I arose early this morning, at the time when the sun was just about to rise, bringing in a rainbow full of light. A glance out the window reminded me of the big plans that would be happening during the day. I quickly helped my family pack our belongings and left the Renaissance Hotel before the clock could strike 8:30. With that, we continued on another four hour journey from Ft. Lauderdale to Tampa. It was a beautiful drive. We drove across island after island before finally reaching a halt at the parking lots for the George M. Steinbrenner Field at exactly 12:45. With excitement, my family and I walked across the long bridge and settled into our pretty good seats.
This was my first Yankee game, even though it was considered as the last spring training game. Four years ago, the season the Yankees last won the World Series, my mom planned on taking us to a game at the Yankees stadium. It would have been a great game with well-known players such as Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Posada, Robinson Cano, Chien-Ming Wang, and Mariano Rivera on the field and batting. However, that one day, New York City was expecting rain, so at the last minute, my mom backed out and decided not to go. It did not rain. Yes, not a drop of rain fell that sunny night. At home, the four of us sat on the couch and watched as all the great players caught impossible balls and hit doubles. Mariano Rivera even pitched the last inning. Chien-Ming Wang pitched as well, in the season that would essentially be his last with the New York Yankees, until now. To say that I was upset was the least that I felt. I was heartbroken to see the Yankees win a terrific game on television when I could have been there, in the crowd.
I was thrilled to see the Yankees play, but I was also disappointed because many of the best players were not there due to injuries. It was the Yankees’ last spring training game with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The game was neck-to-neck with a score of 0-0 until the seventh inning when Yankees’ pitcher, Cody Eppley, slipped and let the Pirates gain two runs. However, the Yankees fought on and gained a run in the ninth inning with second and third bases occupied. Their designated hitter, Travis Hafner, was up last when the Yankees already had two outs. Hopefully, he would have sent everyone home with a home run, but instead, he struck out three times. Although it was disappointing to not see my all-time favorite players and to watch the Yankees lose, it was a great experience and I hope I can go see one of their regular season’s game!