Headed to the Bronx…

Since we were staying in Secaucus, NJ, we decided to ride the train into the City. This is the same thing we did the last time we were back here so this time through we were old vets. Today was going to be a strange day for us because after the amazing day of being together yesterday, today we were going different directions. Yvonne was going to hit up a couple art museums and I, of course, was taking the train north to the Bronx for a Yankee game. 🙂 We were able to ride into the City together, then at Penn Station we went different directions with the plan being to meet up there for the ride back into Jersey that evening.

My ride was quite interesting, in so that I had to change trains to get where I wanted to go due to problems on a couple of the lines. Because of that, I am not really 100% sure how I got to the Times Square station, but from there I took the #7 to Grand Central and then the #4 up to the Bronx getting off at 161st & River Ave also known as the stop for Yankee Stadium. Back in the day as you come up from under ground just before the stop the first thing you would see is old Yankee Stadium. Now you see a field with some rubble in it and then you see the new Yankee Stadium standing up just past it.

I didn’t get there too long before the game started but I did have enough time to grab me a bite to eat at a street cart, a dog with the works of course, and to pay off a bet that I lost. See, I made a bet with my brother and since I lost I had to buy a Yankee’s cap and wear it the rest of the season. I got cocky, so I added to it saying that I would not only buy a Yankee hat, I would do it in New York, wear it to the game and post a pic to Facebook of me there wearing the hat. As a diehard Red Sox fan, this sucked beyond all that has ever sucked before. However, I am a man, so I pay off my debts and as such, I bought a hat (with ‘#13 A-Rod’ on it no less) across from The Stadium and took it in with me. Knowing the mess I went through last year here I didn’t bring anything except my camera. I put it into the bag I got when I bought the hat and was able to go right in. Once inside the park I did my usual walk around checking everything out before I took my spot on the concourse down just past 1st base.

After posting my picture to Facebook, I stood there watching the game and like everyone every single time A-Rod came up I was hoping for a home run. Normally I wouldn’t root for the lying dirt bag, however he was going for HR #600 and I thought that might be kinda cool to see… MLB history and all. Needless to say, as per “Ken Luck”, he couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn if he tried. Oh well, the next thing you know in the 6th inning the winds started picking up. There was so much garbage flying around the Stadium. Before we knew it the rain was there and it was dumping! They cleared the field, brought out the tarp and we were under a rain delay. This is the 2nd time in 5 games (2nd in the last 3) that it started raining in the 6th inning on me on this trip.

I decided to stick it out a little ways, found me a place to sit down and just wasted some time. The rain didn’t seem to want to stop honestly but the longer it went on, the later I would be meeting up with my wife, so after about an hour, I gave up and started my walk towards the subway platform.

The train ride back to Penn Station was the same as before, only in reverse. The stop at Grand Central wasn’t bad really as I knew right where I had to go because I have now done that exact change (in either direction) several times in the past 2 years. Times Square was a bit different for my change to whatever train I had to get on to go to Penn Station. It took me a bit, but I finally got on the right train and made my way down there. Once I got there I found out she was running late, so I grabbed a slice of pizza and a coke at one of the vendors and just took my time getting to the terminal to head back to Jersey. Finally the wife showed up and after waiting a little while, we along with a ton of our closest friends were able to board a very crowded train back to the Secaucus station.

Our hotel wasnt that far from here so as we headed that way we decided to try a place called “Cheeseburger In Paradise” for dinner. It wasn’t all that bad, but nothing special. The only thing that really sticks out to me is that they serve their beer on tap at 35*. That is just awesome! 🙂

We got back to our hotel, kicked it a little bit, before calling it a night…

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