It was blogger night at Citi Field and I was fortunate enough to represent realdirtymets.com at the event. Working in the media is much different than being a fan.I knew my day would be a lot different when I parked my car in the media lot instead of the regular parking area.
We started the day with Terry Collin's press conference at 4:00 and I was fortunate enough to ask him a question about Jon Rauch and if can he use Rauch on a daily basis. Terry, the nice guy he is, gave me a detailed answer about the positives in Rauch and why he still has to monitor him.After Terry's press conference we then made our way onto the field for batting practice. I felt over whelmed being on the field with all these players. I got a nice greeting from David Wright and a head nod from Ike Davis. I introduced myself to Sandy Alderson and he was as nice as can be. I asked him about Matt Den Deker, the prospect outfielder, and when he may be up in the big leagues, but didn't really give a definitive answer.We than were moved outside the stadium to the harvest drive where Jerry Koosman, Edgardo Alfonzo and Cleon Jones were helping out with the drive. I had to ask Alfonzo about the disappointing 2002 season since everyone asked him about all the good seasons and he agreed that 2002 was, so bad and the team "just wouldn't mesh."
It was now time to meet the rookies Gavin Cecchini and Kevin Plawecki and I asked them a few questions such as what David Wright said to them and if Kevin is ahead in the game. Both Gavin and Kevin answered with saying how Wright told them to keep working at the game and eventually will be up sooner and later. Kevin answered his question by saying that he "has much to learn and doesn't have everything down pact."
In one of the most surreal moments I witnessed we got to take photos with RA Dickey talking to Jerry Koosman and I overheard them talking about the successful season that Dickey is having.
Back outside we went and it was time to meet Cleon Jones and everyone was asking him questions about the 1969 team and we got to have free pizza with Cleon since they renamed the Cleopatra pizza after him for the day.
The game was about to begin and we were moved to the Media press box. The setting is very quiet, lots of computers and obviously no cheering or booing just people doing there stories as I was also writing stuff up for my story. Although the game didn't go well for the Mets it was a great day and the night wasn't done.
I just made it to Terry's post game and it was a very fast one as you can imagine how upset he was with losing Bay and the team laying an egg.Time for REO Speedwagon to go on and I have seen them twice already since they are a favorite of mine. I got front row right behind the Met dugout and saw a great show as many people stayed to watch that night.
It was a great way to cap off an exciting day and night of something I hope to experience more of someday as a professional. I just want to thank rustyjr (Ed) for giving me this great opportunity as well as everyone from the New York Mets to make it possible for me to be there that night.