— Days Without Shea —

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.
 

See ya soon, Dan.



[August 21, 2008 10:59 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Ilan B said

Kingman,
You see that guy in the GO BIG PELF t-shirt i your section last night? :)

[August 21, 2008 11:59 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Kingman said

That was you? And was that a "Go Big Pelf" chant I heard?

[August 21, 2008 2:28 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Ron Hunt said

Sorry I missed you Ross, since I remember the goofy high school kid days. Hopefully I'll see you in the new park, with Kingman, the Bayside Boys and I sitting together with our partial plans.

[August 21, 2008 8:57 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Ross Jones said

It was great to be back last night. I will miss Shea. Kingman was a very gracious host. I hope to lift a glass with Ron Hunt at the new Casey's 37 in '09.


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