For a trip to Yankee Stadium that started on a down-note for this Yankees fan, it turned out to be a great day in Yankeeland, after all.
We ended up leaving the house about 15 minutes later than first planned. And, you know how that works when going to Yankee Stadium (from New Jersey). This means you get to the GWB 15 minutes later than usual. And, getting to the GWB 15 minutes later than planned can be the difference between zipping over the bridge or sitting in a mess.
We got the mess today. It took us about a half-hour to get across the bridge. Luckily, I take local streets right after the bridge – and that saves a ton of time. But, by the time I got to the parking garage between 162nd and 164th Streets, it was full to the roof – except for half of the first level that they keep closed off.
I knew that I needed a quick exit after the game – to relieve our baby-sitters. (I was at the game with my wife.) And, parking on the first floor was a must. So, I played the game:
Me, to the attendant waiving us up the parking ramps: “Can I park over there?” (Pointing to the first floor section that was closed off.)
The attendant: “No, that’s closed.”
Me: “But, I really want to park there.”
The attendant: “Ten bucks.”
So, for an additional $10 to the $13 to get in the garage, I was able to make up for getting stuck on the GWB. And, when it was time to go home, I was able to sail out of the lot.
And, the Yankees threw the leather around today like I was throwing around parking money.
A-Rod starting the run-down in the 1st – to nail Iguchi at the plate. A-Rod starting the DP in the 1st to end the inning. Guiel nailing Thome at 2nd in the 3rd. Melkly nailing Crede at home in the 6th. And, then the two DPs turned at the end of the game – in the 8th and 9th. When your margin of victory is two runs, and you throw out two runners at the plate, you’re doing something right.
In addition to the “D,” you had big homers (Jeter and A-Rod in the 1st) and big two-out hits by Cairo and Crosby in the 4th. (Cairo’s coming on an 0-2 pitch!)
And, of course, you have Mo Rivera getting the last 6 outs for career save #400.
Like I said, not a bad little day in Yankeeland – and, then you add Boston’s loss today, which puts the Yankees just a half-game out of first, and it gets even better.
One last interesting thing: There were two young guys sitting behind us who were White Sox fans. From listening in on their conversation, they seemed like pretty knowledgeable fans and they were certainly courteous and respectful of their surroundings. So, I asked them “Did you guys come in from Chicago for this game?” They laughed and said no – and shared that they’re more local. That made me ask “How did you guys end up White Sox fans?” They shared that they were from west New York State, and, being there, they just gravitated towards the White Sox.
It wasn’t until I got home that I realized that there are two Great Lakes between New York State and Chicago. (Yeah, I’m geography-challenged.) That’s some gravitation pull, huh? Maybe it was WGN-assisted?
I wish that I had connected on this at the Stadium. I would have loved to ask them more about the origin of their fandom. There’s got to be a story there. In any event, if you have to sit in front of two guys rooting for the other team, you couldn’t ask for two better fans.
Having sat near Mets fans, Indians fans, Red Sox fans, among others, at the Stadium in the past, who were less than polite, it’s was a pleasant change of pace today.