So I am walking up to Shea Stadium’s Gate A when I see the SNY crew set up outside for their pre-game show. Suddenly the crowd starts cheering as Darryl Strawberry arrives on the set. Straw walks up to Mazzili and hugs him:
The crowd went wild for Strawberry, even as he gave an interview:
Afterwards, Darryl stuck around and signed autographs.
I didn’t get his autograph, opting instead for photos. For a minute it felt like my high school days, when my friend Dan and I waited outside after games to meet the ballplayers. We got a few autographs (Ray Knight, Keith Hernandez, Bob Murphy) and got to watch a drunk Dick Tidrow try and get in a taxi. And I did try to once steal Herm Winningham’s jersey, just because it was there. But that’s another story. Anyway, it was good to see Strawberry looking healthy and still enjoying his star status. Didn’t he once call Shea “Dred Scott Stadium” in his autobiography?
LOGE 13 AT SHEA STADIUM OPENING DAY 2008
Last Opening Day At Shea Stadium
Citi Field Update, Subway Side, April 8, 2008
Citi Field Update: New Subway Ramp
Shea Stadium: Opening Day Ceremonies 2008
Strawberry: Shea Stadium Opening Day 2008