How's this for a workday commute? The Yankees and Mets played their unique doubleheader today — one game at Yankee Stadium, one at Shea to make up for a rainout earlier this season — and Journal News sports columnist Sam Borden was planning to walk the 10 miles between the two stadiums.
(Though presumably not along the highway-inclusive route that Yahoo! Maps highlighted above.)
Borden's purpose was twofold:
1) He planned to write a column about the route, which the two teams and every other media member are taking by bus with a full police escort.
2) He wanted to elicit pledges to raise money for cancer research, already pulling down $8,600, as of 5:30 p.m. EDT.
Said Borden on his American Cancer Society fundraising page (Click here to donate):
It's about 10 miles between Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium, and I'm planning to walk them all on Friday, June 27 ... in between covering a Yankees-Mets doubleheader.
Please help me make a difference by clicking the button and making a donation.
If you're interested in joining me on the walk — even just for part of it — e-mail me at email@example.com, and I'll let you know my route (once I figure it out). I'm planning to leave from the Big Bat at Yankee Stadium about 20 minutes after the first game ends.
See you there?
In all seriousness, Borden's trip sounds like a blast and one I would have definitely joined if I lived in New York. So long as he brought a lot of water, his quick wits and a biohazard swimsuit to take a shortcut across the East River, I'm sure everything turned out fine.
To view periodical updates on Sam Borden's progress, visit his newspaper's Faceoff blog.