Jeff’s Mariners Blog reports from Yankee stadium
Hi Sports fans and greetings from New York City where I just returned from a day game at Yankee Stadium where the Bron Bombers prevailed 6-4 over the Tampa Bay Rays to win the series and stay on top of the tight AL East Division race on a beautiful day in the Bronx.
I know some of you are wondering what the heck this has to do with our Seattle Mariners who are down in Texas trying to win that series, well the truth is absolutely nothing….Of course the fact that I got to see A-Rod, Raul Ibanez and Ichiro play could be of interest for you die-hard Mariners fans who are still following baseball as the season winds-down and football becomes the main focus in Seattle.
Actually I’m on my way to Casablanca Morocco and decided to spend a couple of days in New York to catch a game and a few sites before heading over to the Middle east where Baseball, hot dogs and apple pie are not high on anyone’s list these days….Yikes!….
My experience today was wonderful though I think the new Yankee Stadium lacks some of the character of the old one, even though it was a pleasure to mingle with the fans and talk baseball wearing my Felix Hernandez commemorative T-shirt from his perfect game and my old-school Mariners hat as pictured above. The fans in New York have taken to Ichiro in a big way although I couldn’t get them involved in an I-CHI-RO chant when our former star came to the plate in the eighth inning outside of a handful sitting around me who were quite friendly to me as I guess the mariners are no threat to the Yankee dynasty…..go figure….
Part of the reason for my pilgrimage back to Yankee stadium was to honor my Grandfather Gordon “Dusty” Rhodes who played for the Yankees from 1929-32 as part of his eight year career in the “Show”. As you can see above I took a little photo of him with me and took this shot with the diamond in the background.Unlike in Seattle where baseball is still sort of new, the Yankees fans love tradition and history and upon hearing I was a relative of a former player my treatment by the local fans was very friendly despite my Mariners gear on!
Life is short and yo never know what could happen so I’m glad my Higher Power has allowed me to live 54 years and that baseball has been the one constant through it all. The reverence for the game and its glorious past were on full display today though sadly I wasn’t able to get into the area set aside with trophies and monuments to all the past greats despite my pleading with a young Yankees organization staffer. If you ever go make sure you come early to get into the sacred belly of Yankee stadium to see all the relics from the past.
Despite all this I’m still not sure if the Yankees are going to be my Bandwagon team for the playoffs this year or if I’m going to jump on the Oakland A’s caravan as we move into October where the real history is made. Go M’s! http://jeffsmariners.com
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