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Friday, July 10, 2015

MetroNorth, Yankee Stadium and Della Donna's Bucket List



"It's not about what's over the rainbow. It's more about the Yellow Brick Road, the people we meet, and the friends we make along the way."
-- from A Gift of Love, by Linda Della Donna


I live in a suburb of Westchester County less than twenty-five miles north of Yankee Stadium. Until one week ago I'd never been to Yankee Stadium. For me, a ball game was that boring indoor activity usually watched on TV.

Seeing a real professional ball game, a live Yankee ball game, was on my Bucket List.

Last Sunday this writer scratched that item off her Bucket List.

There is a train station, MetroNorth, walking distance from my place. After Googling and asking friends, I learned that when the Yanks have a home game, MetroNorth runs a special train to Yankee Stadium with a connection at 125th Street, the stop before Grand Central Station.

Because this writer has zero sense of direction and didn't want to drive to the stadium by way of Boston, she opted to take that Yankee train. To my wonderful surprise, it was an easy ride and I'm glad I opted for that special train ride.

It was Yankees vs. Rays, my seat was in Section 418, and my view of the ball field and anything happening on and around it, was awesome.

I saw A-Rod hit a home run; I root-root-rooted for my home team, and I participated in the party atmosphere along with every dang Yankee fan seated in Yankee Stadium.

Imagine. I did the "wave" thing. More than once. And I didn't feel silly.

I even ate a cold hot dog in half-stale roll topped in yellow mustard and watery sauerkraut, and thought it delicious!

Yes! I had the time of my life.

In between whooping it up and cheering my brains out, I snapped a few photos.

Today I share.

I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed living them.


P.S. The bad news is the Yankees lost. They simply had a bad day; The good news is I had a great day. The better news is I fulfilled a dream and crossed an item off my Bucket List.

The best news is I left with a Bucket of Memories--That sublime feeling riding an empty train ride to Yankee Stadium; Hearing and seeing The United States Air Force Band play the Star Spangled Banner; Seeing A-rod slam a homer; Singing out of tune and making hand gestures to that oldie but goodie, "Y-M-C-A;" cheering my favorite team through a loser game under the umbrella of a hot sun, and experiencing first-hand the true joy of sport.

Guess that sums it up.
The train from 125th Street.
Imagine, I had the entire car to myself.
If I didn't snap a photo, who'd believe?


The United States Air Force Band.
Impressive sight. Impressive sound.

Yankee Stadium


Say goodnight Linda. Goodnight Linda.



That's me spending a little time in the Yankee "locker" room.





A little Information:

1 E 161st St
Bronx, NY 10451

"Train to the Game"

My Bucket List
Shhhh, it's a secret. *wink*