It is no secret right now in New York sports that the Mets are a second-class citizen when compared to the Yankees. They are in financial ruin, their tickets sell for pennies on the dollar on secondary markets, they haven’t made the playoffs since 2006, they haven’t won a World Series since 1986, and aren’t [...]
Yankees fans are notorious for proclaiming if and how a player has “earned his Yankees stripes.” It’s a bit ridiculous and it can get incredibly annoying to have a conversation with someone who insists a player on the level of Mark Texeiria wasn’t REALLY a Yankee until [insert appropriate Yankeeography episode title here] happened. But… [...]
It doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, because even without Danny Murphy’s homerun, the Mets still eek out a win by one run. But, there’s one thing bothering me about the fly ball he hit to the right field corner in the sixth inning of last night’s ballgame. While everyone else is focusing [...]
The NY Post’s George Willis is reporting that the Mets are up to their old tricks: WHEN Dwight “Doc” Gooden attended the Mets’ Opening Day ceremonies at Citi Field last week, he stopped by the Ebbets Club along the first-base line and mingled with fans who cheered him during his Mets career. He shook hands, [...]
Yesterday, Mike Francesa was deluged with calls from incensed fans who found out that their season tickets at Citi Field had obstructed views, poor sightlines, and other viewing issues. Mets EVP of Operations David Howard responded to those complaints — read on to see a summary of the issues presented and Howard’s responses (as well as my witty addendums).
The good, the bad, and the ugly of Citi Field, brought to you in pictures. View the photos, read my remarks, and form your own opinion … or wait another two weeks and try to scalp a ticket so you can see the place for yourself.
(photo from the Bridge and Tunnel Club) Last spring I appeared on SNY’s MetsWeekly and said that I would not miss Shea Stadium. To me, there was nothing particularly special about the symmetrical, circular, cement structure that was cast from the cookie cutter of multi-use stadiums that became all the rage in the late 1960s [...]
Following up with the previous post, which mentions the smaller foul area around the park, check out the distance between first base and the photographers pit. Below is a closeup. This is a really minor thing, and neither a negative nor a positive detail, but it’s something that caught my attention. Mostly what I’m wondering [...]
Here is a shot of the left field foul pole, which is Mets orange and stands in front of the “Left Field Restaurant”, a dining experience that features a clear glass view of the ballgame. The restaurant is located on the “Exelsior Club Level”, which doesn’t sound too highfalutin, does it? According to Mets.com, the [...]
This is where I entered the park, because the entrance at the Jackie Robinson Rotunda was a madhouse. I like the black and white photos of Tom Seaver, Tug McGraw, Rusty Staub, Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, etc. Above each entrance is a steel figurine (sculpting?) of a key moment in Mets history. As seen below, [...]
Above is the view of the field from the field level, third base side. Below is the view from the field level, down the right field line. This is a random shot of the top of the dugout, which strangely had standing water on this rainy afternoon. You would think they would have pitched the [...]
If you are a longtime MetsToday reader then you probably know I’m a catcher, and as such I think the seats behind home plate are the best in the house — any house. Of course, in many stadiums, they’re also the most expensive seats, and rarely if ever available to the average joe (pardon the [...]
Looks like the prime ad inventory around the main scoreboard either hasn’t yet been sold, or hasn’t been set up. Maybe the Mets will be streaming Google text link ads in those spots. Yeah I know … one post I’m complaining about ads, the next one I’m asking for more. Truth is, I don’t mind [...]
Take a good look at the field. Is there something about the “decorations” that give you a minor league feel? Maybe if I show you some closer shots, you’ll see what I mean … Below is a shot of the bullpen, which I imagine will get a lot of TV time. Is it me, or [...]
One 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 [...]