So I’ve got the fever and it’s not more cowbell, but Brewers baseball! I am a Yankees fan. Living in NYC, one of the greatest ways to spend time is at Yankees Stadium – although I like the old stadium better than the new one – most diehard fans do.
Now I’d like to say I became a fan because my family are huge baseball fans – my dad loves Ted Williams and my brother Andy loves Hank Aaron, but that is not the case. When I first moved to NYC, I was a receptionist at ATCO Records (home to AC/DC). This job did not pay a lot of money – in fact, after rent I had about $75 for everything for the month. Knowing where you can drink on the cheap, two-for-one happy hours, best slice of pizza or where they had free nuts on the bar was key.
My roommate and I also figured out the ability to get up to Yankees stadium early so you can get a seat in the bleachers for $5. Yes, I became a bleacher creature. What is a bleacher creature? Basically it’s a rowdy bunch that leads the stadium in cheers and drinks copious amounts of stadium beer. It was a blast and a great way to fall in love with one of baseball's most legendary teams.
So fast-forward to May 9 – Yankees vs. Brewers at Miller Park. I went with excitement and a heavy heart as it would most likely be the last time I would get to see my favorite player – Yankees captain, Derek Jeter. The Brewers have been on fire and I knew it was going to be a great game. And it was. I got to see Tanaka’s first bat in MLB and a fan with a Ryan Braun jersey run onto the field looking to give Jeter a hug. That wasn’t going to happen and I sort of felt bad for the guy as security pounced on him. The Yankees won 5-3; it would be the only game they would win out of that series.
The difference between going to a Yankees game and Brewers game is the pre-game warm up. At Yankees Stadium we would meet at Stan’s Bowling Ally Bar – $5 tall boys and lots of old men telling tales of games they’d seen and legends they m…Read more...