First off I would like to congratulate the Texas Rangers on their first ever post season series win, and I hope against hope that there will be a Texas / San Francisco World Series ( I don’t know maybe we can call it the Hawks vs Doves World Series).
It is funny, this past season I attended my fewest amount of Mets games (6) since 2006 (3). It wasn’t due to my lack of interest in the team, with the state of the economy the last couple of years I couldn’t justify shelling out $1,200 bucks for a partial plan- especially when food has to be put on the table and bills need to be paid.
Last year I attended around 10 games at Inaugural season at Citi Field. I loved the throwback architecture even though it relied heavily upon a ballpark from a team that has long since abandoned this city, as well as most of it’s amenities. But as I noted during the 2009 season, Citi with all of its grandeur did not feel like the home of the Mets. Honestly unless you counted the team stores that dotted every level and the intertwined N.Y. logo on the garbage cans you relly wouldn’t have known that you were in the new home of the Mets. And us fans let ownership know how we felt about this great injustice, whether it was about the Lack of metscentric pictures and flair to the obstructed views from our seats ,over priced tickets, hell even not being allowed access to any of the clubs ( especially when you had a partial plan holder) there was a lot to be unhappy with.
But ownership did hear our cries of anger about Citi Field being a sterile ballpark that celebrated corporate excess ( a wine bar in a base ball stadium ? COME ON !!)and started injecting more Mets related articles in its place. For example renaming all the V.I.P gates after Seaver, Hodges and Stengel was a good start, as was having the days line up reproduced in baseball cards when you walked through the Jackie Robinson Rotunda. But the coup de grace was the new Mets Museum . When I walked through its hallowed halls on opening day I said to both our very own Ceetar ( congrats on the wedding) and Shannon Shark from www.MetsPolice.com ” Hell they finally did something right!!”
I also was impressed with the way that the Mets media relations division reached out to the Mets blogger community with a few bloggerpolooza games, where we got to rub elbows with our fellow blogger brethren and make in roads with the Mets media staff ( Thanks Danielle, Ethan & Shannon).
But all in all I had seen it all this past season at the Citi . Everything from my first ever Opening Day – a win thanks to the dominant performance of Johan Santana, to the Jon Neise one hitter, to the Mets Hall Of Fame ceremony that honored Doc, Straw, Davey, The Bow-tie and the late Bob Mandt. Unfortunately the Mets would lose to the Diamondbacks that day in a route but when you think of it didn’t the majority of the Mets season feel that way whether they lost by the score of 1-0 or 15-2 ?
Either way at least the City is starting to feel like a real piece of the City.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Happy Birthday wishes goes out to Eddie Yost, the longest tenured Mets third-base coach from ’68-’75. He is 84 today.(1926)
Middle reliever from the ’73-’74 teams,John Strohmayer is 64 (1946) .
Spot starter/ reliever from ’90-’91, Julio Valera is 42 (1968) .
New York Mets traded pitchers Ray Sadecki and Tommy Moore to the St. Louis Cardinals for Joe Torre on October 13, 1974. And yes we all know how Joe Torre’s career turned out.
Mo Vaughn is wondering when he will be inducted into the Mets Hall Of Fame.