By Josh Williams
LOWER MANHATTAN — Downtown Yankees fans traded the 4 train for a party boat Tuesday to get to Yankee Stadium for the home opener to see the Bronx Bombers get their World Series rings.
The Yogi Berra is one of the NY Waterways' boats that operates out of Pier 11 on Wall Street that takes fans to the South Bronx on a route called the Yankee Clipper.
"I've taken the water taxi about 10 times," said fan Brian Dodd. "Usually there's beer, and it’s a nicer day, but this beats sitting on the 4 train next to a bunch of smelly drunk people."
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other city officials also took the boat up to the game. As the Yogi Berra passed under the city's iconic bridges, he read the New York Times, chatted with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and mingled with roughly 20 Pinstripe faithful.
"It's a pretty cool way to get to a game," said passenger Heather Loyer who was wearing an A-Rod jersey and had her picture taken with the mayor. "I love everything about the city."
In April, NY Waterways is offering $5 off the regular $22 round trip ticket to ticket holders.
"We had a wonderful ride up here on the ferry," Bloomberg said. "I'm looking forward to the Yankees getting their rings."