Another day, another trip to the Bronx. And what better way to spend your birthday than spending six hours in Yankee Stadium? Derick and I arrived an hour before the scheduled start, then we had a 90 minute rain delay and then an extra-innings game.
And what a crazy game: the lead going back and forth; an all-time Yankee record of ten pitchers used in the game; A-Rod and Melky Cabrera having excellent games; getting to see Mariano Rivera pitch again; seeing the president of Panama throw the ceremonial first pitch; seeing Ethan Hawke and his (and presumably Uma’s) kids walking by (he wore a Derek Jeter t-shirt); getting to boo shitty relief pitcher Kyle Farnsworth in person (something I’ve been doing all season sat in front of my computer, back in Berlin, watching Windows Media live streams at 3am); having some chuckles with the women sat in front of me who were taking LOTS of photos of Yankee players’ bums as they stood at first base; and, crucially, seeing the Yankees get an excellent extra innings 12-11 victory.
I’ve been pretty lucky on my trip so far. Three games, three wins. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get a ticket for Monday afternoon’s game, too, and make it four out of four.
And back in Brooklyn, back to Derick and Jennifer’s place, where she and their daughters had made me a birthday cake. Pretty, huh?