Yesterday, I did something I had heard of people actually doing but could never imagine doing myself, the dual stadium doubleheader. Thanks to Tuesday night’s rainout, the Yankees scheduled a separate admission doubleheader yesterday which meant that Game one would start at 1:05 p.m. The Mets were going to be playing the Phillies across town at Citifield at 7:05 p.m.
On Tuesday night, when I realized the dual stadium DH was could be a possibility, I jokingly sent a text to my brother suggesting we try it. He, of course, took the ball and ran so to speak. He bought tickets for both games on Stubhub – four tickets total in two different parks for $31 – and we left the house in Rockland County at 11 a.m. to start our adventure.
First stop, Yankee Stadium, the Bronx N.Y.:
And here’s Andy Pettitte warming up before the start of the game:
As you all know the Yankees won yesterday’s afternoon game 4-2 over the Toronto Blue Jays. We immediately left the Bronx, took the D train down to 42nd Street and transferred to the 7 train to head out to Queens.
We arrived early so we headed into Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. I had always seen the Unisphere and New York State Pavilion from afar – usually when making the trip out to Long Island to visit relatives – but had never seen them up close.
The Unisphere (yes, it’s instagram’d – sue me):
After wandering around for a few minutes, we headed back toward Citifield – big thanks to the Citifield employee who took this shot for us:
My brother went close to the field during Phillies batting practice, hoping to catch a ball – it didn’t happen. We also went to Shake Shack because for once, there wasn’t a line.
After eating dinner – pulled pork sandwich from Blue Smoke for me and a cheeseburger from Shake Shack for my brother – we headed up to our seats:
During the fifth inning, we shared some fried dough. It’s so bad for you but it’s so good. I had walked a lot yesterday so I figured I could splurge a little.
I met up with a Twitter friend in the sixth inning and we all ended up watching the last few innings together. He’s a fellow Yankee fan but his good friend and his good friend’s dad are Mets season ticket holders. There was a lot of good-natured ribbing going on.
It was fun.
The poor Mets ended up losing on a ninth inning two-run home run by Ryan Howard. They were up 2-1, were an out away from winning and then BOOM!
I actually felt really bad for them and for the poor pitcher. The Mets lost the game 3-2.
We finally arrived home from our day long odyssey at 1 a.m. We were tired but it was definitely worth it. I didn’t think I’d get to do something as fun as a dual Stadium doubleheader so I’m thankful my brother was able to do it with me.
All in all it was great day of baseball, friends, food and fun and if you ever have the chance to do a dual Stadium doubleheader in your city, I highly recommend it.