April 2009

Pics from Matty’s Metsblog Opening day party

Picture 871mb.jpgDespite weather woes in Cincinnati and a whole morning spent thinking opening day wouldn’t happen, it’s official. We have baseball, people! And we had revelry as well. Matty’s opening day party at Public House was a blast. We cheered on Johan and D-Murph (how ’bout that bat, eh?). And then–oh man! We collectively held our breaths when Santana was pulled after 5 and 2/3 innings…and then we watched something extraordinary happen. The bullpen…our bullpen!….actually held a one-run lead for over 3 innings, giving Johan the win. Remember that word, Johan? Win!

Instead of counting how many men we left on base throughout, I will share with you some pics of our bloggerati gang. You’ll see Metsie, Coop of My Summer Family, Will of Smear the Q.u.e.e.r (ugh, obscenity filter, really?), Dykstraw of our Divas and Dykstraw, and of course “TV’s Matt Cerrone” as we affectionately call him–and a guest appearance by SNY.tv’s own Ted Berg. Make sure to check out their links on the right sidebar!

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Have you noticed my new Mets dress? It was made just for me by Kate Goldwater at AuH2O Designs. I first saw her work when she was profiled on Mets Weekly last year. Then, when I got the huge “Shea 08″ giveaway tee last year, I thought–ooh, dress! Kate makes tops and dresses from existing t-shirts and jerseys too! So if you have old Mets tees or items that you no longer wear or don’t fit, or whatever, Kate can make them into awesome women’s clothing. If you’re a dude, this would make a great gift for your Mets loving girlfriends, wives and sisters–or for a girlfriend-type whom perhaps you’re trying to get more into baseball. Kate’s prices are entirely reasonable. She works for $25 per hour, and a typical dress takes an hour to an hour and a half, tops take about an hour. If you like the neckline of my dress below, ask for the “Zoë!”

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Here’s Kate’s YouTube Channel, including her spot on Mets Weekly! For further information, contact Kate at kate@auh2odesigns.com.

Friday April 3, the Mets’ first game at Citi (including video!)

Picture 005ms.jpgFrustrating computer problems–an almost crash!–delayed my report, and alas now I’m exhausted from a busy weekend! But I will do my best to jot down some thoughts from Friday night’s exhibition opener against the Red Sox. Seeing our boys at Citi for the first time was a huge treat, even with the rain that poured down and caused about an hour and a half delay. The full album can be found here!

Some brief thoughts:

1) Hmmm, the sound system. I’m not sure what the sound is like all over the ballpark, but Rob and I had trouble hearing the announcer–and even at times the music–in the upper promenade. There’s a reverb, too, that I’m not especially fond of.

Picture 016ms.jpg2) Tacos! Yum, I tried the triple taco option and was not disappointed (though make sure you get lots of napkins!). The salsas are an extra flavorful addition, but still, I must say I prefer the Shackburger overall. Unfortunately the corn on the cob wasn’t yet available; I’m dying for it! Also the publicized “Bayside fries” were not yet on the menu at the “Catch of the Day,” despite some media coverage featuring them as possibly the best fries at Citi.

3) On the SNY broadcast during the rain delay (yes I DVR when I’m at the game!), Gary Cohen mentioned Citi’s “state of the art drainage system.” I’m guessing that’s just on the field itself. Because the rest of the ballpark collects some monster puddles. Lakes, really. There was one by our seats, and a giant one on the walkway toward the Pepsi Porch. I wonder if they’ll do any tinkering with the drains after that game-time downpour.

4) Ok, let’s not get our boys hurt. No, really, let’s keep ‘em safe. It seems that the outfield walls have a lot less padding than the ones at Shea did. And during the very first inning, Castillo did a nose dive over a concrete wall in right foul territory. I predict there will soon be more padding at Citi. I certainly hope there will be.

5) At least in the upper promenade, where my seats will be for most games, there’s not all that much extra leg room. But the seats are comfy, and the cup holders are welcome.

6) No “Sweet Caroline!” Yay!! There wasn’t any sing-along at all, in fact, which I find perfectly fine. One musical new addition seems to be “We Built this City,” to which I happily sang along even without the words on the jumbotron. But come on, how completely funny is it that they’re playing a song that derides “Corporation names” at Citi Field…

7) The 2nd inning had some awesome highlights–first Livan Hernandez retired the Sox with about 7 pitches (any successful starting pitching has been a welcome sight lately!). Then Fernando Tatis took the gold ring as the first Met to get a hit at Citi–a double, no less.

Picture 027ms.jpg8) Ran into the delightful Mets Weekly boys, Max and Darin ’round the food courty area. They were as pleased with the grub as I’ve been, it seemed! I’m guessing I’ll gain 5 lbs at Citi this season. You wanna take the over on that or the under? ;-) 

Enjoy this video of our first win at Citi Field. Even if it doesn’t exactly “count,” I think you can hear (oyyyyy my voice) that I was very excited that we won our very first game there–and with our new Frankie Rodriguez on the mound no less!

http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/x8vkt6_the-moment-of-our-first-win-at-citi_sport&related=1

Again, for more pics of Citi and–finally!–lots of pics of our boys on the field, check out the full album.

