ratpag spent yesterday afternoon at a baseball game because what else has ratpag got to do on a Tuesday at 1 pm? Nothing. While aimlessly wondering the concourse and trying with great might to figure out a way to afford $12 beers ratpag came upon an idea – one that has been touched upon before, not long ago – but still an idea. “We should make a public transit guide to baseball stadiums. That way we can write-off all baseball stadium visits and incidentals.”
So, for tax purposes, here is proof of ratpag’s fieldwork and its combination of baseball and mass transit, which gives ratpag a great big ole hardon:
Exhibit 1 clearly shows the presence of a subway near a baseball stadium. Thus justifies all expenses on ratpag company credit card between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.
With that out of the way, let us continue our Travel To Baseball Stadiums By Transit series, which began somewhat unintentionally last month. So…where to begin…how about the Yankees? This makes more sense if you know where you’re coming from but, if you know that, you likely know how to get where you’re going. Or you have Google Maps or something. In case you somehow don’t have a smartphone map app on you but do have ratpag you can take the 4 train to Yankee Stadium. Not near the 4 train but near the B or D train? Well, take one of those. They both go there. Note that the D train runs super express up the Upper West Side while the B train makes all stops. Also note that the B train only runs up to the Bronx and, thus, Yankee Stadium during rush hour. Might just want to take the D. You can also take Metro North to the Yankee Stadium stop at 153rd Street if you’re coming from outside of subway range.
Let’s see…we’re just going off the top of our head here…how about the Dodgers? If you can find a way to get to Union Station you can get to Dodger Stadium for free (from Union Station. And by holding a Dodgers ticket to that night’s game). “Why not just drive? It’s so liberating.” This is the traffic situation getting into the stadium:
And this is the parking situation:
There don’t seem to be a lot of easy escapes by car. The Dodger Stadium Express picks you up at Union Station, rides along exclusive bus lanes to a drop-off/pick-up location near Lot G (just beyond center field) and Lot P (just beyond home plate).
And how about one more ballpark by transit? Let’s go with one that nobody would think of…how about the Royals? They’ve been getting better, more people might be heading out to Kauffman Stadium…oh my. We don’t mean to alarm anybody but it takes a very long time to take transit from what we assume is downtown Kansas City to the ballpark:
That truly does look unpleasant. So the suggested route is to take the 47 bus towards Broadway/Blue Ridge Crossing – a journey that only traverses some 66 stops over, somehow, 42 minutes, before leaving you for a 1 mile walk to the actual stadium. In fact, bicycling would take the exact same amount of time, if not less when factoring red lights run and wrong way streets traveled. Whatever you do, do not drive the 11 minutes to the stadium in your own personal vehicle. I think ratpag is justified in boycotting the Kansas City Royals until a more suitable and swift method of public transit to the ballpark is implemented.
And, finally, ratpag neither claims nor denies any involvement in this delightful rat on subway situation:
Would it have been wrong for ratpag to have purposely let loose a plump, possibly deranged rat in a subway car full of Monday morning commuters? Who are we to decide? And is it wrong to generate excitement and talking points amongst people who would have otherwise remained strangers? We’re just throwing out hypotheticals here. As ratpag made perfectly clear earlier in this post – we demand a thoroughness second to none in ensuring our actions are legal. So read our lips: We did not release that rat on this train.