that the Yankees are my 2nd team after the Red Sox but only because I really like the uniform, the crisp blue stripes on white is far nicer than the grey and red of the Red Sox aaaaaand the legendary Babe Ruth’s monument is at the stadium. My 2nd cousins all thought we were mad and should rather have booked to see a basket ball game but I really have no desire to see that, it’s either baseball or ice hockey for me!
The Yankee Stadium is in the Bronx so yay me I get to say that I’ve been to the Bronx now too! I learnt earlier on in the week that if I need directions it’s a lot easier to find and ask a NYPD officer because they are thee most helpful and pleasant people in New York (flutters eyelashes and smiles sweetly) We asked a group of 3 of them in the subway which train to catch to get to the Bronx and which street to get off at and the one proceeded to ask me if I had a gun. Shit, I didn’t know what to answer…. Is it a trick question or is the Bronx really that bad? He started laughing to which I relaxed and proudly stated that I’m from South Africa and not scared of anything. They were all charming and even indulged me by posing for a picture. Hehe, I swear I must have looked like I had something stuck in my eye the way I was fluttering them lashes.
The stadium is world class and we were so amazed at the entire experience. The crowd control is perfect, we didn’t stand in a line for longer than 5 minuets for ANYTHING, not even the restrooms. Hey? Ya, there’s an entrance, rows and rows of nice clean self flushing toilets, rows of basins and the exit on the opposite side! Ingenious I say! In and out in one flowing motion. There are miles all round of vendors that don’t just sell beer, hotdogs and merchandise but, and I kid you not… Pizza, chicken nuggets, Thai, Asian, Japanese, NY Grill which is steak and specialized sausage, Standard Beer bars, World Beer bars and then the normal hotdogs an peanuts. How’s that for service! My eyes goggled at all of this. But wait there’s more…. a 2nd inner row of portable vendors selling pretty much the same… Now I get why there are no lines – there’s so many options so everyone is catered for.
We grabbed a large Bud light in giant blue cups (whoop whoop) a dog which came in a cool little Yankees branded box and went off to our seats. The view, like all major stadiums gives you that instant inhale of breath that’s just at the top of your chest and your mouth drops open and Wooooooow! After I finished jumping up and down like a 6 year old and taking umpteen photos I sat to eat my now cold dog and started noticing little things like the sides of all the seats are branded with the very striking Yankees logo. There are NYPD officers everywhere and enough stadium staff to fill the field and all the vendors are in Yankee clothing only the colours are switched around – white stripe on blue and quite literally the majority if the stadium was all in Yankee attire. I had been warned not to wear my Red Sox top and when I asked a fellow supporter later why they weren’t wearing their Red Sox stuff I was told that “it’s not wise to take chances”.
The atmosphere was vibrant and positive and I swear I almost wanted to become one with the crowd all cheering and jeering but aside from just clapping I just watched and tried to take everything in.
It was freezing when the sun went down and the wind started up so after getting my hotdog & peanuts from one of the walking vendors *in my element now* I went in search of another Budweiser and hot chocolate for my Mom. I got all the way to the front of the line and realized that I didn’t have my ID on me (you get carded every time you buy a drink) thankfully the guy next to me stepped up and brought it for me 🙂 This was very sweet until the conversation took a turn to can I have your number. Eish buddy better luck next time.
The Red Sox won of course and I am so totally amazed that I got to go to a game and see these 2 teams, I feel like if I pinch myself I’ll wake up…