Having arrived in New York in the rain, it quickly turned into sunshine and good luck. The New York Yankees were to play Tampa Bay on Friday the 8th of July, when it was anticipated the Yankee’s captain Derek Jeter would make his 3000th hit (only 27 people have done this in the history of baseball). Due to the rain, the game was postponed, which left us with the hottest tickets in town for the Saturday game.
In the third innings, Jeter made his 3000th hit with a home run, making him the 28th person to do so in history, and the first ever to hit 3000 exclusively for the Yankees. Not only did he make the 3000 hits, but had 3003 hits by the end of the 9th innings, with the Yankees winning 5-4. The electric atmosphere at this sell out event was one never experienced before. Locals reporting that it was one of the best games they had ever seen.
The following day, we headed out to New Jersey to watch the New York Liberty (women’s national basketball league - WNBL) play the Chicago Sky. The WNBL is usually played at Madison Square Garden, but due to renovations has moved venues for the next 3 summers. The atmosphere was substantially different to the baseball, with a crowd of approximately 5000 compared to the 50 000 at Yankee Stadium. The game was close with Liberty winning 80-73 in the last 25 seconds of the game. The game was a great change of pace, as was the half time entertainment.