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Trip Report Day Trip to NYC and Citi Field (June 4)

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A friend of mine's father got diagnosed with ALS in January 4 days after his 60th birthday. I know what he is going through as my grandfather had it. Over the last month, he has gotten progressively worse and it doesnt look like it will be long. My friend decided he needed to get out of here for a day and go to a baseball game. Twist my arm!!! We tried for Red Sox tickets but they were sold out for Saturday's game. But there were Braves vs Mets tickets so we grabbed 2 Upper Deck seats.

My friends brother lives in LA and hasn't been able to come home as much as he wants or probably should have. He called me on Friday that he was flying into JFK on Saturday and meeting up with us at the game. He asked me to keep it a surprise for his brother. His flight landed around 3pm or so.

The 2 of us coming from Hartford and drove to Milford to take Metro North into NYC. We got on the 7:40 am train. There is construction going on the tracks currently so the train is taking longer. Not a big deal. 1 benefit of parking in Milford rather than New Haven is that the commuter lots are free on weekends.

On the train, we decided to change from the Intrepid Museum to go to the Natural History Museum as my friend wants to bring his niece to the Intrepid later this summer. We got to Grand Central around 9:30 and took the subway to AMNH. There was construction on the tracks so no local service to the museum. It took 3 transfers to get there but we weren't in a rush. Had I had time to look this up beforehand, I would have gotten off Metro North at Harlem / 125th St and taken the subway from there to save these transfers but not a big deal.

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    We got to the museum around 10:15 so we missed the opening rush. Went down and bought the SuperSaver ticket with pre-timed entrance to a few shows. We hastily chose these as there were no notes as to which floor each show was on. This resulted in a lot of shuffling between floors. it would have been real nice if next to the show, it said "Floor 1" etc to be able to choose them in a logical order. We started at the top to go through the Dinosaur exhibit including the new "World's largest Dinosaur". Really enjoyed this. Then went through the Mammals exhibits and the new "Frogs Exhibit". About this time, we were beginning to hit overload and knowing how nice of a day it was outside...We skipped the rest of the museum and plan to come back later this year to do the rest including the Planetarium.

    We cabbed it over to Times Square for a little while. Went to a couple of bars for a few drinks then took the 7 train out to Citi Field. We got there well before the gates were to open so we went to McFaddens Sports Bar. This is my biggest complaint. Why put in a Sports Bar that is on the complete opposite side of the stadium from the Subway? Talking with the bartender, they don't get very busy due to this. The 2 of us sat at the bar to watch part of the A's at Red Sox games. Walked in when it was 7-3 Sox in the top of the 9th. Only for the A's to tie it up...Neither of us were too happy. Took some good-natured harassment due to our Sox hats. About this time, my friends brother texted me to find out where we were. Told him and he headed our way. We split a couple of appetizers and were drinking Hoegaarden beer. My friend's brother showed up and sat down next to him, he told the bartender "I'll have what they are having." My friend looked at him then turned back to me. Then it clicked. He was in shock and in tears. Then he turned to me and cursed me for playing a part in it...His brother is spending the next 3 months here while working remotely so it was a good feeling but for sad reasons. We spent too much time here then went into the stadium.


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    The 2 of them wanted some time to talk so I took a different route to our seats. Our seats were in Section 513 right above home plate so entering Center Field, it was quite a hike...Took my time walking around the CF plaza and then went to the Upper level and got to our seats ahead of them. I really enjoy Citi Field. The Upper Deck is not as steep as Shea Stadium was. On my way to our seats, I went into a few other sections just to get an idea of where I would like to sit. There is another post here about seating and looked into how much the railing would impact the views. Really, its just the first 2 rows that would have the railing to deal with.

    It was a good game. The Mets won 5-0 (all 5 runs were scored in 1 inning). Quick game but very enjoyable. Fans were sort of dead for the whole game except to boo Jason Bay. As a Sox fan, its hard to watch how bad he is doing after his stint with the Sox.

    We really enjoyed Citi Field as its a very nice stadium. beer and food prices were typical for a Major League stadium. Much cheaper than Yankee Stadium. The beer selection here is probably the best I have seen at a Stadium.

    After the game, took the Subway back to Grand Central and took Metro North home.

    In the end, it was a fun day and much needed break for my friend with a great surprise for him. They called their father from the game and he was glad they were together then said how he wished he was there with us.

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