take me out to the ball game

outside yankee stadium

outside yankee stadium

Just last Saturday, 12 April 2014, a bunch of my buds and myself went to Yankees Stadium to watch them Yankees play against the Red Sox. I was the only one in the group that was a Red Sox fan.

I have no idea why I liked the Red Sox or any team from New England over teams from New York. I cannot explain why. I have no ties from New England and I have been living near Philadelphia since we came here to the United States.

We have planned this for months, strike that, Wayne was the one who planned this and who found us good seats. Two were coming from Pennsylvania, Wayne picked me up from home and the other buddy’s coming from a camping trip at Fort Mifflin. We planned to meet up at Hamilton Station around 10 AM to catch the 10:25 AM train to New York.

Overall it was a nice ride to the stadium. I just did not expect that the crowd was so much. Look at the picture above. The picture was taken using a telefoto lens and I did not take any wide angle lens with me to take a better representation of how huge the crowd were at the stadium. Click here to see other pictures.

The experience at the game was pleasant, we were seated a few rows away from the right fielder position close to the first base. Click here for the other pictures taken from the game. I guess in any game there will be a few nut jobs that’s hardly representing the fans of the team, i believe there were just a few of them seated a few rows in front of us. I was surprised that Yankee and Red Sox fans were nice with each other. My theory was because them Yankees were winning. One of my buddy, Ryan, was striking up a conversation with a Red Sox fan in front of us and even bought him a beer, imagine that.

The game would have been a good one if only the Red Sox won. Final score was 7 to 4 Yankees. We left the stadium but did not go home yet because we knew that it will be a mad house in the subway. We hang out a bit at Stan’s Sports Bar and boy it was packed like sardines. We had a couple of beers and then left for the subway where we were entertained by teenage pole dancers and afterwards a sax player. And we were able to catch the train back to Hamilton just in a nick of time, otherwise it would have been an hour or so wait.

The train was also packed and we were standing at the steps near the exit of one of the carts. Kirt struck up a conversation with an older couple seating near where we stood. Wayne and Ryan found seats while Kirt and myself were still standing and having a good conversation with the older couple.

Everything was OK when we finally arrived at Hamilton station.

day 2 of our 2013 orlando vacation

universal island adventure

universal island adventure

Today was a cloudy day and somewhat cooler. I prefer this weather than hot and humid. And I was just hoping that it will not rain. Well it did not until closing.

I would think that the most popular attraction in the Island of Adventure was the Wizarding World. When we got to that attraction, the place was so packed that you could not even move. The first line we went to was a let down, I thought there would be some show of some sorts but when we got in after almost two hours of waiting, it was just a wizard trying to help some kid get a wand by recreating a scene from the movie when Harry got his wand. After the five minute show or demonstration or whatever it was, we exited out the store, just perfect to setup people to buy souvenirs. We could not even get out since it was that crowded, reminded me of a train ride in Tokyo during busy hour. When we got out of the store, my wife and I looked for a place to sit down and wait for our kids. I sampled the butter beer and tried both and they were too sweet. I guess it did help me go through the entire day. Cannot leave the Harry Potter world without buying stuff, my son bought a wand. Which was too much for a piece of plastic.

Later that night, it rained on our way out of the Island of Adventure. You can click the picture above or you can click here to see more pictures.