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Monday, September 15, 2014

Royalty schedule w/o 9/15

Here's the game plan:

Monday September 15th Marlins at Mets 7:10PM

Tuesday September 16th Marlins at Mets 7:10PM

Wednesday September 17th Marlins at Mets 7:10PM

Thursday September 18th Blue Jays at Yankees 7:05PM

Friday September 19th Blue Jays at Yankees 7:05PM

Saturday September 20th Blue Jays at Yankees 4:05PM

                                        
Sunday September 21st Texans at Giants 1PM

Check back to see how it turned out.

Hope all my readers and followers have a great week.

As always, if you need assistance don't hesitate to ask.

Stay tuned as I plan to continue to write about the highlights of my baseball season in August. Please bear with me as I try to find time to catch up. I keep falling further behind. Please be patient. It will be worth the wait.

If you like to tweet you can follow me on Twitter too. @royaltytoursusa

Furthermore, we can hook up on Facebook and/or Four Square as well.

With all the ways to communicate these days, we should always be in touch.

Remember team work makes the dream work.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Monday, September 8, 2014

2015 MLB Schedule

Please see the link below for all the details.

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/93670512/2015-regular-season-schedule-revealed-by-mlb


If and when you need my expertise in planning your 2015 baseball road trips please feel free to contact me.

I plan to dissect the schedule to put together the most creative trip plans that the schedule allows.

Thank you for reading and following along.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Royalty schedule w/o 9/8

Here's the game plan:

Monday September 8th Rockies at Mets 7:10PM

Tuesday September 9th Rockies at Mets 7:10PM

Wednesday September 10th Rockies at Mets 7:10PM

Thursday September 11th Nationals at Mets 7:10PM

Friday September 12th Nationals at Mets 7:10PM

Saturday September 13th Rhode Island Rams at Fordham Rams 1PM  

                                         Nationals at Mets 7:10PM
                              
Sunday September 14th Nationals at Mets 1:10PM

                                       Yankees at Orioles 8:05PM
                                          
Check back to see how it played out.

Hope all my readers and followers have a great week.

As always, if you need assistance don't hesitate to ask.

Stay tuned as I plan to continue to write about the highlights of my baseball season in August. Please bear with me as I try to find time to catch up. I keep falling further behind. Please be patient. It will be worth the wait.

If you like to tweet you can follow me on Twitter too. @royaltytoursusa

Furthermore, we can hook up on Facebook and/or Four Square as well.

With all the ways to communicate these days, we should always be in touch.

Remember team work makes the dream work.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Royal month of July in review‏

The month of July was a cool one weather wise here in NYC. With that being said, you won't hear any complaints from me. I spent the majority of my time in the five boroughs. I got to see a number of baseball games in four of them. I also got to see a post game concert, a soccer match in NJ, a baseball game in the City of Brotherly Love & most importantly I got to meet & greet some special people, new & old along the way.

Here's a recap of the highlights:
 
It all started at Yankee Stadium on the first of the month. The Yankees wound up ‎ losing to the Rays, 2-1 that night. Hiroki Kuroda pitched  eight great innings but he was the tough luck loser. After a rain out in Brooklyn the next night followed by a night off, I went to Citi Field for ten straight days starting on the Fourth of July as the Mets opened a ten game home stand against the Rangers, Braves & Marlins. The Mets wound up winning eight of those games to finish strong at the All-Star break. 

It should noted that on Saturday, July 5th I got to see ballpark chaser Paul Nieuwland who came down from Toronto. He was at Citi Field that night. I met for the first time at Wrigley Field the week before.  In fact, I got him a ticket for that game along with ones for Yankee Stadium that Thursday afternoon. Since I was working, I couldn't go. Paul came to visit NYC with his wife who had never been here before along with their son. They joined him for the Yankee game but they decided to pass on the Met game since they don't really like baseball. Paul wasn't really alone since he got to join the King & I up in the Royal Court in section 515. He came prepared with his MLB Pass-Port book which he got stamped. It was nice to talk with him throughout the game. Hopefully our paths will cross again soon.
 
