Left Field Scoreboard


This is a shot of the out-of-town scoreboard, which hangs over the upper-deck seats in left field. Do you see anything wrong with this picture? Here’s a hint: what if YOU were sitting behind that scoreboard?

Citi Field Out of Town Scoreboard

Here’s an up-close shot. This is probably the first and last time you will ever see the New York Mets listed on the out-of-town scoreboard, and on the American League side to boot.

There are some really cool features with the out-of-town scoreboard at Citi Field — for example, the uniform number of the current pitchers are on the left, there are red lights telling you how many outs there are, and green lights on a mini-diamond let you know the runners on. But, there’s one annoying and vital issue with this “state of the art” scoreboard — you don’t know which team is at bat! So, yeah, it’s first and third with one out in the fourth inning, but we don’t know which team has runners on first and third. MAJOR FAIL! Maybe it’s a glitch that will be resolved by Opening Day.

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  1. DanCasaz March 29, 2009 at 11:36 pm
    If you look closely enough, and at the right angle, there appear to be circles above and below the inning number. My guess is they just weren’t in use for a spring training game, although it would seem to be pretty redundant to include that if they were displaying runners at all.
  2. joe March 29, 2009 at 11:46 pm
    Sharp eagle eyes there, Dan! Thanks for pointing that out!

    I’m nearsighted, farsighted, suffer from astigmatism, and it was damn foggy, so I have a drawer full of excuses.

    But, I’m still not sure of the logic behind putting the scoreboard in front of spectators …. it looks as if it would have been smarter to put the board going up instead of hanging down. I have a feeling that those will be the seats I get for the NLCS (fingers crossed)!

  3. isuzudude March 30, 2009 at 7:57 am
    No matter what, you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. At Shea the out of town scoreboard was beyond RF, hence making it pretty much impossible to be seen from the bleachers or from the RF corner beyond the foul pole. Also, when I went to Atlanta, their out of town scoreboard is on the outfield fence facing home plate, so anybody seated in the outfield has no clue what’s going on around baseball. I think no matter where you put the scoreboard, someone somewhere isn’t going to have a good view of the thing. I really have no qualms with where the Mets have put it at Citi. I think the only way this could have been resolved is to have 2 scoreboards, one on each upper deck facade, but that could be argued as overkill, so again…damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
  4. joe March 30, 2009 at 9:32 am
    ‘dude, if I’m in those seats, not being able to see the scoreboard is the LEAST of my worries. The issue is that I won’t be able to see the field because the damn scoreboard is in my way!

    I think Andrew Vazzano may have a shot from those seats, if he posts it I’ll link to it so you can see what I mean.