The Schryver Family

New York City ... August 11-13, 2017

Mel Busler is a Watertown television station sportscaster that David has known since they worked together at WATN radio in Watertown back in 1977.  His wife Rose coordinates trips and tours all over.  One of their annual adventures is a trip to New York City each summer to see a Yankee game.

This year we were able to get on the roster to attend this trip.  We picked our friends Gary and Carol Wilcox up shortly after 7 AM that Friday morning and arrived at the pick up point well ahead of the 8 AM departure time.  Unfortunately, when we got there, we were told that the bus had a mechancial problem and the driver had called their dispatch in Lisbon.  He had headed back north to meet the other bus.  We didn't ge underway until about 10 AM. 

We arrived at Yankee Stadium around 4 PM and lounged at the Hard Rock Cafe until the doors opened at 5.  We were escorted to our seats.  We're not talking bleachers here, or even box seats.  Yankee Stadium has something called the Audi Club.  Sponsored by the automaker, it is an air-conditioned lounge/bar with tiered seats and more food than you could possibly eat in a week.  The food was part of the package and was available until around the seventh inning. 

The club is located straddling the left field foul line in the upper area.  The front enclosure is a huge pane of glass and you could literally see everything throughout the stadium.  If this wasn't all great enough, the Yanks were playing the Boston Red Sox this night.  At this point in the season, the Yanks were in second place, five games behind Boston.  It was a pretty ho-hum game for the first seven innings.  Boston had a two-run homer in the first and then another run in the fifith.  They led 3-0 at the middle of the eighth.  Then the Yankees woke up.  They had a five run eighth inning.  Boston was only able to get one in the ninth so the Bombers were victorious 5.4.

We didn't get to our hotel until afer 12:30 AM.  It was in Secaucus, New Jersey and it was a suite.  It would have been a great room if we were staying a month but was really more than we needed for the few hours we were there the two nights.  A complete breakfast was included both mornings.  On Saturday, we headed into Manhattan and walked around.  In addition to Gary and Carol, our group included their daughter Laurie and her husband Matt, Carol's two sisters and their husbands and our friends Dale and Julie Call.  Several of us went to see Bette Midler in Hello Dolly at the Shubert Theater on 44th Street.  All of the gals in the group attended the show, as did David.  The other guys went drinking!

The show was phenominal!  In addition to Midler, the lead male was David Hyde Pierce who was well-known as Dr. Niles Crane on the NBC sitcom Frasier.  The whole cast was exceptional.  In the second act, when the cast started singing the song Hello Dolly for the first time, the audience came unhinged!  Applause, hooting, standing ovations ... and laughter throughout the performance.  We had both forgotten that the show was a comedy!

BTW ... David had a some of the guys tell him that if we attend next year and go to a show, they will go to it is he does!

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