Taking a Bite out of the Big Apple
"Every game here is like the World Series," says former Indians pitcher Jaret Wright. The righthander succinctly sums up what its like to play for the Yankees in New York. The atmosphere here is like no other in the game of baseball. The media in New York usually outnumbers the players by a 2-1 margin making it uncomfortable for players who are not used to that type of scrutiny.
The history and tradition of baseball is a living, breathing thing at Yankee Stadium. Monument Park located beyond the center field wall pays homage to Yankee greats of the past. When Grady Sizemore takes his position in center field he does so knowing that Joe DiMaggio once roamed the same grassy plain. Before CC Sabathia took batting practice here on Wednesday, Jeremy Guthrie told him that he would be stepping in the same batters box that Mickey Mantle once stood in. "That’s awesome," said Sabathia. "I want to get some pictures taken of me swinging the bat here. I mean how many guys can say they got to hit at Yankee Stadium?"
Yankee Stadium is located uptown in the Bronx. If you take the 4 train downtown to Grand Central Station you will be smack in the middle of the busiest city in the world. Just a few blocks from Grand Central is Times Square, The United Nations Building, Park Avenue and all that midtown has to offer. If you find yourself near Grand Central at lunch time then take the 6 train downtown to Canal Street. Walk a few blocks to Mulberry Street and check out historic Little Italy. The street is lined with restaurants and bakeries and you can’t go wrong with any of them. My personal favorites are Il Fornaio and Pellegrino’s, located only 2 doors from each other.
If you decide to make a trip to the big apple then make sure you bring your wallet. Prices here are enough to give Midwesterners a serious case of sticker shock! A bottle of beer will cost you $8.25 at the hotel and at Yankee Stadium a cheese steak sandwich runs $9.75. Of course living in NYC is a whole different story. A small two-bedroom apartment on the low-end will cost around $2500 a month. A parking space might cost as much as $500 monthly unless you have an SUV then the price suddenly jumps to $750.
New York City. It’s a great place to visit but, I wouldn’t want to live here.