Top 20 Differences Between Spring Training and Regular Season

What makes a spring training game at Tradition Field different from a regular season game at Shea Stadium …

1. 5000 people fill the park instead of 55,000

2. Parking is on a lawn, is easy, costs five bucks, and you get a free newspaper with it.

3. Leaving the parking lot after the game takes ten minutes instead of one hour plus.

4. You can get to your seat with a beer, a sausage, and a program in less than five minutes after entering the stadium.

5. You NEVER wait to use a stall in the restroom.

6. A “long line” at the concession stand is three people deep.

7. There are at least five “ceremonial first pitches” — and one of them is by the stock boy from the local Wal-Mart.

8. The last row of “Upper Reserve” is a great seat — better, in fact, than some field level boxes in Shea and better than anything in Loge.

9. You can hear Carlos Delgado encouraging the pitcher from the Upper Reserve.

10. Hot dog: $3.50.

11. 18 oz. beer: five bucks. 22-oz. beer: six bucks.

12. Concessions workers are warm, friendly, and take their time — and you don’t mind a bit.

13. T-shirts are launched from a bungee cord instead of a pop-gun … except, the bungee doesn’t work and so the tees are thrown by Sandy Alomar, Sr.

14. There’s only one drunken, loud, obnoxious arsehole in the park instead of dozens.

15. Mr. Met is nowhere to be found (sigh).

16. Free taco if a Met pitcher strikes out the second batter of the second inning.

17. No “plane race” … instead, there’s a golf pitch-n-putt contest.

18. Speaking of planes, there are none flying overhead every 15 minutes.

19. Tiki Bar! ’nuff said.

20. Dirtiest car in the parking lot wins a free car wash.

Bonus: UV index is 7, so make sure you wear sun block!

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.