Huey Lewis & the News at Citi Field
Huey Lewis and the News Live
On July 12th after the Mets beat the Marlins, the King & I stayed after the game for the post game concert which was Huey Lewis and the News. They were popular back in the 80's. They played a number of familiar songs that I recognized. They included Heart of Rock N Roll which started  the show & they finished with Workin for a Livin'. In between, they played Heart & Soul, l Want A New Drug, Jacob's Ladder, Back in Time & Power of Love. In addition, they also included a new song that was released in 2012 called While We're Young. All in all,‎ I was glad we stayed. 

Over the All-Star break, I had a few nights off which was followed by baseball in Brooklyn at MCU Park with my pal David Sack that Wednesday night. That Thursday night I went to Staten Island to see the Baby Bombers play at Richmond County Bank Ballpark

On Friday, July 19th, Major League Baseball returned from its break. I went to the Bronx to see the Yankees host the Cincinnati Reds for the three game series. Unfortunately none of the good people I know from Cincinnati were able to make it. The way that weekend turned for the Reds, I'm glad they didn't come. I tried my best to get them a win but my luck ran out. The Yankees swept the series. 

  
View from section 226 at Red Bull Arena
However that Saturday night I went out to Harrison, NJ where I met  my pal David Sack who joined me for a soccer match at Red Bull Arena, home of the Red Bulls of the MLS. They played the San Jose Earthquakes that night. We stopped off at Five Guys for dinner. While we were there, we met up with our buddy Steve Tepperman aka Princeton Steve who was going to the game too. When we got inside, David & I sit at midfield in section 226. At halftime, my friend Blair Long who was there with his Paula got my attention. They were sitting lower down in the section. They had a few empty seats next to them so we were able to join them for the second half. It was Blair's first ever soccer game. He was inspired by the World Cup. 

As for the match we saw, the Red Bulls scored first in the 33rd minute. They continued to control the play but they couldn't‎ score again. In the 85th minute, the Earthquakes got even. After having a few extra minutes of extra time, the game ended in a 1-1 draw. Regardless of the outcome, we all had a nice time & the game lasted only two hours which was nice for a change.

On Monday, July 21st, the Yankees opened a ‎four game series with the Rangers. That night I got a visit from fellow ballpark chaser Roy Spierer who stopped by to say hello before the game started. It was nice to see him again. As for the game that night, the Yankees lost to the Rangers, 4-2. The next night they played a marathon in the Bronx as the Yankees outlasted the Rangers, 2-1 in 14 innings. That game took 4 hours & 51 minutes.
 
Yankees' Grounds Crew attempting to fix the field
Wednesday night luckily they got an official game with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning as the Yankees were up 2-1 at the time. Then the rain came. Somehow the Yankees' grounds crew did an awful job covering the field. The King & I thought they purposely made the field unplayable because they ran out of pitchers from the long game the night before. They rolled the tarp back to left field not once but twice instead of making sure the infield was covered properly. They were ahead so they didn't care. The Rangers should have protested the game but they didn't. After waiting a few hours they called the game & awarded the Yankees the victory. They were supposed to resume at 10:05PM but they just stood around talking for 20 more minutes before they sent everybody home. ‎That Thursday afternoon was the finale of the series but since I was working, I had to miss it.

Friday July 25th after work I returned to the Bronx as the Yankees opened a three game series with the Toronto Blue Jays. When I got up to my seat in section 420B row 7 I was greeted by the Narry family who came to visit from the Bay area. This game was included in a package deal ‎they bought for the weekend because they wanted to see the Hall of Fame Induction ceremony in Cooperstown. As a result, the King & I got to see these special people again. It got too crowded by us when the game started so Tike's wife Dawn & their son Patrick decided to go down to their seats on the 200 level with the rest of their group. Tike stayed with us for 5 innings. It was great to see them all again.
 
Kim Ellis & I in section 420B at Yankee Stadium
Shortly after Tike left us I got a visit from a lady named Kim Ellis who was on a similar tour with a different travel company.  She's a St. Louis Cardinal fan. She used to live in St. Louis but she now lives in Los Angeles. She was going to Fenway Park after Cooperstown. She was in the process of finishing up seeing all the current MLB parks. She said she was going to Baltimore & Miami in August then she would be up to date. I thanked her for coming up‎ to say hello. I wished her well. Hopefully our paths will cross again. 

