Friday, September 12, 2008

September 13, 2008 - Sure to be a historic baseball day in NYC - 4 games in a single day!

Tonight there was a steady bout of rain in New York City, washing out both scheduled games in the city (Yankees and Mets).

Both teams have decided to play doubleheaders tomorrow, Saturday, September 13. Of course, the Yankees have gone with the split format. I'd like to think they did this to ensure that everyone got to use their tickets since the remainder of the schedule is sold out. The Mets, on the other hand are having an old-fashioned single admission doubleheader. Over the years, these doubleheaders have become less frequent as teams try to maximize profits and doubleheaders became a union no-no.

In a shocking turn of events, I will actually be attending the doubleheader in the old dump in Flushing, Queens. My cousin is a Mets fan from Virginia (poor guy) and has never been to Shea. Earlier this year, we planned a trip so he could see the Stadium one time before they thankfully level it.

I'm fairly certain that some overworked and underpaid research guru is sifting through the records at the Worldwide Leader right now trying to figure out the last time there were 4 baseball games in the city of New York in one day. I would take a wild guess that it was some time in the 1960's. Regardless of the last time it happened, the event is not common - most of the time the Mets and Yankees alternate homestands.

The way the times of the games are set up, one person can reasonably attend 3 major league baseball games in one day. How many people can say they have done that?

The itinerary would be as follows:

- Get to Yankee Stadium for the 1:05 start.
- Hope for a fast game, or else leave a bit early, allowing a reasonable amount of time to cross the river and head to Queens for the 3:55 start.
- Stay for both games at Shea (two for the price of one).

OR, if you have a lot of money to burn, you can follow the following itinerary:

- Get to Yankee Stadium for the 1:05 start
- Hope for a fast game, or else leave a but early, allowing a reasonable amount of time to cross the river and head to Queens for the 3:55 start.
- Leave the 3:55 Mets game in time for the 7:05 Yankee game back in the Bronx.

Sadly, pre-existing plans prevent me from living out this historic feat, but if anyone plans to do it, please write in - you'll be the hero of baseball fans everywhere.

Talk about it in the NYYSI Forums!

1 comment:

Simon said...

I went to the Mets game on saturday and was somehow not aware that my tickets were valid for the second game... oh well

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