New York City Diary

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Yankee Stadium 2007

On Friday night, Jenn and I got a sitter for Zachary and headed up to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. We were there to meet our friends Jen (one n) and Will, who were kind enough to offer us a pair of extra tickets to the game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Unfortunately, the Yankees got beaten pretty handily that night, and we left at the bottom of the fifth inning (Jen and Will left even earlier than that). But we still enjoyed ourselves, and I sipped a watery $8 Miller Light and Jenn munched on a yummy $6 frankfurter. Good times.

Our seats were located very close to the left field foul pole, and that's left fielder Hideki Matsui in the center of the photo at the top of this entry. I like Matsui. Watching a game on TV has many advantages, but only when you're at the ballpark do you get an appreciation of how big the field is, especially the outfield. On TV it sometimes seems like every ball hit in the park is catchable, but when you're at the stadium it's clear just how far guys like Matsui have to run to make those amazing plays. Also, there's nothing like a foul ball or a home run ball coming your way to get your heart pumping. Just don't spill that $8 beer.

Ironically, while the Yankees got trounced on Friday, when we happened to be in attendance at the stadium, they took both games of a double header on Saturday, went on to win on Sunday, and won tonight as well. Perhaps it's best if I stay home and watch on TV. My presence in the Bronx doesn't seem to help the team.

I snapped this photo on the way out of the stadium as we headed to the subway. It's the beginning stages of the new Yankee Stadium, which is supposed to be ready for the 2009 season. Maybe I'll have better luck there.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

The Feast 2007

Another year, another appearance of the Giglio. I've previously written about it here. Jenn, Zach, and I walked through the area of the feast a couple of different times. We wondered if the Giglio had been painted a different color since last year. We didn't stay long but it seemed right to drop by, since it's the neighborhood's biggest event of the year. When Zach is older he'll appreciate the Dance of the Giglio, but for now he's too little.

Here's a picture of a sausage and peppers stand at the feast. We didn't get sausage and peppers for ourselves, though. We got fish tacos from Yola's.