As for the game we saw, the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 6-4 to extend their winning streak over the Blue Jays to 17 ‎at the new Stadium. 

That Saturday morning I went to Avis to rent a car for the day. I drove back home ‎& I picked up the King. We went to Yankee Stadium together. When I got upstairs I met up with my pal Greg Venuto who drove down from Norwalk, Connecticut for the game. He came with his son, Jason. He was also accompanied by his brother Paul who came up from Sarasota, Florida to visit along with his son, Parker. It was a full family gathering as they brought their father with them.
 
Venuto Family - Jason, Parker, Greg, Paul & their father
As for the game we saw, it didn't turn out to their liking. The Yankees wound up losing to the Blue Jays, 6-4 which ended their home dominance. 

After the game, the King & I went down to Philadelphia to see the Phillies play the Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park that night. We took our pals Frank Anichiarico aka Duck & Rich Wolber aka Staten Island Rich with us. As for the game we saw, it was another marathon. The Diamondbacks beat the Phillies, 7-6 in ten innings. The game took four hours & 20 minutes.

Sunday morning I woke up early so I could return the car I rented to Avis. After that‎, I took public transportation back to Yankee Stadium. I barely got their on time due to a delay on the subway. As for the game we saw, the Blue Jays made it two in a row as they beat the Yankees, 5-4.

Monday night July 28th, the Mets returned home to play the Phillies at Citi Field. That night the Mets won, 7-1. Tuesday night I got to see the Narry family again as they returned to the area. They joined us in the Royal Court in section 515. They told us what a wonderful time they had over the weekend in Cooperstown. We were happy to hear the stories. As for the game we saw that night, the Mets laid an egg as they lost, 6-0.

Wednesday afternoon I arranged to get the Narry family tickets on the field level. Since I was working, I couldn't attend. In my absence, Patrick in particular had a ball. After Ryan Howard had flew out to Juan Lagares ‎in center field to end an inning, Lagares threw the ball into the stands & Patrick caught it. He was so happy. I was thrilled when I heard the news.
 
Patrick Narry
After work that day I wound up going to MCU Park to see the Brooklyn Cyclones play the Auburn Doubledays. Just before the game started, I saw my pal Charlie O'Reilly who was there too. We wound up watching t‎he game together. The Cyclones won, 9-4.

That Thursday night I ended the month of July in Staten Island. After work I took a Ferry ride to Richmond County Bank Ballpark where the Baby Bombers hosted the Lowell Spinners. The Spinners tossed the Yankees a beating by a score of 11-4.

Stay tuned for some special posts that will highlight my adventures in the month of August.

Thank you for reading & following along.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Friday, August 29, 2014

Royalty schedule w/o 9/1

Here's the game plan:

Monday September 1st Cyclones at SI Yanks 7PM

Tuesday September 2nd Red Sox at Yankees 7:05PM

Wednesday September 3rd Red Sox at Yankees 7:05PM

Thursday September 4th Red Sox at Yankees 7:05PM

Friday September 5th Royals at Yankees 7:05PM

Saturday September 6th Royals at Yankees 4:05PM   
                              
Sunday September 7th Raiders at Jets 1PM Opening Day
                                          
Check back to see how it turned out.

Hope all my readers and followers have a great week.

As always, if you need assistance don't hesitate to ask.

Stay tuned as I plan to continue to write about the highlights of my baseball season in July. Please bear with me as I try to find time to catch up. I keep falling further behind. Please be patient. It will be worth the wait.

If you like to tweet you can follow me on Twitter too. @royaltytoursusa

Furthermore, we can hook up on Facebook and/or Four Square as well.

With all the ways to communicate these days, we should always be in touch.

Remember team work makes the dream work.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

2014-2015 AHL Schedule

To all my readers and followers,

The 2014-2015 AHL schedule has been released:

Please see the link below for all the details:

http://theahl.com/2014-15-ahl-schedule-unveiled-p193401

If you need any assistance don't hesitate to ask or consult me that's why this blog is here.

