Sunday Night with the Sox! The Sunday game, and last game of our trip, was a Sunday night game with an 8:00 start time. Since we had a long day to fill, this day was our catch-all day- we went to Central Park, saw Times Square during the day time, and went to the Bronx Zoo. All that was fun, but what Joel and I were really looking forward to was the game- we had seen the Sox win 5 games in a row and were going for the trip sweep with David Price on the mound!
I decided Sunday night should be our “splurge” tickets, and they did not disappoint. I got them on Yankees Ticket Exchange, and we were front row on the 3rd baseline in left field. I could pretty much see every freckle on Brock Holt’s face (who was playing left field for the Sox that night). The Sox started out hot- some great contacts in the first inning against Masahiro Tanaka, including a home run by Dustin Pedroia that just barely squeaked out of the field of play. An inning later, Brock made a diving play right in front of us, and we were feeling pretty confident. Things unraveled a bit for Price in the 4th, though, and he gave up 3 runs in an inning that could have and probably should have been worse. The Red Sox bats went silent the rest of the game, and despite my rally hat, they didn’t score another run and lost 3-1. Not the most fun on the ride back to the hotel, especially since it was past midnight, but it was still a fun time and I wasn’t too upset with the Sox- they’d given us 5 great wins on the trip!
For a late lunch/early dinner, we were in Times Square and decided to go to Forest Gump’s. I know you can go there in a lot of different cities, but we were tired and hungry and it was the easiest spot to go sit and rest. They charged for water (must be an issue in that area), but the food was good and we got to rest in the air conditioning for a little while. That night at the game I went with a chicken sandwich. It was good, but the ramen was definitely the best thing I had at Yankee Stadium this go around.
Central Park is so big that I can’t even tell you what part we were in, but it was different than the part I’d been in the last time, so that was good I guess. I was excited for the Bronx Zoo, but ended up walking away a little disappointed. It took us FOREVER to get there, and while they have lots of cool exhibits, a lot of the cooler ones are “upgrades,” so you have to pay more on top of your basic admission to see them. The do this primarily in the summer, and while I understand why they do it (make more money), it was a little disappointing. Still, we saw some cool animals and the girls paid to ride on camels, which was neat. Overall, not much nicer than the Denver Zoo and a lot more expensive.
The next day, our flight left later in the afternoon, so I got us tickets to go see a taping of Live! with Kelly. This was another thing that I don’t think I’d do again. When you get the tickets on 1iota, it gives you a time you need to be there by, and says you aren’t guaranteed to make it in. Basically, they give away more tickets than they have so they can guarantee they fill the audience. Therefore, we got there even earlier than that, and proceeded to stand in line for about 2 hours. Once the line moved and we finally got inside, we waited for probably another hour before we were actually taken to our seats. The taping was fine- the guest was an actor who was in Unreal and Kelly’s cohost that day was Andy Cohen. Kelly interacted a lot with the audience, but it was pretty slow and we were exhausted from the night before and standing in line for forever. Hind sight, we probably should have done the 9-11 Museum instead, but you live and you learn. If the girls had been older, I also would have tried to do Jimmy Fallon or something like that instead, but they have an age limit.
Overall, New York City was pretty average- busy, congested, expensive, smelly (from all the garbages on the streets and the warm temperatures), and full of unwelcoming people. Top it off with the fact that our flight got delayed and we had to stay overnight in Minneapolis on the way home (shoutout to Melissa for picking us up and letting us stay at her place), and I think I’m going to have to bribe Joel to go back for the other 7+ stadiums we need to knock off there.
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Just a couple of sports fans touring the world, one stadium at a time.