It is easy to spend hundreds of dollas to watch the Yankees or the Mets play baseball.
If the game is more important to you than the players who play it, you can have fun investing in your time by watching the future stars play, and you can do that for around $25 per ticket in both Brooklyn and on Staten Island.
To get to a Staten Island ball game, you have to take the Staten Island Ferry ‘sea cruise’. The team there is the Staten Island Yankees, a professional farm team of the New York Yankees.
For Brooklyn games, take a train to Coney Island where the Brooklyn Cyclones, a farm team for the New York Mets, play.
The Class A league of which both teams are part, is the Pennsylvania League (‘Penn League’). The schedule is a ‘short’ season, running from mid June to early September.
Both ballparks are new, and the views from them are stupendous. From the SI park, the view over the outfield fence is the New York harbour, edged by the skyline of lower Manhattan, and over the Cyclone’s fence can be seen the 1930s Parachute Drop (pictured).
Across the street from the main entrance to the SI stadium are several restaurants. I go to the Hispanic one for a plate of cod fish stew, dirty rice and beans, and roast pork (pulled pork, elsewhere) for $6. And a mile or so eastward along Bay Street, toward the bridge, is Lakruwana, a delightful Sri Lankan restaurant.