Got a unique invitation today. The daughter of a good friend invited me to attend my first New York Yankees game Saturday.
I'm traveling to New York that morning to start looking for an apartment, and expected to meet a few Yankees. Now I'm going to meet 55,000 of them all at the same time.
I did this young lady the courtesy of taking her and her sister to an Atlanta Braves game many years ago, and along with my son and daughter they all had a great time. As a die-hard Yankee fan, she was befuddled watching the Braves play the Mets -- she couldn't decide which team to hate more. She finally settled on hating the Mets, perhaps more out of a sense of courtesy since her host was shelling out big bucks for about anything the concession stands offered.
Let's be clear: Aside from Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium (now Turner Field), I've never been to a game in another major league park. The only other baseball game I've ever seen in person was a grand afternoon watching the minor league Knoxville Smokies play in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains. So Yankee Stadium will be a shocker of an experience.
My first concern is apparel. I feel pretty comfortable that I should not go barefooted. And I may eschew my overalls for some shorts considering the high temperatures. A Braves hat? Considering that New York is hosting the Toronto Blue Jays, that might confuse the heck out of everyone. And I wouldn't want the Yankee fans to think i was lost, because I know given their reputation for friendliness, they'd all be helping out by telling me where to go.
Will I root for the Yankees? We'll have to see, but my guess is probably not. I was raised to believe Yosemite Sam had the best perspective on dealing with the Yankees: