The end of the line greeted me Friday morning as I planned my strategy for the that night’s game for my New York Mets. The Subway Series, the New York Yankees, the Four Train from CitiField in Flushing to the Bronx with a team-tying-record 11-game winning streak lied ahead with great promise. On my wide screen for my dear wife Karen and I in the living room of our Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood, of course.
And yet there was one lonely bottle of Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon in my stash.
Case solved. Literally. After my trip to Syracuse’s mega shopping, dining and entertaining complex Destiny USA to see “The Age of Adaline” for Monday’s Syracuse New Times Film Review blog, I turned my Chevy Cruz into the parking lot of Harbor View Liquors to restock, replenish, resolve the issue, if you will.
If you buy a box, these folks take 20 percent off the price of a bottle. My current favorite, Dark Horse, gets whittled to $6.30 each in its carton of a dozen.
And they tell me a glass of red wine is good for my health, too. Thank you, they.
Now the result of that baseball game, not so much. The Yankees jumped all over pitcher Jacob DeGrom, last year’s rookie-of-the-year, and easily took a 6-1 decision in their home park. The hearty cheers of “Let’s Go Mets” were quieted quickly. When I heard the stadium sounding surprisingly Mets-friendly, I told my wife that the Big Apple was always ready to love my Mets, waiting for them to be good again. Soon enough, though, Karen and I agreed that the Mets looked quite flat. The stupendous streak is over.
I had my little whine. We have our big stock of wine. Life went on and so did the Mets, to beat the Yankees 8-2 Saturday as the Dark Knight, franchise pitcher Matt Harvey, continued his comeback from Tommy John surgery with a dominating effort that fell one out short of a complete game, and Lucas Duda started a three-homer barrage against CC Sabathia. The Mets fans sounded loud in the Yankees’ house again, too, and I even spotted some Bronx Bombers’ fans cheering Harvey when he left the game in the bottom of the ninth.
Do you buy beverages by the bulk to save money, and if so, what’s your best deal ever? What’s your go-to baseball game beverage? What’s your favorite baseball series to watch, and which team do you root for and how did that get started?