Since our entire group was spread throughout the city during the day, we all made a plan to meet on the platform for the 7 train at Grand Central Station. We somehow all - myself, Melissa, Jeremy, Roberto, Vince and Jeremy's friend Mariette - found each other easily and we were off to Queens to take in a game at Citi Field. We had the opportunity to watch a Subway Series game - Yankees vs. Mets.
Overall, I thought this two-year old stadium was much more enjoyable than the two-year old Yankee Stadium. We entered through the main stadium gate and into the Jackie Robinson Rotunda.
Since this is obviously a popular game for New York, these were the hardest tickets to come across - we sat in the upper deck area but the seats and view were fantastic. I sat next to two girls who had never been to a major league baseball game as they were visiting from Austria.
During the game, we headed to the outfield to grab some food at the famous Shake Shack - after a 30 minute wait in line (thanks to Melissa who bought us beer while we waited!), I grabbed the cheeseburger and cheese fries. The food was great, but I have to say In-N-Out has got them beat.
The game was low scoring (Yankees won 2-1), but the crowd was very enthusiastic. By the sound of the cheering - you could not tell who was the home team and who was visiting. You would frequently hear "Let's go Yankees!" immediately followed by a "Yankees Suck!" and the cheering for Derek Jeter was quickly muffled by all of the booing. One thing to say is that all of the fans, regardless of who they were rooting for, are passionate about their team...including these guys:
One other unique thing the stadium featured was orange foul poles:
Following the game, there was really only one option for a post-game drink - a bar attached the stadium called McFadden's (sound familiar?....Philly). We hurried over to the bar as the Sharks' game was just heading into overtime (now wishing I didn't have to watch that).
We walked back to the subway station to return to Manhattan - a few of us grabbed a quick drink in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood but then called it a night. Get a little break before the next game, but next stop is San Diego...
Stay tuned for a recap of the last couple of days in New York City.