Now let’s just get the weather to cooperate and have an awesome season opener!

Getting ready for Friday!

This Friday will be the Mets’ first game at Citi Field, and even if it doesn’t count for the regular season, I’m still psyched as heck. I plan to get there early enough for BP, to take a picture with the Old Apple, and to get a few more things done that I didn’t get to do last Sunday at Citi Field (tacos, anyone?)

What’s that you say? Last Sunday at Citi FIeld? Why yes, hadn’t you heard? There was this college ball game there, and some folks got to roam the stadium for the first time. But I’m sure this is the first you’re reading of it. So enjoy my photo album, 193 pics worth, over at facebook. Or just wait ’til the end of the post for some highlights. In my album, you’ll see fellow bloggers Jason from Faith and Fear, Corey from Metsie, Coop from My Summer Family, SNK from You Can’t Script Baseball, and Tracy from CrazyMetGirl. Check out their links over at the right there!

Here are some initial somewhat ineloquent thoughts about Citi Field, in no particular order:

  • I got to hang at the Caesars Club, on the Excelsior level, and I was a little underwhelmed–it Picture 002cf.jpgwas crowded and noisy, there were lines for food (which I didn’t try), and why are the sofas in such a random area? Plus, there’s no window looking out onto the field. I enjoyed hanging at the bar with Coop, and I think the bar would be a good place to wait out a rain delay, but the place just didn’t scream luxury to me. That said, Caesars Club seats are really good–about the same as loge was at Shea, but somehow better. And I do still wonder, even though I wasn’t blown away, will I feel all left out in my seats in upper promenade with no club at all?

  • I very much like that field level isn’t all guarded and “you’re not welcome here” now. I can see myself Picture 159.jpgstrolling around–from the rotunda, into the main store (why don’t they have mirrors in the main team store!? I tried on a sweatshirt, but there was no place to look at it. I hope that was just a not-yet-ready detail that will change), and all around the length of the field to look at the different angles of play. If the bridge to the food court area weren’t so very crowded, it would be a fun place to stop, hang over the railing, and watch some ball from the outfield. If you can snag a spot hanging over the bridge, that’d be a cool place to chomp your Shackburger.
  • The security staff are in burgundy. Ew. Reminds me of either Phillies or Harvard.
  • Um, here’s how far my new camera zooms in from Rob’s (meaning my usual) seats in upper promenade, the highest deck. Pictured: the pitcher’s mound, and where home plate would be (it hadn’t yet been situated). Sick, no?
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    • Picture 025.jpgYou may be kicking yourself if you didn’t get a brick outside the rotunda. I’m kicking myself that I didn’t get a brick outside the rotunda. The Wilpons have a couple–here’s a shot of the one honoring Fred and his wife’s parents.
    • In terms of the crowds, even though it was a sell-out game, I hear the weather kept many away. Estimates put Sunday’s attendance at 22,000 to 23,000, and that felt perfect. It was lively and crowded, but not too crowded, with food lines short enough to be absolutely bearable. On the one hand, I worry what the ballpark will feel like with almost 20,000 more people there. On the other hand, I figure that at actual Mets games there will be more people in their seats watching the game than wandering around the entirety of Citi Field. So…I have hope for manageable crowds!
    • Picture 178.jpgThe bullpen gate ROCKS. First of all, that’s where the Old Apple is. The longest line at Citi on Sunday was to take a photo with the Apple. You could even jump on top of it and pose! I want to do that this Friday. I wonder how long they’ll let you… What’s more? The visitor’s bullpen is riiiiiight there, fully within heckling distance. Have at the other team’s pitchers, my friends. Have at them.
    • Picture 202.jpgMy favorite of the various team stores around the ballpark is the “Forty Seven” store, which carries my favorite Mets gear brand, Banner Supply Co. If you like a more retro Mets look, this is absolutely the place for you to check out the merch. You know what else is cool? You get these awesome tote bag-like shopping bags from the team stores that you can absolutely re-use to bring stuff to the ballpark. Look how happy I am about my new almost tote bag!
    • THERE ARE TOPPINGS! And yeah, I took that to all caps. I used to bring my own little relish packets for my hotdogs. Now you can find readily available onions, relish, and jalapenos. Hungry just thinking ’bout it…
    • Speaking of! New facebook friend “NYC Food Guy” sent me pics from yesterday’s Citi Field culinary press tasting. Are those cannolis with blue and orange sprinkles I see? Yes, please! His blog entry from the tasting is a MUST-SEE, so don’t miss it! Oh, it all looks so very, very, very good!

    And here are some picture highlights for you to enjoy!
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