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May 1, 2014

Behind the Scenes at Yankee Stadium

In the last few years the New York Yankees created various perks for their full season ticket holders. Depending on your seniority there are opportunities to attend different events. We recently took what was billed as a private tour. We had taken tours at both the old and new stadiums so we were a bit blasé about taking another one.

Our “Behind the Scenes” tour was guided by Brian Richards, who happens to be the curator for the Yankees Museum. The tour started by the Championship seats by third base. While Brian spoke of the history of both the old and new stadiums I was intrigued by the man replacing the cushioned seat.

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We proceeded to Monument Park where we saw the new plaque for Nelson Mandela which is right next to Jackie Robinson’s retired number 42. Mariano Rivera’s “42” is retired with the other Yankee numbers. Brian spoke of the rich history represented in Monument Park.

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As we walked the field level concourse Brian noted the various celebration photos that lined the concourse. He pointed out the various incarnations of the Yankees uniforms as well as mentioning stories of Babe Ruth and Yogi Berra.

Our next stop was the Yankee Museum. Naturally as museum curator Brian puts together many of the exhibits. Current exhibits include Mickey Mantle, George Steinbrenner and championship rings from throughout the years.

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We decided to ask Brian what happened to the old stadium’s storied weathervane. “We still have it, it hasn’t gone away”. Maybe it’ll pop up in an exhibit? You never know.

We proceeded to the stadium basement and sat in the press conference room. The room had recently been used to announce the new New York City soccer team.

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Unfortunately, neither clubhouse was available for a visit.

As the tour group moved toward the Yankee dugout it has started to rain lightly.

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And after the dugout we landed in the Press Box. Each seat is assigned to a representative of the sports media. We sat in the Daily News beat reporters seats. (I wonder if I sat in Mark Feinsand’s seat?) I thought it was interesting that the Japanese media has something like 12 seats in the press box. I wasn’t sure if all of them could be attributed to Mashiro Tanaka’s presence.

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Brian told many us many things – one of my favorite stories was about Bobby Murcer. When Murcer was part of the broadcast team he had a cinder block that he would stand on whenever he had stand with his very tall colleagues, Michael Kay and Ken Singleton. The cinder block remains in the booth, a remembrance of Murcer.

Our last stop was a visit to the Suite level. One of the best features of this level is the Daily News photo gallery. There are photos of Bernie Williams near Suite 51, Mariano Rivera near Suite 42 and so on. We also visited one of the suites. (Sorry, the hallways were too dark to take good photos. Also the Yankee offices were starting to empty out – we had been on the tour for over 2 hours!)

This tour was an eye opener. Wherever we walked Brian was ready with a story and as we asked questions he gave us detailed answers. Brian conducts about 16 tours during the year; we were pleased to have such a knowledge person spend time with us. Kudos to the Yankees and Brian Richards!

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July 12, 2013

How suite it is!

Filed under: New York Life — Tags: , , , — soozeinthecity @ 6:02 pm

We got invited to sit in a suite at last Monday’s Yankees vs Kansas City game. NYC weather has been positively tropical during the month of July. Our regular seats would have been like sitting in a sauna so we decide to accept their offer.

We got to the game early because the giveaway was a Derek Jeter bobblehead doll.

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As we headed to the suite we ran into two Yankees employees that we knew from the old stadium. It was good to spend time catching up with them.

Most suites look like this:

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The box has 14 seats outdoors. We watched the Royals batting practice for a bit. I couldn’t wait any longer and dug into the food (sushi plate and guacamole & chips, later supplemented by hot appetizers).

There was a rain delay, a delay so unexpected by the grounds crew that when the tarp was rolled out over the infield it fell short & did not make it over to cover the first base line. The grounds crew rolled it back into left field. With the whole crew making a running start they made sure on the 2nd try to get the tarp over the whole infield. I believe short rain showers were expected but the 2nd shower was so heavy that the umpires must have asked for the tarp. I heard later that if you were watching the Yankees broadcast you saw none of this!

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During the delay I walked around the suite level. There are beautiful photos from the Daily News.

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And outside each suite there is a plaque listing the players that wore the suite number.

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I found Suite 4 very touching.

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Once the game started resumed I lost track of some batters so my scorecard is incomplete.

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I gave up after the 5th inning.

The suite was fun. Yes, it’s very exclusive and I can’t imagine watching the games all the time in a suite box. But for one hot, rainy night it was terrific.

April 26, 2013

Audi club

Filed under: New York Life — Tags: , , , — soozeinthecity @ 8:28 pm

Our friends told us that on occasion they upgrade their tickets and splurge on seats in the Audi Club at Yankee Stadium. We join them there last night.

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We sat in the 2nd row and had an amazing bird’s eye view from above left field.

The way these tickets work is that you get a seat and the buffet is available until 2 hours after the start of the game. The dessert table & various ballpark munchies are available the whole game.
I sampled beef tenderloin, breast of duck and several pieces of sushi. Veggies wound on my plate too. I also had a huge salad and while it was good (fresh blue cheese dressing?) I probably should skip it at an all you can eat buffet 🙂

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The dessert bar was excellent. Individually packed mini cheescake, mini cannolis, delicious chocolate covered strawberries and the best pistachio ice cream I’ve ever had- all the nutty taste without nuts.

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I was glad to see that stadium traditions were observed: standing for the national anthem, and the 7th inning stretch, cheering when Kuroda had a 2 strike count and the excitement of seeing Mariano come in for the save. What I didn’t like was hearing the television broadcast (with commercials) and not hearing the sounds of the stadium. What is Mo running in without hearing Metallica’s “Enter Sandmen”? I hope the stadium clubs can figure out a way to pipe the music in (hint, hint).

Overall I enjoyed my game in luxury surroundings. However I can not imagine spending all my games here but it is definitely a treat. I would come here before going back to NYY Steak.

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