This is a view from our seats at the Yankees vs Orioles game on July 30, 2008. I took this before the game started. The stadium was still filling and had over 54,000 fans which is pretty typical. I thought photographing this guy carrying beer while trying to negotiate his way to his seat gave a pretty dizzying perspective. While the seats we had were up high, they were decent seats behind home plate and the best part in the shade the entire game. This fact was really important because it was muggy and in the 90's.
Mark and his brother are big Yankee fans and get a package of tickets every year. This year his brother had a couple of occasions where he could not make the games. I have never in my life been to a Major League baseball game. This summer I got to go to two in as many weeks. When Mark asked me my initial response was "no". I figured either Russ or Jon would want to go, but they declined which left me feeling bad for saying no. So I thought about it and decided that it would be nice to participate in something that he loves so much. I had a very good time at the first game I went to on July 23 and the Yankees beat the Twins 5 to 1.
I did not bring either camera to the first game because Mark told me they did not allow large bags or backpacks into the stadium. The weather looked iffy and severe storms were in the forecast so I didn't want to get caught with my D200 (even though it is weather-sealed) in the rain and the Olympus is not weather-sealed at all.
As it turned out they have relaxed the "no backpack, no large bag" rule. So for this game on July 30, I decided to carry my Olympus E300 and the smallish bag I have for it to the game. I was glad I did. I got some nice photos for Mark's scrapbook and I might be able to make some nice prints for the game-room.
I really enjoyed myself and would definitely go again, perhaps a night game next time.
Oh, by the way, the Yankees beat the Orioles 13-3.
Coming back to AM3 after a long hiatus. I hope to be more active in the coming months.