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The Bronx Bombers Take Manhattan

by Richard, CEO

bronxbombersIt was only a matter of time before the team that most people associate primarily with New York made their landing on Broadway. And so it’s no surprise that the new play Bronx Bombers (a new play by Eric Simonson, who also brought us Lombardi) is making its Broadway debut this month in the Circle on the Square theater. This is a play for just about every generation.  In subtle, nudging ways it speaks to the disputes and rivalries that divide us, transposed against the things that bind us as families and social groups.  In the story, it’s the Bronx Bombers of old but in reality, it’s any of us with multi-generational family experiences

The story is set, for the most part, in an NYC hotel room, where a cast of characters bearing names like Ruth and DiMaggiobronxbombers3, Berra and Jeter and other Bronx greats come to rehash their days as New York Yankees. Looking backwards, the show tracks the ball playing experiences of several prominent Yankees. We see players from the 1930’s all the way up to the current team.

The glue that holds the story together is the great Yankee catcher, Yogi Berra, played wonderfully by Peter Scolari. With just enough age and stoop of shoulder, Scolari does a very good portrayal of the Yankee great. It is Berra who acts the patriarchal figure to the sort of childish, petulant, and often egotistical other members of the elite Yankee teams. It is Berra who encourages their attendance and it is Berra who guides their awareness of the greater good.

bronxbombers1The central story focuses on the infamous egotistical tug-of-war that existed between the manager Billy Martin and the larger than life, cocky Reggie Jackson.  In one never to be forgotten game, Martin and Jackson got into a very public shouting match during a game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston.  Shouting and kept apart only through the efforts of Yogi Berra, their famous spat almost tore the Yankees apart.  Many Yankee players resented Reggie for his showboating tactics but valued his athletic contributions. One of those in that hate/love/hate relationship was the late Thurmond Munson, another great Yankee catcher.

In the play, the acting is very strong and the dialog spot on. You believe its Mickey Mantle and Billy Martin. Munson is on point, Berra is Berra as a man; not just a character. Reggie is good as is this DiMaggio. Gehrig is as we remember him. Excellent portrayals all around.

bronxbombers2In this play, Yogi is the presence that wraps all of the players in the blanket called the New York Yankees. It is Yogi who explains in soft and hard ways the importance of remembering who they were: Yankees. Reggie is but one of the egos in the room.  DiMaggio had no peer for his aloofness while Mantle had no peer for his fun-filled, drinking antics. The line of famous catchers (Berra, Elston, Howard, and Munson) appear as the players who are always focused on the bigger picture. Reggie and Joe D focused on themselves, Gehrig was self effacing but still resented the way the press lauded over Ruth. Billy Martin was fighting alcoholic demons virtually all his Yankee life. Only Derek Jeter seems to be lacking an interfering ego.

If you see these Yankee superstars of old as stand-ins for your past and present family of uncles and aunts, brothers and sisters, in law and outlaws, you will understand the power a story can have on the audience.  The things that bind us can be better and stronger then the things that separate us.  The pride of Yankee family was bigger, more important, and always everlasting than the errors of these flawed human beings.

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Kelly: I am a Yankees Fanatic

Hello NYG fans!

My name is Kelly, I am the Sales and Operations Manger on the New York Guest team. Being a native of Northern New Jersey, just 15 miles away from Manhattan, I have been a Yankee fan since birth. Every year around this time, when spring training is in full swing (pun intended),  I start to get excited for the upcoming baseball season.  This year is no different! I am already glued to the nightly news for reports on who is being traded, which players are coming back and how the pre-season games are going.

Andy Pettitte throws against the Minnesota Twins

I am sad to start off the 2011 season by saying good-bye to the retiring long-time Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte.  Pettitte, along with Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera, make up the heart of the team I grew up with and have watched season after winning season. On the bright side, his retirement opens the door for the up and coming rookies to show their stuff.  Seeing new pitchers take the mound is never boring (see the story of Joba Chamberlain to see what I mean)

This is also the time of year my family starts planning the games we want to go see at Yankee Stadium– I try to go to at least 20 games every season! With 80 home game between April and October the hardest part is narrowing my choices down to just 20 games .  There are some special games I plan to attend, like Old Timer’s Day that have to be reserved months in advance due to their special popularity . However it happens all the time that I will get a call at 4:30 on the afternoon of a game from someone offering me a ticket…and I never turn down a ticket to a Yankees game!

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My view of the field at one of last year's games

People ask me all the time why I am a Yankees fan. It’s more than just being a native of the New York metro area since I know Yankees fans who have never stepped foot in New York City. Yankees fans are like family. I frequently run into people I know at the game– cousins, friends and sometimes even other New York Guest team members! Baseball in New York City is a serious deal. Just about everyone has one allegiance or another, and the top baseball news of the day is constantly under discussion.  The few games a year when the Yankees play the other hometown team, the New York Mets, are some of the hottest tickets to acquire in the entire league. Then of course there are the Boston Red Sox.  The Yankees vs. Red Sox rivalry is the best rivalry in all of sports with an exhilarating history that extends back over100 years. Tickets to these epic games are nearly impossible to find, but I have connections that make getting tickets possible.

The New Yankee Stadium

I love helping my clients with their baseball ticket orders since baseball is something I am truly passionate about. I can also advise you on some special tips that only the locals know, such as the special Yankees ferry that goes to & from Yankee Stadium on game days. What a beautiful way to get to the game!  Let me help you with your summer baseball tickets by e-mailing me your request at KKademian@newyorkguest.com or you can buy tickets right on our website.

On NewYorkGuest.com you can either buy Yankees tickets by themselves, or a Yankees Baseball Package including tickets and your hotel stay.

If you have any questions, just give me a call at (212) 302-4019!

–Kelly

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