There’s nothing that says New York quite like a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. One of the oldest teams in the league, and with 27 World Championships (an MLB record), the Yankees are a force to be reckoned with….and a classic New York experience as well.
Last week, my roommate and I jumped on the 4 train heading Uptown towards 186th street in the “Boogie Down Bronx”. As we stepped off the train and made our way towards “The house that Ruth built” (a reference to Yankee legend, Babe Ruth), I could feel the energy in the air. It made me think of the recent Gatorade commercial paying homage and bidding farewell to Yankee’s shortstop and team Captain, Derek Jeter (Number 2) – a clear narrative that New Yorker’s are proud of both their town and their team.
It was a special game. The famous navy and white pinstripe uniform dotted the field and stands alike. The world famous Yankees were playing the Miami Marlins (my hometown team) and A-Rod (another Yankee favorite and Miami resident at one point) was just three homeruns shy of hitting 3,00 0 just like his former Captain, “Number 2”. We had fourth row club seats, the weather was perfect, and there was nothing that could replace the feeling of this kind of New York City Summer night.
The Yankee pride is like nothing you’ve experienced before. Full of history, tradition and maybe even some superstition, you have to be there to experience it. And I must say, my first experience with the “Yanks” was an unforgettable one. Just like the dugout sign says, “I want to thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee” (yes, I now consider
myself a New Yorker and Yankee fan… and one with great pride and honor to be able to call this city “home”).