It’s a beach

The last two games I have been to at Yankee Stadium I have not bothered to write about, the first I waited too long, the second was only memorable in that it wasn’t memorable at all. When I got home I was trying to find one memorable thing to say besides, it was so hot. Strawberry daiquiris are good – and strong. Except, I may be confused about the dates and number of games. That happens sometimes.

July 2 was the date and it was so hot I got a frozen strawberry daiquiri, I made a comment about I would need to drink it slow because it was so frozen and icy, then an hour later I was looking at the bottom of the empty glass and wondering if I should get another. The other things I remember are, my bison jerky had been chewed on (probably by a little furred creature), we got to the stadium too late to get a Lou Gehrig bobblehead, the Yankees lost and on the way home I got caught in the rain. On the plus side I got to see Em and Gwen and Gwen’s friend and we got to go to dinner. Which is why I got caught in the rain, if I had gone straight home, of course I didn’t because, dinner.

My last three baseball games have been minor league games. I finally got Em to come to one, opening day in June. Then I went to the game on July 4th, that was a last minute decision because my other plans got cancelled. I would much rather sit in a baseball stadium and watch fireworks than stand or sit in a field. I also went July 6th & 7th. July 7th was a double header which made for a very late night, and on the subway home some people were playing charades. Only in New York.

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Keeping score

At the Staten Island Yankee game Sarah got a playbook for us. Inside was a score sheet, she wanted to keep score so I gave her some tips, helped her along. I promised to give her my extra score book, but I couldn’t find it. However, her keeping score rekindled my interest in keeping score so I started again. Since I have an iPhone, I wondered if there was a score keeping app.

I actually found 3 and decided to stick with this one. It’s pretty easy to use, it has a few kinks and I am still learning the ins and outs of it, but it’s pretty fun. After you finish the game you can print a report that looks a lot like the box score and summary on the MLB.com website. The first time I scored a game it printed out perfectly, the second time it was a little messed up. Still for my purposes, which is just to keep track for my own enjoyment, it is perfect.

Baby Bombers Part 3

Sarah decided I shouldn’t be alone all of Labor Day weekend so she came down to visit me on Saturday. I told her mom I was going to take her on the ferry because she likes boats and the water. During the week Em sent me an e-mail about a Groupon for the SI Yankees game on Saturday, did she want me to buy tickets for Sarah and me? So I said, “Yes.” The package was game tickets, all you can eat with all you can drink soda or bottled water, free ice cream and a free hat.

We caught the ferry a bit early because Sarah wanted to walk around a bit and see what was there, as a public service I would like to tell everyone, in that section of Staten Island, there is nothing to see, the stadium and the ferry station are all. Except a little strip mall with a few restaurants (and I am using the word restaurant loosely), a laundromat and a small convenience store. We were way too early, so we stopped at a little Italian place and got some garlic knots and soda, the guy was pretty friendly, wearing a Mets hat, which I told him I liked, he asked, Are you a Mets fan? I showed him my shirt, but it broke the ice and he was friendly and let us sit there as long as we wanted. He told us this funny story, his wife asked him what’s the happiest day of your life. He said, that was easy, the day my daughter was born. What was the 2nd happiest day: the day the Mets won the World Series; the 3rd happiest day: the day the Giants won the Super Bowl. He says the list goes on, all these sports related events, then she got really quiet and he asked her, “What’s wrong?” She asked him, “Where on the list is the day you met me?” Oops.

We had to go to Will Call to get the tickets, which was no problem. Sarah just handed over the Groupon and he went in to back and brought out an envelope with all the stuff we needed. Then we hung around there waiting for the gates to open when all of a sudden security was telling everyone to step back and this car pulled up to the curb and out stepped Robinson Cano. He WALKED RIGHT PAST ME! He was saying hi to people and he had that smile that he always has, the man standing between me and him was not smiling. This one man boldly jumped forward and put his fist out and Cano fist bumped him. I was very excited, Sarah said, “Well that was kind of cool.” She also got an autograph from a player, I think she just wanted to get an autograph. I tried to get a picture of him signing her book but I wasn’t quick enough.

Something else that was kind of cool was “Home Run for life.” The players of each team lined up along the baselines, the Cyclones along the first base line and the SI Yankees along the 3rd base line. There was family standing at home plate and they told about the girl who fell off her bicycle and lacerated her liver, she was in the hospital for 18 days and had several operations to repair the damage. Now she was taking her ‘home run for life’. Scooter the Holy Cow held her hand and they ran around the bases, the players held out their hands and she got to slap (high five like) their hands as she ran past. It was one of those AWW moments.

We missed the fireworks. It was miss them or miss the ferry.

Oh and the SI Yankees lost, but they won on Sunday.

Baby Bombers II

The experience at the Staten Island Yankees game was so much fun I went back the next night. Actually I heard they were giving away free jerseys and Brett Gardner was going to be there (they were retiring his number). So I left work, rode on the ferry to Staten Island and bought a ticket, then stood in line. Brett was there, but he didn’t sign autographs, nor did he throw out the first pitch. Probably not allowed to.

The way they do it in Staten Island, you get a voucher for the jersey and then you go to get your jersey in the ‘giveaway’ section of the ballpark. I get over there and there is another line, but I have a voucher! So I can wait to get my jersey. So I got something to eat, went to my seats, watched the baby pitcher warm up and sign autographs (maybe that’s why these seats are more expensive), and then I thought, “What if they run out of my size?” I ran back up to the ‘giveaway’ section where there was a tiny line and a tiny amount of jerseys and yes, no more Adult Mediums. So I got a children’s XL, which fits. Which leads to the question, am I that skinny or are kids that ……..

The Staten Island Yankees won 10-1, one player hit a home run, at this park the home runs go over the fence into never never land, actually I think there is a road back there, but no seats, the seats end at the foul pole line. Weird. Then after the game, fire works! I didn’t know about the fireworks. Then another ride on the ferry, which had a lot of people wearing black jerseys.

Pros and Cons of A Ball ~ Monday, June 20, 2011

No not a ball, “A” ball, as in minor league baseball. I like going its fun. What I like: since its minor league, I am more relaxed, the outcome isn’t as important to me. The stadium is small (a foul ball flew over my head) so you are closer to the action. Dutchess Stadium is less then a 15 minute drive from my house and it doesn’t matter what lane I am in when leaving, I can get home easily whether I turn right or left. There is entertainment between innings. There are funny sound effects. You don’t have to drink beer out of a plastic cup, you can keep the can (yes I know). They have blue Gatorade (I’m addicted). Fireworks viewed through 3-D glasses are freaking awesome!!

Things I don’t like: The stadium is small (a foul ball flew over my head) so you are closer to the action. I don’t feel like I am at a “real” baseball game. The Heineken Light is in a can. There is a teenage boy (maybe early 20’s) walking around wearing a cowboy hat and carrying a stuffed hobby horse encouraging people to do the Wave (Besides not liking the Wave, I think it is poor form to do it when your team is losing). 5 foot tall raccoon Mascots walking around the stadium.

It was the home opener, and the Renegades lost to the Baby Yankees. I was texting and tweeting all through the game, things like, “Why are there kids playing baseball?” “The umpire is 20 years old.” “Now batting for the Yankees, the short stop #2, not Derek Jeter.” “#52 is pitching. Not CC Sabathia” “Where is David Robertson? We need strikes!” At the end of the game, Kasey sent me a text message, “Grown-up Yankees win”. Sarah and I were rooting against the home team. It felt strange. Then I gave the rest of my money to the firemen collecting outside the gates. Well one of them was wearing a Derek Jeter shirt. Need I say more?

~~ Yankees 5, Reds 3 ~~

Nova was great, picking up his 7th win. He held the Reds to 1 run over 8 innings. He was at bat 3 times but no hits. The other two runs came in the ninth inning when Ayala let a batter get on base, and then Logan hit Joey Votto with his first pitch. So Mariano came in and got his 18th save of the season.

Speaking of Mo. Does everyone in baseball think Mariano is a god? I was reading comments by Puppybone about him. He was saying how much respect he has for Mariano, how he is a mentor to him and defined the role of closer in baseball. And anther closer, whose name I don’t remember, can’t even remember what team it was, saying how good Mariano is and how he’s been that good for years.

~~ Questo è tutto, dice la principessa ~~ 😛