My Trip to the House that Ruth Built…

Mike Theobald and his Mom at Yankee Stadium

In September of 2012, my Mom got tickets to a Yankee game for our family. I was almost thirty at the time and as I’m getting older it’s becoming more difficult to go on day trips due to all the assistance I need. This adventure I will never forget! We left before the sun came up taking a bus down to New York City. The big coach bus had a huge the lift so I could get on the bus. This was scary, it felt like I was twenty feet in the air. The bus driver just tied my chair down because a nearly two-hundred-pound motorized wheelchair can cause some serious damage if it is not secure but other than that, it was an uneventful trip down. The bus driver played the baseball movie MoneyBall and we made it down in no time.


The book that the movie MoneyBall was based on, is about one my favorite players Nick Swisher who was playing in 2012 for the Yankees before he would go to the Cleveland Indians in 2013.  Swisher was great at-bat and always a pleasure to watch.


Once we made it to New York the people on the bus split up to check out the stadium. My family and I went to a ticket booth to ensure that I had accessible seating. We then checked out some sights around the stadium and found our seats. We were on the third level behind the Yankee dugout near home plate. Mom did a good job securing the tickets! The seats had a roll-up and each section had a stadium employee that would give out free soda, peanuts, and popcorn to people with tickets in that area.


This game has some historical sports significance. After 14 innings of play, the Yankees finally beat the Athletics 10 to 9. It was a long, long game going 5 extra innings and went it was over I was ready to go. We didn’t get out of the city until about seven and didn’t get home until one in the morning.  It was a great experience and when I mentioned the game to other baseball fans, they remember it as the extremely long winning Yankee game of the 2012 season.


Mike Theobald is a contributing writer to the ARISE Website and a part-time employee. His stories offer a unique perspective on life in Central New York.