Last week Chevy invited me on a tour of some of New York’s baseball landmarks. We started at the MLB Fan Cave, then went to the spot where the Brooklyn Dodger’s offices used to be on Montague Street before going to Crif Dogs for lunch and then finally to Citi Field for a tour. All along the way we got to drive new Chevy Volts.
It was fun, but slightly disappointing in that there are many more baseball landmarks in New York City that we could have seen, like where the Polo Grounds used to be or Ebbets Field. Still, we had a good time and I got some swag.
The first stop was the Fan Cave where Marcus Hall and Aaron Roberts gave us a tour.
Here is Aaron Roberts showing us some Fan Cave stuff including a chair from Old Yankee Stadium.
A wall of baseballs that makes up the MLB logo. A lot of the balls were signed by people and players who have stopped by the cave.
Downstairs they had an old turnstile from Yankee Stadium.
This is the four story bank that is currently in its place, but this was originally a 10 story building where Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson.
I’ve been to Citi Field before, but the tour was fun and I actually like the ballpark a lot (it looks just like Ebbets Field on the outside).
No pictures inside the Mets clubhouse itself, but it was cool to check it out. The pitchers all had pictures of comic book characters above their lockers. Matt Harvey had a New York Rangers jersey in his locker with an autographed stick (we couldn’t tell who signed it and I believe it was a Harvey Rangers jersey). Some players had jerseys of each team they played for in their locker. Latroy Hawkins had a Mariano Rivera jersey in his locker.
Old yearbooks are on the wall down there. This one had Joe Torre on the cover so I couldn’t resist a shot.
This is where the room where the Mets direct each night’s broadcast.
A view from the luxury boxes (it’s sweet that they are actually on field level).
A view from the press box.
That was pretty much it. The coolest part for me was meeting John Thorn, MLB’s official historian. He met us at Montague Street to tell us about the Jackie Robinson signing. I wish he came with us to Citi Field, but there hasn’t been any history there yet anyway so I suppose it didn’t matter.