The latest Yankees road trip stretches a bit farther than usual. The team has landed in London ahead of its two-game series against the Boston Red Sox -- the first MLB games to played in Europe.
Here's everything you need to know ahead of the series.
London Stadium, which hosts the soccer team West Ham United F.C., makes for a unique venue to host a baseball series. The field features a turf playing surface and has hitter-friendly dimensions -- it's 330 feet down the line, but only a shallow 385 feet to center field, which is shorter than any big-league ballpark.
The park also features a control device -- it has more square feet of foul territory than any other MLB stadium. While the foul pop-ups will steal pitchers some outs, some otherwise ordinary fly balls will also find their way into the stands.
While the playing field may be small, the expected attendance will be large -- London Stadium can house up to 60,000 fans for the event.
141,900 square feet of artificial turf imported from France, 345 tonnes of dirt for the infield diamond was shipped from the USA, A series of 18m-tall foul poles and over 400 metres of fencing including fence padding shipped from Montreal, Canada. Only at the @LondonStadium ;-) pic.twitter.com/B1bQ1EV8tq- West Ham Football (@westhamfootball) June 19, 2019
What can we expect in the games?
These games are a showcase for what baseball means in America, so naturally MLB is bringing some of the game's most historic aspects to London to try and garner the same appeal.
Obviously, both the United States and English national anthems will be played before the games, and with Prince Harry reportedly attending, maybe he will try his luck at throwing a ceremonial first pitch again. The seventh inning stretch will also feature the playing of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" - basically, MLB is trying to make this as close to the traditional American game as possible.
That doesn't mean there won't be some fun. There will be a mascots race (like the Presidents' race in Washington or the Sausage race in Milwaukee) featuring exaggerated versions of English icons Winston Churchill, King Henry VIII, Freddie Mercury and the Loch Ness Monster running around the field.
Atlanta sensation "The Freeze" is also going abroad to race fans, and team traditions like the Yankees' grounds crew workers dancing to the YMCA and the Red Sox fans singing along to "Sweet Caroline" will also be there for London fans to enjoy.
And while the Red Sox are technically the "home team," both teams will wear their iconic home threads -- that means the Yankees will be donning the pinstripes this weekend.
What are the Yankees up to in London?
The Yankees arrived in London late on Wednesday, and have made the most of their time off before the weekend's showdown...
The Yankees boarded their plane in custom jumpsuits:
The International Tour is on ✈🇬 pic.twitter.com/IBzZHoxwnW- New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 26, 2019
Yankees alumni Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Alex Rodriguez, Reggie Jackson, Carlos Beltran and Nick Swisher put on a clinic with current Yankees to teach London kids about how to play the game:
Some of the greatest hitters to ever play the game worked with the youngsters on grip & timing and shared stories on their crazy baseball experiences. pic.twitter.com/rH2xlQXl8v- New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 27, 2019