Yankees at Citi Field — Section 18 Row 13 Seat 6
September 12 2017
Citi Field, Queens, NY
Hurricane Irma has given Yankees fans a bonus 3 game series at Citi Field—home of the Mets—where the Tampa Bay Rays are the home team, and the Yankees find themselves with home crowd advantage despite batting in the top half of the innings.
It also means a reduced seating chart, $25 tickets across the board, and a great night at the ballpark that I’m not going to pass up. I don’t think I’ve ever sat behind home plate so close, and certainly not for $25. All evening the chatter around me is about how close we are, and how cheap the tickets are. The weather is perfect, Bronx lifers and Yankees fans by DNA—Mike and Mikey—are my buddies for the night, and the Yankees win. I chat with the family behind me—assuring the young lady we’ll get a chance to catch a ball, which we do, and the story pretty much writes itself. Can one have a better night?
Sometimes, you just gotta go to the ballpark by yourself to truly experience the magic of baseball. Here are a few quick photos from Section 18, Row 13, Seat 6 at Citi Field for the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays on September 11, 2017.
In Judge we trust. Yankees fans love #99 Aaron Judge. Every at-bat the phones come out and photos get snapped. #99 is everywhere. It’s like being in Edmonton in the 80’s. He certainly brings excitement to the plate with him every time he steps into the box.
07:11:53 pm on 11.09.2017 — f2.2 @ 135mm iso500
I love how baseball turns grown ass men into bubbling little children. After catching a ball tossed into the stands by the Yankees’ ball boy, this man recounts the experience for nearly 5 minutes with his seatmate. The intensity in his storytelling and smile on his face lights my heart up.
08:50:35 pm on 11.09.2017 — f2 @ 135mm iso500
The same fan taunts a young Yankees fan with the ball he just caught, because only minutes earlier, he was jokingly badgering this young fan for his foul ball. Baseball.
08:50:57 pm on 11.09.2017 — f2 @ 135mm iso500
I bought my ticket from MLB.com only minutes before heading out the door to catch the 7 train to Citi Field. Not only is the ticket $25, but I’m sitting 13th row behind home plate in the comfy seats. You gotta jump on an opportunity when you see it, and hurricane Irma created this opportunity for a bonus 3 game set at Citi Field for the Yankees and Rays.
10:31:32 pm on 11.09.2017 — f2.8 @ 14mm iso400
It might not be the Bronx Zoo, but Yankee’s fans filling the entire lower level with the upper levels closed off due to limited staff, sure make Citi Field feel like Yankee Stadium. Heck, even the palette of this image screams Yankees. It really is a unique scene without a body above the lower level.
10:36:26 pm on 11.09.2017 — f4 @ 135mm iso800
With a 5-1 win over the Rays, the Yankees get within 3 games of AL East leading Red Sox. The connection between the players and the fans is obvious all night with small looks, little remarks, and a standing ovation after the game. It is a real fun and unique night to be in the ballpark.
10:41:22 pm on 11.09.2017 — f4 @ 135mm iso800
Thanks for a great night Citi Field. That thick Atlantic coast air looks good on you.
10:49:35 pm on 11.09.2017 — f4 @ 135mm iso1600
Nothing like a couple glasses of beer at the local dive bar post-game to write out my thoughts. A great finish to a bonus baseball game on this trip. New York City continues to give.
01:32:12 am on 12.09.2017 — f1.4 @ 24mm iso50