If I can make a difference in your life I will, all I ask for is a fair opportunity to do so.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Monday, August 25, 2014

Royalty schedule w/o 8/25

Here's the game plan:

Tuesday August 26th Braves at Mets 7:10PM

Wednesday August 27th Braves at Mets 7:10PM

Thursday, August 28th Braves at Mets 7:10PM

Friday August 29th Phillies at Mets 7:10PM

Saturday August 30th Phillies at Mets 7:10PM   
                              
Sunday August 31st Phillies at Mets 1:10PM 
                                 SI Yanks at Cyclones 6PM
         
Check back to see how it played out.

Hope all my readers and followers have a great week.

As always, if you need assistance don't hesitate to ask.

Stay tuned as I plan to continue to write about the highlights of my baseball season in July. Please bear with me as I try to find time to catch up. I keep falling further behind. Please be patient. It will be worth the wait.

If you like to tweet you can follow me on Twitter too. @royaltytoursusa

Furthermore, we can hook up on Facebook and/or Four Square as well.

With all the ways to communicate these days, we should always be in touch.

Remember team work makes the dream work.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman
 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Royalty returns to Wrigley Field & Miller Park over last weekend of June!‏

On Saturday June 28th, after we saw Gio Gonzalez dominate the Cubs in game one of the day/night doubleheader, the King & I went to a place called Deuces & the Diamond Club in Wrigleyville with Tike & Dawn Narry. Tike went there the day before & he said they had great food. Once I heard that, I didn't question the choice. We weren't disappointed either. The King & I had burgers which were excellent. They came with sea salt fries too. We also enjoyed a few beers before headed back to Wrigley Field for game two of the doubleheader.

Tike arranged to get us a block of tickets together in aisle 524 which was just to the right of the press box. We had a nice view of the action despite a slight distraction from a pole that was blocking part of the view. That's the beauty of the old time ballparks from back in the day. We looked around the pole & we saw the game just fine.   

View from Aisle 524
As for the game we saw, the Nationals went on to beat the Cubs, 7-2. With the victory, Blake Treinen got his first major league win. In addition, we did get a visit from a fellow ballpark chaser who came to the game with some friends of his who drove from Toronto. I'm referring to Paul Nieuwland who I arranged to get Yankee & Met tickets for in NYC during the first week of July. It worked out well when he told me he was going to be at that game. As a result, we were able to make the exchange there. Shortly after he left us, the sky opened up & we had a 55 minute rain delay. Even though, we were undercover, we were forced to walk down to the walkway between the seats in the upper level since the rain was blowing so hard thanks to the gutsy winds. Luckily we were able to stay relatively dry. Once the rain cleared out, the game resumed. 
Tarp on the field during rain delay
After the game, we went back to the Flat in Wrigleyville where we spent the night. 

Sunday morning we got up, packed our bags & we all headed to Milwaukee‎ where we went to see the Brewers play the Rockies at Miller Park that afternoon. It should be noted that game was a personal milestone  for Tike. It was his 1,000th live baseball game. I'm glad that we were able to take part in his special occasion.

On the way there, we stopped off at The Point Pancake House for a royal breakfast. Tike & Dawn Narry drove their friends Josh & Stephanie Thurman along with  their son Brendan in a SUV that Tike rented for the day. They followed the King & I there. Scott Bultman who also stayed with us left earlier that morning. He went on his own to Milwaukee because he went to visit his family there before he went to the game. 

As for the breakfast we had, I got a skirt steak skillet which was delicious. It came with scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon & cheese all mixed together along with a few pancakes. Speaking of pancakes, Dawn ordered them. She was raving how good they were. I was so happy to hear that. Everybody else was satisfied with their generous portions of food as well. Like Tike, I aim to please. 
Skirt Steak Skillet
After we finished eating, we got back into our cars ‎& we drove to Milwaukee. We wound up meeting them at the ballpark because Tike wanted to stop at the airport to see if he could check in their bags first. 

When we got to Miller Park, the lines to go in were out of control. It was Scooter Gennett Bobblehead day for all fans. With that being said, they had a sell out crowd. What a nightmare it was to get inside. Finally after waiting a little bit, we got in.

Tike ‎& Dawn & their friends had seats downstairs while Scott, the King & I decided to sit in the upper level. During the game, Tike came up to visit us. 
View from section 422
As for the game we saw, the Rockies built an early 5-0 lead as they cruised to a 10-4 win over the Brew Crew.

