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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Royalty sees a few MLB doubleheaders in NYC & Philadelphia in April!‏

The second week of the baseball season was highlighted by a pair of New York Yankees & Philadelphia Phillies back to back doubleheaders on April 12th & April 13th. 

On Saturday April 12th the Yankees played an afternoon game in the Bronx at Yankee Stadium when they hosted their arch rival the Boston Red Sox who are the reigning World Champions. That day the King ‎& I were joined by our pals Bryan Gilligan & William Frank Guthrie. 

View from section 420B row 7 at Yankee Stadium
As for the game we saw, the Yankees used the long ball as they hit five home runs to overpower the Red Sox, 7-4. 

After the game, Bryan drove all of us down to Philadelphia. We went ‎to Citizens Bank Park to see the Phillies host the Miami Marlins that night. It was a busy evening in the City of Brotherly Love as the Frozen Four was being played across the street at the Wells Fargo Center. With that being said, my pal & fellow roadtripper Andrew Van Cleve went there. He saw Union College which is located in NY State in Schenectady near Albany beat the University of Minnesota, 7-4.

As for the rest of us we went to see the baseball game. As for the game we saw, the Phillies had an early 4-1 lead after three innings. The Marlins tied the game at four thanks to their slugger Giancarlo Stanton who hit a solo homer in fifth inning & a two run homer in the seventh inning. ‎The game wound up going into extra innings as the Phillies prevailed when shortstop Jimmy Rollins ended the game in the tenth inning with a game winning homer with two out to give the Phillies a 5-4 victory.

Phillies win, 5-4!
After the game, Bryan drove me to Andrew Van Cleve's house where I spent the night. Bryan drove the King ‎& William Frank back home.  Andrew would have put them up too but they decided to go home instead.

As for me, I got to see his kids, Dylan & Micah aka the Ultimate Sports Brothers. I enjoyed seeing them again. I got a good night sleep then I walked to Citizens Bank Park to see the Phillies play the Marlins again that afternoon. Andrew decided to take Micah to see the Flyers play the Hurricanes later that afternoon instead. I thanked him for his his hospitality & I said goodbye to him & the kids. 
On my way to the game, I stopped off at Pat's King of Steaks for a signature Philly cheese steak that the City is known for. The line was long but it moved fast. When you go there, you have to know what you want otherwise they'll skip you. I ordered a cheese steak which I sat down & ate. When I got done, I finished walking over to Citizens Bank Park. 

Pat's King of Steaks
Philly cheese steak
I wound up meeting the King & Bryan inside the ballpark since they decided to go home then drive back down. 

View from section 319 at Citizens Bank Park
As for the game we saw, ‎the Phillies fell behind 2-0 & 3-1 before they were able to tie the game at three on a two run double by catcher Wil Nieves in the bottom of the fifth inning. They won the game, 4-3 thanks to a solo home run by Chase Utley in the bottom of the eighth inning.

After the game, Bryan drove the King ‎& I back to the Bronx for the series finale between the Yankees & the World Champion Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees won two of the first three.

Me, The King & Ken Liu
Once we got situated in our seats in section 420B row 7‎, shortly thereafter we got a visit from fellow roadtripper Ken Liu who lives in Los Angeles. He was in the Northeast because he was doing training for his new job in the Philadelphia area. It was great to see Ken again. The King & I initially met him when we went to Australia to open the season in late March. Ken decided to go in February. Since he's a Dodger fan it made sense for him to do so.

As for the game we saw, the Yankees fell behind 1-0 in the top of the second inning. They went ahead in the ‎bottom of the third thanks to a two run home run by Carlos Beltran. They tacked on another run in the bottom of the fourth to go up, 3-1. Mike Napoli of the Red Sox hit a solo homer in the top of the sixth but the Red Sox couldn't even the score as the Yankees held on to win the game, 3-2 as they took three out of the four games.

Stay tuned as I plan to do some more special posts about the other highlights from the month of April.

Thank you for reading ‎& following along.

Yours truly, 

Gary Herman

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