I can’t win.
Last week, when the weather was looking iffy, I decided to skip a Mets-Marlins game at Citi Field, and there ended up being batting practice.
Today, with iffy weather once again in the forecast, I bought a ticket off StubHub for $17 (including the asinine fees) and headed out to Yankee Stadium. Half an hour before the gates were set to open, it started drizzling…of course. I was still on the #4 train at that point, so I rode it an extra stop (to 167th Street) and back just to get a peek inside the stadium and see if there was still batting practice. This is what I saw:
CRAP CRAP CRAP CRAP CRAP!!!!!!
(I can’t curse any worse than that on here or it’ll get bleeped, so just imagine a different four-letter word.)
I decided to go home.
Security at Yankee Stadium is so strict (and the whole Yankee Stadium experience is so unpleasant) that if there’s no batting practice, it’s just not worth being there, even with a valid ticket already in my possession.
Kinda interesting, but whatever. I’m so frustrated right now that nothing really seems interesting. You know the feeling?
I’m still planning to go to Washington, D.C. tomorrow, and of course there’s a 50 percent chance of rain.
Another thing happening tomorrow is that I’m going to be in the New York Daily News. I’ll pick up a copy on my way out of NYC, and if the piece has any substance, I’ll scan it and post it in my next entry. It’s going to be a big feature story about collectors in New York–not just baseball collectors, but all kinds. I have no idea who else the Daily News interviewed or how much they’ll actually write about me, but they DID send a photographer to take pics of me with all the balls, so that’s a good sign.
Finally (and this is totally unrelated to anything), I decided to give that “Beat The Streak” contest a shot. You know about this? Basically, all you need to do is pick one player every day who you think will get a hit, and if you compile a “hitting streak” that ends up beating the all-time MLB record of 56, you win a million bucks. Yesterday was my first attempt. I picked Freddy Sanchez as my guy to get a hit. He was playing at home, facing Livan Hernandez (whose fastball is in the low to mid-80s), and he’s been red-hot…and he rarely walks which means he’s always likely to put the ball in play. Seemed like a good choice, no? Well, he ended up going 0-for-5, so my “streak” is still at zero entering tonight’s action. I picked David Wright to get a hit tonight against the left-handed Zach Duke, and tomorrow I have Ryan Zimmerman against the Big Unit. (You can make selections up to 10 days in advance.)
That’s all I got.
Back to my book…