Saturday. 34C and not a cloud in the sky. No humidity. It was a perfect day for baseball.
The Yankees are at the end of a home-stand and are playing Baltimore over the weekend. Due to an earlier season rain-out, today’s game is the first of two the teams play, meaning we get to see some of the Yankees reserve players as they rest some guys for the game later that night (no Jeter, no Granderson).
We’re out to the ballpark as the gates open to allow maximum wandering around time inside the stadium. As it’s hot and the game the previous night started late due to rain, both teams decide against batting practice today.
Yankee Stadium is beautiful. I never made it to the original park, but this one is clean, spacious and the sightlines are perfect. Even from the upper reaches of the upper deck in the outfield, you still feel close to the action. Here are some views from inside the stadium:
The two of us just after walking into the park. The seats behind us go for $800+/game:
From behind home plate:
View back toward the infield from the outfield bleachers:
View from the upper deck in the outfield:
After walking around, grabbing lunch (Nathan’s hotdog and a Yuengling for me, GF sausage and fresh lemonade for Jodi), we head to our seats. We were fortunate to have seats in the first row of the 2nd upper deck – affordable (this is an expensive place to watch baseball: I’m more partial to the $14 Jays tickets or the “good old days” buying $7 Expos tickets and sitting wherever you wanted in the Big O), and offering a great view of the action. Here’s a shot of the action from our seats from the first inning as Baltimore threatened to score:
The game stayed close through 4 innings with the Baltimore pitcher confounding the Yankees hitters the first time through the line-up. That changed pretty significantly as the Yankees got a second look at the pitcher and they ended up teeing off on him and his bullpen replacements to the tune of an 8-3 win. A pretty enjoyable game to watch – lots of baserunners, a HR to right by Swisher, a couple of doubles off the wall. Being here reminded me why I love baseball – it’s a perfect backdrop for an afternoon conversation. Although I gave up following the game once my Expos packed up and left Montreal, I still enjoy watching the game in person more than the other 3 pro sports.
Back to the hotel to freshen up and then to Rosa Mexicano, one of the top reviewed Mexican restaurants in the city. We’re heading to the 1st Avenue location (the original one) as they have a dedicated GF menu for Jodi. Walking in, we can feel this is going to be a special meal. The place is tiny, there’s a woman at the back making fresh corn tortillas, and there’s a great selection of tequila bottles lining the bar.
First course, table side made guacamole of course (frozen pomegranate margarita and the El Mexcalito – strawberries, tequila, mezcal and lemon):
Second course – pork belly tacos:
Drinks with the second course – La Mandarina (fresh muddled tangerine, fresh basil, El Jimador silver tequila, fresh lemon, organic agave) and La Sandía (fresh muddled watermelon, rosemary simple syrup, El Jimador silver tequila, fresh lemon):
Main course – For me, it’s Mixiote de Cordero (lamb shank coated with 3 chiles and spices and steamed in parchment paper). For Jodi, it’s Alambre a la Mexicana (skewers of filet mignon, chorizo, onions, tomatoes, serrano peppers with rice and tomatillo and tomato-chipotle sauces). These are outstanding, Jodi’s dish in particular is one of the best meat dishes I’ve ever had:
Dessert: We decide to have more drinks for dessert. I get a Mango Tropical (silver tequila, mango puree, organic agave, fresh lime) and Jodi gets La Piñela (silver tequila, pineapple juice, cinnamon simple syrup, fresh lime):
With tequila-induced smiles on our faces, we walk off some of supper and head to Dylan’s Candy Bar, knowing that our full bellies will keep candy purchases in check tonight: