Most baseball fans like me wanted to have a chance to visit other Stadiums and experience the game in difference locations. however like most fans, we can't afford to travel around the country so I decided to do the next best thing. Here in New York, we have four ballparks (Two Major and two Minor leagues) In each of the outer boroughs outside Manhattan. So in the following week, I'll be doing my own little road trip which I call Baseball in the Boroughs. I plan to go to all four ballparks to see four games. Here is how my schedule will go:
Monday August 24 - will be in the Bronx to go to Yankee Stadium for Yankees vs. Astros. It was Jacoby Ellsbury Bobblehead Day in which I received a limited edition Bobblehead and even had a pic done of myself as a bobblehead. As for the game, it was a tight pitching duel in which the Yankees won in walk-off fashion on a score of 1 - 0.
Wednesday August 26 - will be in Brooklyn to go to MCU Park and see the Brooklyn Cyclones (Short Season A Ball affiliate of the Mets) take on the Hudson Valley Renegades. Another Bobblehead giveaway took place but this one was a little different. 30 years ago Sports Ilustrated put together a hoax for their April Fool's edition in which the Mets supposedly sign a pitcher named Sidd Fitch who can throw a 168- MPH fastball. The hoax was well played and the man who played Sidd Fitch, Joe Burton was a simply a teacher. He threw out the first pitch and signed autographs throughout the game. I had him sign a ball I had with me. As for the game, it wasn't a good day for the Cyclones as they lost to Hudson Valley, 4 - 0. I was even on the scoreboard screen with Jackie Rabbitson and even caught a ball during batting practice.
Friday August 28 - will be in Staten island to go to Richmond County Bank Ballpark in St. George for the Staten Island Yankees (Short Season A Ball affiliate of the Yankees) take on those same Hudson Valley Renegades. It was Irish Heritage Night and the first 2500 fans received a green shamrock cap. Also before the game, I participated in an activity that takes place called ball hawking. In this ballpark, baseball tend to fly out into the street or land in the bushes outside the ballpark. Then the chase takes place. I ended up getting five baseballs today but I gave three of them to kids who had no luck in getting one. As for the game, it wasn't a good day for the S.I. Yankees as they lost to Hudson Valley, 10 - 3. And there was a fireworks show after the game. Just one more stop to go.
Sunday August 30 -will wrap things up at Queens to go to Citifield to watch the New York Mets take on the Boston Red Sox. Unfortunately the game was sold out so I wasn't able to get in. Oh, well. Three out of four isn't bad.
I'm sure others may have done something like this but this will be a first time experience for me. And start things off, there will be a Yankees Fan Fest in Little Italy this Saturday so, I'll be attending that as well. And yes, Jackie Rabbitson will be joining me as well.
The Jackie Rabbitson Bobblehead
It's bound to be a busy baseball week for me.