Hearing and Not Hearing

Citi Field speakersOne of the things about Shea Stadium that drove me absolutely out of my mind were the acoustics of the place, which were horrendous to say the least. To make matters worse, the sound tech would invariably play sounds and songs at too high a volume, resulting in an ear-splitting, distorted cacophony that resembled the feedback from a guitar smashing by Pete Townshend.

However, the issue of sound has been addressed suitably in Citi Field with the installation of high-fidelity speakers every few feet above the seats. The sound is clear, undistorted, and has a nice rich bass quality. Some songs are still played a little too loudly, especially if you are directly under one of the speakers. Nonetheless, it’s a huge improvement over the Shea Stadium noise.

citi field sound system

But not everyone can hear, right? I SAID, NOT EVERYONE CAN HEAR, RIGHT ??? !!!!! Seriously though, a nice bonus to the Citi Field scoreboards is the addition of a closed-caption screen, which hangs off the rafter in right field, and displays text corresponding to the PA announcements.

closed caption screen at citi field

In addition to the PA announcements, the screen also shows the words to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”, so everyone can sing along. Of course, we didn’t need the words to that song, but to “Lazy Mary” — which thankfully is still part of the seventh-inning stretch playlist. If you weren’t born in Sicily, you can learn and practice the Lazy Mary lyrics right here on MetsToday.

Next up: how Citi Field resembles a minor league ballpark.

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.