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Title: Yankees vs. Rays at Citi Field M, T, W due to Hurricane Irma - all tix $25!
Post by: BLeafe on September 09, 2017, 08:54:59 PM
If anyone's interested, they're currently only selling field-level seats - nothing upstairs - for all 3 games (M and T are night games and W is a day game) and every seat they sell is only $25 with no added fees. I guess they're only expecting tiny crowds for this last minute switcheroo.

I smelled a big Yankee photo op for $25, so when tickets went on sale this morning, I got a front row ticket for W right behind the 3rd base dugout (the Rays are the home team). There appear to be thousands of tickets still available - all at field level.

This is a great bargain for a very rare game..............jump on it if you can. And they're REALLY stressing mass transit because of some music festival setup taking up parking spaces.

Looks like a 165 bus and a #7 subway adventure coming up on Wednesday.


Title: Yankees vs. Rays at Citi Field 9-13-17 - the CLOSE photos
Post by: BLeafe on September 19, 2017, 06:55:12 PM
So it DID turn out to be a great photo op and the bus/subway transportation worked out well, though I'd prefer to NOT go through getting on a 165 bus at the Port Authority between 6:00 and 6:30pm ever again. I can't imagine doing that on a daily basis like most everyone else there does.

On to the pix:

1. My $25.00 ticket. I checked the Mets site and on the Saturday before this game when the Mets were home, this seat cost $263.00. Such a deal!

2. The 7 train is underground in Manhattan, but after passing under the East River into Queens.......no more tunnel. I'm in the front car and shot this through the front window as the train emerged from the tunnel as another 7 headed toward Manhattan.

3. This was a tough shot through a side window. The train was moving and every few seconds, something obstructed the view, but I'm happy with this shot. Silvercup Studios - in Long Island City - is the largest film and television production facility in New York City. Behind the sign in Manhattan are (l-r): the Citicorp building (slanted roof), 432 Park Ave (the tallest residential building in the US) and the 59th Street (Queensboro) Bridge.

4. The first view of Citi Field after coming out of the subway station

5. Street begger (I didn't see what the sign said until I saw it on my computer.)

6. This is my angled, 3-picture Citi Field photo-stitch (click to enlarge and start scrolling). In my analog film days, I'd go to the middle of the top deck, last row dead center and shoot a fisheye shot of the entire stadium. Digitally, I would have done a stitch from the same place, but the two upper decks were closed off for this game, so I instead chose this location that was close to my section (122). On top of the visitors' (Yankees) dugout, you can see "WELCOME TO CITI FIELD". If you can locate a guy wearing a Yankee jersey in front of the "O" in the word "TO", he's standing at my seat. That's where I shot all my game images.

7. It's always a good idea to visit the men's room before and after the game. I'm not into taking pictures in public restrooms, but when I saw the sign over the urinal, I had to sneak a fast shot. I have no idea what the Mets need my "deposit" for, but I'm proud to have made two contributions..................I think. (what genius thought that this sign placement was a good idea?)

8. Standing by my seat, I took this picture of Yankees YES Network TV announcer, Michael Kay (center).

9. Major disappointment of the day: no Aaron Judge in the lineup............and he didn't pinch-hit, either.

10. Meredith Marakovits is the New York Yankees' clubhouse reporter and also does all the field pre- and post-game interviews. This picture illustrates the next-biggest disappointment of the day: the netting that was extended this year to include the dugouts and made shooting much more difficult. Boooooo!

11. GAME-TIME! First batter Brett Gardner watches a fastball whiz by his, uh........uniform.

12. Shortstop Didi Gregorius has a great swing and is a funny guy.

13, 14, 15. Catcher (DH-ing today) Gary Sanchez triple-play: in the dugout, at bat and sliding into third.

16. Practical joker Ronald Torreyes makes sure I know what to shoot. I don't know who the guy with bubble gum on his hat is, but I'm pretty sure he's not a player.

17, 18, Reliever Dellin Betances and closer Aroldis Chapman wrap things up.

19. As you can see on the video scoreboard, the Yankees win, 3-2. The dugout empties for on-field high-fives and..............oh, wait - look over on the left............it's Aaron Judge (99) making his sole appearance and giving me my only shot of him (a little late, Bud!).

20. Showers had been predicted and there were a couple of very minor drizzles late in the game that increased slightly as the game ended. After leaving Citi Field and walking to the subway, it started raining much harder just I got under cover. I took this across-the-tracks picture from the Manhattan-bound side just as a 7 train pulled in. Excellent timing on the parts of the rain and the train!

NOTE: From a history standpoint - at the moment - this is the last game in MLB history where two American League teams played a regular-season game in a National League ballpark and it may be the last time it ever happens at Citi Field.

Sometime soon, I hope to be posting an expanded version of this post on https://IAintJustMusic.bobleafe.com .

As usual, click to enlarge.

Title: Re: Yankees vs. Rays at Citi Field 9-13-17 - the CLOSE photos
Post by: BLeafe on September 23, 2017, 01:04:44 PM
This is only for any major fans of the Yankees, Citi Field or Major League Baseball in general: I've put the fully-expanded version - 98 pictures and stories (including one I made up) - of this game on my photoblog, https://IAintJustMusic.bobleafe.com/

I may never get to shoot them this close again, so I might as well do it up now.