Day 2 in New York and for some stupid reason we decided to all wake up at 6am, which we weren’t anticipating. Though the early wake up did allow us to grab an early breakfast and tick a few things off the list before we made our way to Yankee Stadium to see my first game of baseball in the U.S.
City Kitchen for Breakfast
Well I can tick another item of the list… today I had a breakfast burrito to kick start the day!
Originally we had planned to stop by Rockefeller Center after the Yankees game to grab our tickets to Top of the Rock and lock our session time in, but given we had a few hours to kill before the Yankee Stadium Tour we walked to Rockefeller Center (and didn’t get lost now that Scott has been removed from navigation duties.)
Once at Rockefeller we walked around taking lots of photos, selfies and videos. Scott was excited about the Lego store, however for some reason the store didn’t open until 10am. We will doing a more in-depth walk around Rockefeller Center when we go back for the Top of the Rock and hopefully grab a few beers at the Summer Garden, which has replaced the ice rink from when Jessica and I were here last.
Hopefully we will be confirmation on our tickets for Jimmy Fallon on July 28 soon – as we are still on the waiting list, so fingers crossed!
Yankee Stadium Tour
It was about a year and a half ago since I was at Yankee Stadium doing the tour, this time I was looking forward to being able to walk off from the group (as I had heard all about the history the last time) to grab some photos and take in all the items a bit more. Once the tour started the guide asked the group where everyone is from… we won the competition as no one else was from as far away as us, however about 1/2 way through the tour, Scott ran into a guy wearing a North Melbourne tee (he must have joined the tour late), so the old man and Scott instantly gravitated towards him to give him crap about being a North supporter.
The tour was essentially the same as last time, starting off in the museum then heading to Monument Park, however this time we were unable to go into the dugout as there was a game on.
Even though I have been here before it was still great to take it all in again and go through the history of not only one of the most successful baseball teams of all time, but also one of the most successful and recognisable sporting team ever. Can’t wait for Cooperstown as I feel the Yankee museum is only taste of what’s to come.
The tour finished at the Yankees Shop where I may have bought another cap… I needed a new NYY official cap, plus I bought a few official game day baseballs for the office at work and at home.
Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees
Once we had finished shopping it was time to find our seats, at this stage though the game was still about 1.5 hours away from starting. So we did what anyone would do, grabbed a few Bud Lights – turns out they need to ask everyone for ID when buying beer, even the old man was asked, but he says it’s was because the old duck serving us wanted to know how old he was… We then relaxed on the balcony with a few beers taking in the sights of a near empty Yankee stadium and watched it fill up.
I was definitely excited for the first pitch, I have been waiting a long time to be able to get to the U.S to watch a baseball game and what better place to see your first game than at Yankee Stadium. Within the first inning we made friends with a guy sitting next to me, obviously our Aussie accent sticks out in the middle of New York, we talked a lot of shop about baseball and once we had finished our beers our new mate insisted on buying us a beer, which is when I go my hands on the biggest can of beer I have ever seen!
There were 42,000+ in attendance at the game which is a near sell out for Domain Stadium, however as you can see from the photo above the stadium was probably at about 2/3 capacity. Can’t wait to see the stadium packed when we are back for a subway series game with the Yankees v Mets.
It was disappointing though that there were no dingers in the game, which was quite surprising given CC was pitching – as he has been serving up pies all season long so far. Baltimore were in control from the very start of the game scoring 2 runs in the first and then adding another couple in the 7th to put the game out of reach for the Yanks. Hopefully the Yanks can put up more of a fight at the next Yankees game as I want to see Happy Chappy come in to close the game throwing 105mph – for those playing at home this guy consistently throws the ball at 160+kph and has thrown one pitch at 168kph just a few days ago… good luck trying to hit that!
Definite a highlight of the game (which Mother would have loved) was during a change of inning when the grounds crew dance to the YMCA as it is belted throughout the stadium. I took some video of this but you will have to wait until I put together my trip video to see it.
Dinner time: We needed to grab some eats to soak up a few of the beers we had consumed. One great thing about the Row Hotel NYC is that it is right across the road from the Shake Shack.
Jessica and I were fans of the Shake Shake last time we were in town, so Scott and the old man were keen to see what it was all about. After waiting in line for about 20 mins (yep the line was out the door) and then waiting about 15 mins for our order we headed back to the hotel to relax and eat out meals.
Tomorrow we will be on our way to Albany for the Hall of Fame weekend!