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Enjoying thrill of Stadium -- again

Two fans attempt to stay dry at Yankee

Two fans attempt to stay dry at Yankee Stadium during a rain delay of Game 1 of the ALDS between the Yankees and Tigers. (Sept. 30, 2011) Photo Credit: Newsday/Mario Gonzalez

Long Islanders who attended the continuation of the Yankees' ALDS opener Saturday night were generally in good spirits about the drama caused by the rain.

Friday night marked the first time Daphine Moerler, 54, of Island Park, set foot inside the new Yankee Stadium, and she said the experience of coming back to the Bronx Saturday for a second consecutive evening made it feel as if she were "seeing two games in one."

Her husband, Bill, 55, who said he works in the technological sales industry, scored the four ALDS opener tickets from a friend at work. They invited his cousin, Bobby Raimo, and Bobby's wife, Ellen, because they hadn't seen them in nearly two years.

"And now we're seeing them two nights in a row," Daphine said.

Their seats were eight rows behind the rightfield wall, just under the overhang. They reported that they stayed dry -- and also had a great view of Delmon Young's first-inning homer Friday night.

"The only drawback," she said, was paying $45 for parking two nights in a row.

The Moerlers were fortunate enough to not have anything planned Saturday, making the schedule change easy to deal with. But not everyone was so lucky.

Steve Smith, 21, of Massapequa, said he cut short his eight-hour work shift at the Lake Success Golf Club pro shop by three hours so he could head back to the Bronx.

He's a Mets fan. But last week, he agreed to bring his friend, Nicole Brandt, 19, of Seaford, to her first Yankees game, and the suspension didn't keep him from coming back.

On their way out of the Stadium on Friday night, they learned that they needed to use the same tickets to re-enter Saturday night. "But the problem was that I didn't have mine anymore," Brandt said.

Fortunately, Smith was able to print tickets from his computer.

"It worked out," he said.

Returning for the remainder of the game also gave fans a chance at a do-over. One night after getting wet in the unexpected downpour, Brad Lindell, 52, of Plainview, said he came to the Stadium Saturday night prepared with ponchos.

"It's a take-two for us," said Lindell, accompanied by his son Jesse, 11. "We're a little more cautious."

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