Batting helmet! It’s almost like they anticipated we’d be going to Citi Field more for the giveaways and the food…I can’t wait to get mine Friday night. I have no idea where I will wear it, but you can imagine the fun I may be having with it here…
Zoë and batting? The first time I swung a bat was in April, ’08 in the Citizen Bank Park parking lot. Matty Cerrone was teaching me wiffle ball before he pulled a hammy (and Ollie got the win). The second time was on a date at the Chelsea Piers batting cages. I did 3 rounds of slow-pitch soft ball, 20-40 mph. On my best round I hit 8 out of 10, all headed foul. But still, first time! And now that I’ll have a batting helmet, maybe it won’t be the last!
Then again, maybe not. My hands hurt.
(What, you don’t wear a purse when you play wiffle ball?)
The Wilpons, owners of the Mets, have responded to season-long criticism that Citi Field is not “Metsy” enough. The powers-that-be have now added 3 more banners to the left field wall, honoring 2007, 2008, 2009. These banners? They are very Metsy.
I love how each of the guys get in a punch-line here.
Ron: “I’m kinda laughing at him.”
Keith: “Oh, airplanes! For a change.”
Tonight Gary takes a rare night off, and it will be just Keith and Ronnie in the booth, left to their own devices…
Sunday was a great day at the ballpark for the Mets, Zoë, Coop, and others. These are the people in your neighborhood. Enjoy.
The Mets’ day on the field, with my own play by play and a break for team store crazy antics:
I will post more about today’s very fun game at a later time. But for now, attention must be paid to the bobblehead rivalry between K-Rod, ’09, and Billy Wagner, ’08. Two closers. Two disappointing years. Two figurines with wobbly heads.
The two closers had a spirited confrontation after today’s game, brought to you exclusively here.
(It sounds like I’m saying “Jonathan Papelbaum.” What, did I want to make him Jewish?)
And speaking of pitchers, look who’s home?!
I missed you John Maine, and I cross all my fingers for your return outing hopefully on Sunday.