Sunday, April 15, 2012

Hannah's First Subway Ride to The Stadium

I remember my first Yankee game. It was 1977. The price of gas was .66 and the number one song in the land was Rod Stewart's Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright). I remember my father explaining to my as we were filling our Gremlin's tank that the Yankees were playing the Detroit Tigers in a double header. He told me we didn't have to stay for the whole game, that the second game was free. True to form, we stayed for both games. We sat under the bright blue sky for hours, it was one of the most magical days. My dad and I have returned to Yankee stadium numerous times over the years, including the 2001 World Series, when the Yankees played the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The love of going to a Yankee game is also shared with Michael. So taking our child to Yankee Stadium was a day we have been looking forward to experiencing since I was pregnant. There would be no doubt which team he or she would be rooting for. After all, Hannah will be a fourth generation Yankee fan in our family. We're such Yankees fans, that when we found out we could see the Mets play in early May with Center for Hearing and Communication, both of our first reactions was "No way would Hannah's first baseball game be with the Mets" and immediately bought Yankee tickets for a game before the Mets.

We left for the Stadium bright and early on Saturday. It would be Hannah's first subway ride too. We navigated all the stairs at the 59th Street subway stop and got out in the Boogie Down. Like in 1977, the day was beautiful, bright and sunny. We were like kids in a candy store, excited to share with Hannah Yankee lore and Lobel's. We got to our seats about 20 minutes before the first pitch, took our photos and ate our lunch. Hannah was asleep by the first pitch.

Hannah woke up by the fourth inning, but the Yankee bats were still asleep. Hannah didn't seem to mind. She just has a zest for life and started her waving and smiling. What a ham. By the 9th inning, with the Yankee down 7-1, Yankee Stadium was quiet except for Hannah, a true Yankee fan.

1 comment:

  1. What a magical moment, written and photo description of yet another first in life for your family and hers.

    Our first doubleheader has always been one of life's treasures for me.