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Citi Field

Citi Field

Journal Regulars columnist Jim Wharton of Sioux City takes you along on a 14-day bus trip to 10 different Major League Baseball stadiums and games this month.

June 16 New York City, N.Y.

A short blog post today.

It’s early AM Tuesday and we have just checked into our hotel and it isn’t the Trump Towers.

We are being housed in an EconoLodge that is just a couple of blocks off Times Square. I know location is worth something, but this place makes a Motel 6 look like the Ritz. Let just say when I roll over in bed, I’m liable to hit one of the two walls. Incredible.

Absent this hotel, our day was a good one.

Nice drive through four states from Boston to New York (oh, yes, it rained part of the day.. Kudos to our driver, Bruce. No way am I driving any type of vehicle in NYC, much less a tour bus. He’s done a great job.

Before tonight’s game, we spent a few hours in the new 911 Memorial and Museum. Big crowds. Everyone was very respectful. Sad and sobering. If you visit New York City, you need to schedule time to see the exhibits.

Today’s game took me to another new stadium for me – Citi Field, the home of the Mets. Once again we were able to see the ace of the staff – this time, Matt Harvey. The Mets beat the Blue Jays 3-2.

CONCESSIONS

Mark the concessions consultant and his soulmate Deb enjoyed one of America’s trending foods – a hamburger from the Shake Shack. The company has generated a lot of P.R. for its food and we were told to order early because the line gets very long once the game begins.

The consensus? Good – but not worth a 30-minute wait in line.

We did enjoy a cup of soft serve but the young lady waiting on us was obviously residing in a different zip code than the one we were in. Let’s just say her focus on the job at hand was not what you could call laserlike.

Mark’s concession grade B

MY FAVORITES

Toronto was in town so we got to hear "O Canada" done by a four-piece brass section. Love that song!

Great scoreboard. Daktronics must be rolling in the dough.

Nice fans all around us. New Yorkers can be difficult, but we had some nice folks around us, including a young couple that made it to the between-innings video screen.

Tomorrow takes us to the Bronx where I will boo A-Rod but cheer on the Yankees.

Before the game, our group takes the ferry out to the Statue of Liberty.

Anything to get me out of this shoebox the better.

Good night from New York.

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