I was in Loge13 Wednesday night when the Mets beat the Braves 6-3. Pelfrey was fantastic in his first career complete game.
But it was a bittersweet night as Loge13 original Dan (a.k.a. Ross Jones) flew in from Chicago to catch his last Shea Stadium game. Dan and I started going to games together in 1984, sitting in the upper deck watching the lovable losers of our childhood morph into a championship club. I believe it was Dan's idea to try and buy a partial season plan, since we were confident the Mets would be a perennial post-season fixture and the plan would guarantee tickets.
We've gone from high school goof balls to grown-up goof balls teetering on middle age but one of the constants in our life has been Shea Stadium and Loge13. It was fun to spend one last night talking baseball in the old seats one more time.
It helped to see a Met victory, cemented with a five run first inning. The Mets batted around and Daniel Murphy continued building his folk hero credentials with a two-out two-run single. Wright crushed a solo home run later in the game. Good to see the Met crowd give a standing ovation to Pelfrey when he came out for the ninth.
In honor of Dan's last game, I filmed the 7th inning stretch from Loge13. Ya know, it always sounds good from the seats but after watching this clip, it's clear we Met fans can't sing very well:
And here is the last out at Dan's last game at Shea Stadium.