Whenever we’re at a game and we see people leaving early, we judge them. Hard. I know they’re skipping out to beat traffic, which can absolutely suck after major sporting events, but the bigger the event, the more expensive the tickets are, and you’re willingly cutting short your time in the seats your paid for? I understand a little bit if it’s a blowout, but Joel and I see it in games that are tied (or close) with less than five minutes left. Why are you even there? The only people that get a free pass are people with kids on school nights. That’s it. Everyone else, you’re the worst.
With all that being said, we were potentially in a situation where I had to break our “Don’t Leave the Game Until It’s Over” rule for game 2 in the New York. The game was at 4:00 and we also had tickets to the Broadway musical “Wicked” that night at 8:30. It was a quick hop and a skip on the subway to Times Square for the show, and baseball games usually take about 3 hours. However, the Red Sox- Yankees series is widely known for its slow pace of play and having game durations above the four hour mark. The girls were certainly not going to be happy if we were late to the musical, and Joel would not be pleased if we had to leave the game early. What was going to happen?
Since there was a possibility we’d have to leave early, I went with the lowest cost seats for this game. We sat in the left center field bleachers where row and seat numbers are more of a suggestion than a hard and fast rule. That actually usually works out well for us. We get there early for every game and are not afraid to move down a couple of innings in if there are unfilled spots in front of us. What made life even easier for us was that it was sprinkling on and off, and that section has no cover, so people gave up somewhat early. By the time the rain cleared up, we were down towards the front of the section for the best part of the game.
Sandy Ballgame had himself a day with 4 RBIs, Eduardo out-dueled CC Sabathia, and we had front row seats for the Red Sox outfielders Win Dance Repeat dance after we won 5-2. But the best part… the game was completed in just under 3 hours! Normally I’d be a little upset about that, but it meant we didn’t have to leave early and we still had plenty of time to make it to the show!
We had zero time to waste this day, so it was a “grab a bagel in the morning and food at the ballpark and pizza after the show” type of day with nothing terrible but nothing memorable or worth seeking out again either. I did garlic fries at the game which were good but a little too garlicky for the long haul. Joel went with the classic hot dog and beer combo, which he enjoyed, especially because there was a beer spot right at the top of our section.
First thing in the morning, we went to see the Statue of Liberty. I had bought the tickets ahead of time, so that significantly sped up the process for us and ensured that we got the tickets for the time we wanted. If you’re going to do this, buy your tickets ahead of time. I can’t stress enough how many people are there. You go through multiple security check points and then have to wait in line to hop on a ferry. They won’t let you bring purses, but they have lockers that you can pay to lock them up in. Once you’re on the ferry, it’s pretty smooth sailing and you get some great views of the city, but you are packed on there like sardines and it’s pretty tough to get a spot to sit. We opted for the pass that let us climb up inside the Statue of Liberty but passed on going to Ellis Island. I’m glad that we walked up, but it’s probably not something I need to do again- it’s not quite as glamorous as the movies make it seem. Also, there are A TON of stairs and the staircase is only wide enough for one person at a time, so you gotta keep it moving even when it’s super hot and you feel like you may die. By the time we were done, it was pretty toasty out, so we stopped by the gift store (everything Statue of Liberty themed you could ever possibly imagine) and hopped back on the ferry back to the mainland. Overall, I deem the Statue of Liberty a tourist one-time must but probably not worth doing twice.
Wicked, on the other hand, was one of my favorite parts of the whole trip and I would go again in a heartbeat. Even Joel, who was least excited for this part of the trip, enjoyed it, and it was definitely the highlight for the girls. I had been to The Book of Mormon on Broadway before, which was also popular and entertaining, but Wicked, in my eyes, was better. It’s crazy how talented the people performing are. I did the tickets for this one on Ticketmaster and got a pretty good deal- we were off to the side but in the 5th row on the floor. When I bought the seats, it had said that some views may be obstructed, but we could see everything and the girls loved being so close to the stage and the action. It ended a busy but awesome day- without a doubt our best in NYC!
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Just a couple of sports fans touring the world, one stadium at a time.