Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Day 10, Part 1: Philadelphia Phillies at the New York Yankees

Part 1:

Today, we left Pittsburgh early in the morning and passed about 30 miles from Punxsutawney, but Jeannie saw her shadow and kept driving toward New York City.

About 3 p.m. we arrived at our hotel in Fort Lee, which is on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge and is about 6 miles from Yankee Stadium.

About 4:30, we began our drive to the ball park, but even with GPS, we took the wrong turn a couple of times. Sometimes, there is just a split second to go the right way, and we would go the wrong way. We were lucky we did not end up in Queens. So, a 20 minute drive took us an hour, but be got to Yankee Stadium about 5:30 and parked in the stadium parking garage for $23, which was not that bad a deal.

Jeannie got to a good location with two fingers in the air, but after 45 minutes, she had not had any luck. So, we found a bench and sat together, but she continued to have those two fingers in the air. A couple of scalpers passed by and gave us some delightful NY attitude when we told them we would really appreciate some free tickets.

Then this man of good karma Steven, came by and said he had two great tickets that he would sell for face value, $100. Upon hearing our counter offer, he said that this was NY, and nothing was free. We told him about our baseball trip, and slowly he came to believe that it would be good or lucky or destiny for him to just give us two tickets, and so he did.The tickets were great -- 5th row on the second level looking directly at 3rd base.

The National Anthem

We also took Steven's suggestion to order a Philly cheesesteak. A sign at the counter explained a specific way to order, but we did not understand it (having only eaten a cheesesteak once or twice in my life), so I called Mr. Chicago, Gregg F, for advice. He explained how to order and we enjoyed a cheesesteak. You should get one too if you ever visit Yankee Stadium.

Here is the first pitch.

The New York Yankees do not have a mascot, however Jeannie was able to get a picture with Peter, a hero of the NYPD

For the 7th inning stretch, the Yankees play a recording of Kate Smith singing "God Bless America" followed by "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

It is quite moving.

After the game --

We drove back to the hotel without getting lost -- good karma.

The very interesting Part 2 of the Yankee experience will be posted on Thursday -- hopefully.

Also, Yankees lost 6 to 3.


  1. This is were the jealousy starts kicking in! THE YANKEES! Yell for those Yankees for me and give Jeter and A-Rod a shot out for me! :)

  2. Is Stephen single? Jeannie, where were the cop's hands in that picture? He's NYC cute, too! DON'T come home and I think y'all should keep going until you reach the World Series! But, onward, to Tara and tell Scarlett, Rhett and Ashley hello. (I think Tara is still standing) Don't forget to go to the Varsity downtown on Georgia Tech campus. Love y'all. p.s. this is, by far, the greatest blog and adventure to follow.

  3. Hey Guys it's Steven...I just wanted to let you know that I checked out the site and it is awesome. I am so glad that I gave you the seats. It makes me feel good knowing that you were able to experience a yankee game in NYC. I told you that I believe that it was meant to be. It looks like you had a blast. Thanks for trying a cheesesteak. Go Giants.