— Days Without Shea —

The answers you have all been waiting for:

First hit ever at Citi Field - Jody Gerut
First home run ever at Citi Field - same guy

First Met hit ever in Citi Field - David Wright
First
Met home run ever in Citi Field - same guy

Mets home opening day record: 29 and 19 (0-1 at Citi Field)  after a 6-5 loss to the Padres.

And so Citi Field opened its doors officially April 13, 2009 and began writing its history. Loge13 was there, in Promenade 427 to witness history with the same familiar faces from Shea - Kingman Sr, Ron Hunt and daughter (flying in from college for the pageantry), the Bayside contingent - all together in this strange new world of Citi.

I arrived early, on the 4:43 LIRR out of Penn. I wondered how the fan experience might be different in the new ballpark and got some early answers on the train. These three buffoons standing with me were bankers, attending the game through the generosity of one of the dudes, who had bought season tickets with a "consortium" and was selling off much of his inventory through secondary markets (sounded both sinister and smug the way he spun it).

As our train slowed into the Shea Stadium stop, my travel companions all rushed to the eastern windows of the train to get a glimpse of the new stadium, punching each other with glee as they oogled the arena arising before them. Sadly though, Citi Field was on the WEST side of the train, conveniently marked "Citi Field" to avoid any confusion with the two tennis stadiums that only knuckleheads or bankers might confuse with the Mets new home. Fantastic.

Citi Field - Opening Day 2009
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Shea Stadium - Opening Day 2009
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Once inside, I had plenty of time to walk around the new ballpark and try to get and know it a little better. In some ways, meeting Citi Field is like meeting your in-laws the first few times. The in-laws come along with someone you love so you look for common ground and interests to build the relationship on. One key difference:  at least with my in-laws, they didn't first reduce to rubble my previous girlfriends.

Our seats in Prom 427 are interesting. As previously mentioned, we are in the last row of our box. Unlike the other rows, our seats are on the same level as the concourse. Behind us, there is no wall, just the concourse. That was bad at moments, when suddenly folks were standing behind us talking loud and drunkenly about the game or anything else but the game.

On the other hand, we often found ourselves standing back there too, as if it was our own private patio. We may smuggle in an inflatable pool and hibatchi at some point to really achieve that cozy atmosphere the Wilpons are aiming for in Shea field.

But the standoffish locale of the seats seems appropriate for the new Loge13. This oddly placed row feels noncommital; we're kind of in the stadium, but detached from any formal section. It lacks the permanance of Loge13 but Prom 427 has its charms. And we have a good view to see the game.

Oh yeah the game. The Mets looked terrible. Really terrible. Pelfrey was largely ineffective. Hitters seemed to be tense at the plate. Wright's'three-run homer to tie it in the 5th was the highlight of the night, next to the cat that briefly scrambled onto the field in the 3rd during Daniel Murphy's'at-bat.

The Mets went down quietly in their home opener. It's not the end of the world. Losing 4 of the last 5 is more of an issue.  The 4 through 8 hitters in tonight's lineup went a combined 2 - 17. This offense is in mid-September form already.

More pics and video to come later...




[April 14, 2009 7:55 PM]  |  link  |  reply
ItsStillSheaToMe said

Sounds like you didn't experience some of the low points I heard people complaining about today. Bad sight-lines being most notable. Along with the cattle-herding exit scenario they've got going from the upper sections in left field.

For me the highlight was Tom Seaver throwing a strike to Mike Piazza with the ceremonial first pitch. Great picture of that in Newsday today.

My own first visit to the new Shea Stadium - I refuse to go along with the corporate welfare king known as Citibank's desired nomenclature - will be later this summer.

It remains to be seen how much of an ambiance the place develops. Still, it would have been nice to say, "I was there."

[April 14, 2009 7:55 PM]  |  link  |  reply
ItsStillSheaToMe said

Sounds like you didn't experience some of the low points I heard people complaining about today. Bad sight-lines being most notable. Along with the cattle-herding exit scenario they've got going from the upper sections in left field.

For me the highlight was Tom Seaver throwing a strike to Mike Piazza with the ceremonial first pitch. Great picture of that in Newsday today.

My own first visit to the new Shea Stadium - I refuse to go along with the corporate welfare king known as Citibank's desired nomenclature - will be later this summer.

It remains to be seen how much of an ambiance the place develops. Still, it would have been nice to say, "I was there."

[April 15, 2009 2:03 AM]  |  link  |  reply
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For me the highlight was Tom Seaver throwing a strike to Mike Piazza with the ceremonial first pitch. Great picture of that in Newsday today.

Tacho Universal 2008


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