New York, May 2001
Day 2The second day started with somewhat better weather.
The program for day 2 was very simple: go see the New York Yankees! I
had arranged the tickets through the
Internet, and we collected
them long before the match started at the 'will call' window.
I was quite surprised to find a Yankees fan advertising my favourite
As we were early, we decided to walk around Yankee Stadium before
finding our places.
Once inside the stadium we found our places and settled in. Because we
were early, things were still kind of quiet.
After a little while the ground crew started preparing the playing
Then the players and the fans started warming up.
Of course, no sports match in the USA can take place without a Hammond
A few latecomers are looking for their places.
Two experts discuss the prospects for both teams.
Eating starts before the first ball is thrown.
The players take their positions and the national anthem is played.
Meanwhile the action continues, ...
resulting in a hit to right field.
All this action causes more food consumption, ...
... even before the first point of the game is scored by the
A catch in left field ends the inning.
Jeter has at least one enthousiastic fan among the crowd.
The referees have a little chat, and the billboard has a greeting
specially for us. I didn't take pictures of similar messages to a
couple of dozen other 'special' groups. Nice gesture though.
High five for number 18. He scored a point.
Time for a break: the 7th inning shuffle. The groundsmen sweep the
field (and perform a little dance).
Imagine a soccer fan would wear a shirt like this at a game in the
direct vicinity of the opposing team's fans. Chances are the guy (and
his t-shirt) wouldn't last 2 minutes. Question: is America more
violent than Europe?
A hitter is called out, swings and misses, hits a wild ball that's
caught almost in the dugout...
... which makes the crowd thirsty.
Number 35 of the Red Sox doesn't make it to home in time.
Catcher and pitcher have a little conference.
At the end of the game the billboard shows how many people passed the
After the game we went to Central Park. Partly on the subway to somewhere in the middle of Harlem, continuing on foot from there. The scenery in that neighborhoud isn't much to write home about. It does give a strange feeling to be the only two white guys on the street, though.
The transition from Harlem to Central Park is amazing. In Harlem I
didn't exactly feel threatened, but just crossing the street and
entering Central Park raised my comfort level enormously :-)
At this little waterfall we had a little chat with a weird, thoroughly
stoned fellow with a mountainbike. He did manage to explain which way
we should go, though :)
Local police transport didn't conform to my preconception of big
American cars. They might come in handy to chase chipmunks, though
Someone is always close by in New York.
The novelty of my friend's new gadget hasn't worn off yet.
It takes a bit of walking around, but then you can find some nice skylines.
We exited Central Park near one of Donald Trump's buildings. He must have some bigger ones somewhere. Probably. Maybe.