Last night I went to The Ballpark at St. George to see the Staten island Yankees beat the Connecticut Tigers 4-3. Here is my brief trip report:
HOW TO GET THERE: This is a no brainer. Just take the ferry and follow the crowd. It is about a five minute walk along the water to the back door of the stadium.
THE BALLPARK: The Ballpark at St. George is truly a gem. The seats are situated so that you are looking out into the Harbor with the lights of NYC in the background. Throughout the game, tugboats and container ships glide by. Beautiful. The seats are comfortable, the restrooms are clean. Best of all, in a small stadium you are right on top of the action.
THE COST: My cousin got the ticket as part of a group from Stuyvesant HS Baseball Team. It cost $18 and included free ballpark food as well as a SI Yankees Hat. The food included unlimited hamburgers [ugh], chicken sandwiches [ugh], hotdogs [ok], chips and soda. Better to have eaten the cap. But, it appears that other options were available. Beer was extra, and I treated me and my cousin to Sam'l Adams lagers for $7. Unlike Yankee Stadium or Citi Field, you need not break the bank to see baseball.
THE ATMOSPHERE: A half full stadium of several thousand folks is clearly not the same as 45,000 screaming Yankee fans at Yankee Stadium watching the Bombers take on the BoSox. BUT, there is a quaint low frills charm to minor league baseball. Between innings there are all sorts of silly contests and giveaways . We saw a fun game and a come from behind victory. AND, after this game, and many others, there were great fireworks.
Baseball is an American pastime. For those who just want an inexpensive taste, the Staten Island Yankees or the Brooklyn Cyclones may be just the thing for you. Visitors and NYers alike.