Citi Field Firsts

It was not the most auspicious start for a new ballpark — at least, not for the home team — but the list of “firsts” has already begun. Print this out and keep it handy for future trivia buff gatherings.

First Pitch: Mike Pelfrey

First Homerun: Jody Gerut (also first hit, first run, and first RBI)

First Mets Homerun: David Wright

First Mets Hit: David Wright (double)

First Mets Run: Brian Schneider

First Mets RBI: Luis Castillo

First Double: David Wright

First Triple: ** still waiting **

First Strikeout: Nick Hundley, by Mike Pelfrey

First Walk: Chase Headley, by Mike Pelfrey

First Pinch-Hitter: Gary Sheffield

First Pinch-Hit: Jeremy Reed

First Balk: Pedro Feliciano

First Wild Pitch: J.J. Putz

First Error: Ryan Church

First Win: Edward Mujica, Padres

First Save: Heath Bell

First Hold: (tie) Edwin Moreno, Duaner Sanchez

First Loss: Brian Stokes, Mets

First Drunken Guest in the Broadcast Booth: Tom Seaver

First Player Booed: Heath Bell

First Player to Receive Standing Ovation: Danny Murphy (for catching a routine fly ball)

First Fall for No Apparent Reason: Mike Pelfrey

First Bleeding Heart Liberal Narcissistic Celebrity Interview by Kevin Burkhardt: Tim Robbins

First Bad Shea Stadium Memory Retold by a Bleeding Heart Liberal Narcissistic Celebrity: Tim Robbins

First animal to set foot on the field: Feline

First Fans to Sit in Bernie Madoff’s Seats: “Kurt” and son “Mike”

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  1. ZDT April 14, 2009 at 9:47 am
    Sheffield was the first PH, not Reed.
  2. isuzudude April 14, 2009 at 10:25 am
    I got a chuckle from Mayor Bloomberg getting a foul ball that found its way through the netting behind home plate. Although, isn’t that a bit of a safety hazard? I also still see no reason for having a concrete pit along the rightfield line, other than providing an area for security and the grounds crew to set up a few lawn chairs on. And, oh yeah, the camera angle peering into the visitors’ bullpen is like trying to get a glimpse at the lions at the zoo behind 6 sets of fencing and various flora arrangements.

    I’ll say one thing on a positive note. At least they decided to color the seats dark green. I’m sure some folks will say it’s for nostalgic reasons to Ebberts Field or whatever, but it’s primary focus is to not make it seem like there are so many empty seats around the ballpark. And for a home opener in NY, there sure were a lot of empty seats last night, although the seat color didn’t make it look so pronounced.

  3. joe April 14, 2009 at 10:31 am
    FYI the dark green is the one and only homage to the Polo Grounds, which had the same color seats. At the last minute the Wilpons begrudgingly decided to throw a bone to the history of the Mets, instead of their beloved Dodgers.
  4. joe April 14, 2009 at 10:33 am
    ZDT – Sheffield was the first pinch-hitter, but Reed collected the first pinch-hit. Sheff reached base on a fielder’s choice.
  5. ZDT April 14, 2009 at 12:31 pm
    That’s what I get for pretending I know what I’m talking about.

    Good Call Joe.

  6. joe April 14, 2009 at 12:35 pm
    well you were right about Sheff being the first pinch-hitter, and as a result I added that to the post …. thank you!
  7. Former Mets Fan April 14, 2009 at 4:49 pm
    According to Dave Howard (on WFAN with Francesspool), the green seats allows the green of the grass to continue into the stands. What an awesome idea – assuming the seats are empty! What will these Metsies think of next?

    Howard also said the price of concessions is down 6%, but of course that is only for the concession items that were sold at Shea. All the new stuff couldn’t be reduced in price because, there was no starting price to reduce. Amazing! What will these Metsies think of next?

    Howard repeatedly referred to Mets fans as “customers”? That is what is known as a disconnect. Maybe the “company” should have looked into some “new employees” like Manny Ramirez and Orlando Hudson.

    Fuck the Mets. I’m tired of being shit on.

  8. Eli From Brooklyn April 14, 2009 at 4:54 pm
    LOL, this post is great.

    Guys, stop worrying. It’s been 7 games. Sheesh.

    Keep em coming, Joe!

  9. joe April 14, 2009 at 5:11 pm
    Thanks Eli !

    Former Mets Fan – yes, the spectators who enter Citi Field are indeed “customers”. I’m not sure what you mean by “fans” …. unless you think the park will need some circulation as the summer heats up? Though, I’m guessing we’ll still get that stiff breeze off the water.

    The Mets have been building their “brand” for some time now, and have publicly stated that they will remain committed to putting a “winning product on the field”. I do agree, though, that Brand Manager Omar Minaya would have done well to hire employees such as Manny and Hudson. Perhaps those two did not do well in the HR interview.