|Me at Citizens Bank Park|
As a result, all teams and players acknowledge this momentous occasion by honoring this baseball legend by wearing his number 42 which was retired by all teams. Only a select few like Mariano Rivera of the Yankees still wear 42 on a regular basis.
Royalty celebrated this special day by seeing not one but two Major League games on this Sunday.
First of all, we met up with our friends Phil Butleman and Bryan Gilligan by Yankee Stadium as the King proceeded to drive us all to Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia where the Mets were visiting the Phillies that afternoon.
Thanks to our friend Frankie Centola who was there with his son Frank the third, for getting us tickets for the game.
It was nice to see them again as always. We'll be returning the favor on Memorial Day when the Phillies visit Citi Field to play the Mets.
As for the game we saw, the Mets were looking to sweep the Phillies. The Mets jumped out to an early 2-1 lead after the first inning. The score remained that way until the seventh inning when the Met bullpen came on and imploded.
The Phillies finally broke through against Met pitching. Mike Pelfrey who started, worked in and out of trouble for six innings. He handed over the one run lead to the bullpen and they let the game get away as the Phillies poured it on as they avoided being swept. The Phillies wound up whipping the Mets, 8-2.
After the game, we drove back to Yankee Stadium for game two of our doubleheader.
We arrived with a little time to spare as the King managed to get the job done despite the usual Sunday traffic heading back to NYC.
In the nightcap, we got to see the rubber match between the Angels and the Yankees on Sunday night baseball thanks to ESPN.
The Angels drew first blood in this one as they scored the first run of the game in the top of the second inning thanks to a home run by Mark Trumbo. The Yankees answered right back to tie the score in the bottom half of the inning as Raul Ibanez delivered a run scoring single.
The Yankees tacked on four more runs in third inning and Derek Jeter hit a three run homer in the fourth to give the Yankees' a 8-1 lead. The Angels' came back to cut the deficit to 8-5 but the Yankees added three more runs late to win the game, 11-5 to take the series, two games to one. During the game, I received a visit from a co-worker of mine, Dan Juvan who was at the game with his friend Issac.It was very nice of them to come up to the royal box to say hello.
In addition, I did get to see some other special guests while I was at the Yankee game that night as well. Stay tuned for the special post I'm going to do regarding them.
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