After the game, we were hoping to meet up with Tike again for dinner but we couldn't figure out exactly where the restaurant they were going for dinner was. We wound up near the airport so the King & I decided to eat near there. We saw a place called Beer Belly so we went there instead. It worked out well as I got a pound of crab legs for dinner. The King had a prime rib. After we finished eating, I returned the Chevy Spark I rented for the weekend to Alamo. I only drove 186 miles but it served its purpose as it got us where we wanted to go.

We then headed to the terminal to catch our flight home on Southwest Airlines. Since our flight was leaving around the same time as Tike & Dawn's, we did see them ‎& we said our goodbyes.

Stay tuned as I plan to do a special post that will highlight our adventures in July.

‎Thank you for reading & following along.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Royalty goes to Harry Caray's Restaurant in Chicago!‏

After the King & I went to the Cub game on June 27th at Wrigley Field, we went back to the Flat where we stayed in Wrigleyville. We met up with Scott Bultman as well as Tike & Dawn Narry there. We got refreshed then we all walked over to the subway & we took the train to the loop which is considered downtown if you will in Chicago. We got off ‎& we walked a few blocks to Harry Caray's Restaurant to have dinner. Tike had made a reservation for us. We wound up meeting his friends Josh ‎& Stephanie Thurman along with their son, Brendan who joined us after they spent the day sightseeing. When we walked in, we had a drink by the bar. While doing so, Tike came across a guy he met last year when he was in Chicago. This guy he initially met on Twitter. His name is Joe McCune. He happens to be a San Francisco Giant fan who lives in Chicago. Tike asked the people there if we could have a table for nine instead of eight. That way he could join us for dinner. After a short wait, they were able to accommodate all nine of us. 

As for dinner, we ordered our food which included some different appetizers that consisted of toasted ravioli, calamari & antipasto. As for the main course, I had a chicken parmigiana which came with spaghetti. ‎The King had a ribeye steak on the bone. Tike & Dawn had been there last year too so they knew the food was excellent. Joe is a lawyer he said. He's been there many times. He told us the food choices were outrageous. Whatever you ordered, you couldn't go wrong. When the food arrived, we found that out. It was really a tremendous meal that we had.

In addition, we had some great conversations around the table. We estimated that between all of us that we have seen over 14,000 live sporting events. 

The King & I with a caricature of Harry Caray
After enjoying the food ‎& the company there, we weren't done for the night. After we left the restaurant, Joe who lives in one of the Marina City buildings a few blocks away, took us up to the 60th floor so we could get an aerial view of the City of Chicago. What an unexpected surprise that was. He was more than happy to show us the view. We got to see the Sears Tower, the new Trump Tower as well as an amazing panoramic view of the surrounding areas. We had a beautiful breeze blowing which added to this breath taking experience. If Tike never found this gentleman on Twitter, none of this would have happened. It just proves that if you make an effort to do something in life you never know what can come of it. In this case, a common interest in the Giants lead to guided tour for all of us. I want to personally thank Tike & Joe for making this happen. 

Aerial View of Sears Tower from Marina City in Chicago
After we got back downstairs we said good bye to Joe & the Thurman family for the night. The rest of us walked back to the subway & we took the train back to the Flat to go to sleep.

Stay tuned for a special post that will recap the rest of that memorable weekend in the Midwest.

Thank you for reading & following along.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

Monday, August 18, 2014

Royalty schedule w/o 8/18

Here's the game plan:

Tuesday August 19th Astros at Yankees 7:05PM

Wednesday August 20th Astros at Yankees 7:05PM

Friday August 22nd White Sox at Yankees 7:05PM

Saturday August 23rd White Sox at Yankees 1:05PM

                                       Cardinals at Phillies 7:05PM

Sunday August 24th White Sox at Yankees 1:05PM 
         
Check back to see how it turned out.

Hope all my readers and followers have a great week.

As always, if you need assistance don't hesitate to ask.

Stay tuned as I plan to continue to write about the highlights of my baseball season in July. Please bear with me as I try to find time to catch up. I keep falling further behind. Please be patient. It will be worth the wait.

If you like to tweet you can follow me on Twitter too. @royaltytoursusa

Furthermore, we can hook up on Facebook and/or Four Square as well.

With all the ways to communicate these days, we should always be in touch.

Remember team work makes the dream work.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman