Tomorrow morning I leave for the bright lights of New York City! As a brief primer, here is what I have on-deck in the Big Apple:
1) Josh Banks vs. Joba Chamberlein on Thursday Afternoon...and it's cap day. I have never been to Yankee Stadium and as this will likely be the only time I can go before they tear it down, you can bet I'll be taking the whole thing in. A lot of pictures will follow but for sure things I will see are going to be Monument Park, the Yankee Stadium sign outside, and the bar scene around the park.
2) Grab your fanny packs kids, I'm heading on a Double Decker tour bus. Look, I'm not there that long, its a big city, so I want to see as much as I can while I'm there. City Tour of Manhatten, just like the Muppets!
3) Checking out CBGB. For those non-music fans out there, CBGB was THE premiere punk club in NYC. While music is no longer played there, the building and interior is still there and still gross!
4) Metropolitan Museum of Art or The MET, you know, for culture and stuff.
5) Trying not to trip over the homeless guy who looks exactly like Willie Randolph...wait, that is Willie Randolph! Tough town...
6) Finding terminally ill people to bring to Chase Headley so the savior can heal them. Anything less would be a disappointment at this point.
So there you have it, if anyone has anymore suggestions on what to do/see in NYC, let me know. Otherwise, GO PADRES!!!!!
Oh, and finally. Whenever I'm asked why I hate the Yankees (and Red Sox for that matter) it usually has little to do with the players. I like Derek Jeter and ARod. What I hate are the finances of Yankee baseball and the ownership. The latest exhibit, this classic line from Hank Steinbrenner in reference to his ace getting hurt running the bases:
"My only message is simple. The National League needs to join the 21st century," Steinbrenner said in Tampa, Fla. "They need to grow up and join the 21st century."
"Am I [mad] about it? Yes," Steinbrenner added. "I've got my pitchers running the bases, and one of them gets hurt. He's going to be out. I don't like that, and it's about time they address it. That was a rule from the 1800s."
Classic! Baseball is played with 9 guys Hank. 9 in the field, 9 at the plate, and it's suppose to be the same 9 guys! Now, baseball fans debate the DH over and over again, but Hank takes it to a new level. Hey Steinbrenner, sorry your pitchers are so out of shape that they can't run around the bases without getting hurt. Didn't realize they made them so fragile in New York!