Archive for March, 2009

Citi Field: First Look

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.

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Phillies Fan Booted From Citi Field!

It didn’t take long for the first ejection … though, you’d think it would have been for fighting or public drunkenness, and not for choice in clothing. On the stadium’s opening day on Sunday, a St. John’s University student was asked to leave Citi Field — because he was wearing a Phillies jacket.

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RH Sluggers Available

We know the Mets are not going to add any position players to their roster, but there’s still a major, glaring void — a righthanded-hitting outfielder with home run power. This week, a two players filling that description became available. Let’s take a quick look at them and a few others. The Sluggers Gary Sheffield […]

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Citi Field: Final Thoughts

(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 […]

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First Base Line

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 […]

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Mets Sign Ken Takahashi

The Mets pass on Ohman, but take Takahashi. Meantime, Jimmy Gobble is available again, and the Phillies still have Ryan Howard and Chase Utley in their lineup. Oh, and will someone please explain how and why Elmer Dessens is in big league camp, while Nelson Figueroa is not?

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Left Field Foul Pole and Restaurant

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 […]

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Left Field Entrance

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, […]

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Outfield Angles

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 […]

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Behind Home Plate

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 […]

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2009 Fantasy Projections: Shortstop

“Shortstop” is the name of a greasy spoon diner right under the last stop of 1/9 train in Riverdale – whatever you order, keep it greasy and order seconds. Cheese fries are highly recommended, if I remember correctly. “Shortstop” is also where the NL East is dominating the positional rankings in fantasy baseball: Shortstop Rankings […]

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Scoreboard Ad Inventory

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 […]

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Minor League Memories

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 […]

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Nationals Like J-Lo?

What could Jennifer Lopez possibly have to do with the Washington Nationals? Hint: she won’t be playing second base. Ask veteran pitcher Julian Tavarez, who compares his new team to J-Lo … sort of …

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Hearing and Not Hearing

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 […]

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