Here’s what Citi Field is fixing to look like for most September games.
I’m going to Citi Field, courtesy of a non baseball-watching friend who got two tickets for donating blood. (I actually haven’t figured out whom to give the spare one to) The Mets are virtually out of it, merely at .500, and 8 full games away from even sniffing a playoff spot. I’m not going to say “It’s over” because stranger things have happened, but until they rattle off a streak better than 4-3, even I’m not going to be hanging on every game like it’s a pennant race. So will anyone be out at the game tonight? Someone suggested I should try the dunk tank and pretend it’s Oliver Perez sitting on it. I’ll explore the free giveaways at the Verizon Studio, and see if the seasonal beers have changed to fall yet.
Will the lines at Shake Shack be short? Or will they be longer as more people are willing to walk away from watching the game for a great burger?
Will the crowd get into the game if it’s a good game? Or will they mostly be disinterested and focus on booing guys like Castillo?
Will people leave early, even if it’s a close game? If the score is 6-2 can I expect the stands to be virtually empty by the 9th? Will they be mostly empty even if it’s 4-3?
Personally I’ll be looking forward to a good pitching matchup (Johnson vs. Dickey) and looking forward to Dickey reaching the minimum innings required to qualify for the ERA list, on which he’d be in the top 10.
I’m watching the game from section 337, row 4. That’s Left Field Landing, and somewhere I’ve never sat before. Always enjoy the new vantage points, and row 4 probably isn’t overly obscured like the back rows of that section are. I’ll also probably roam at random taking pictures of everything. If you see a guy with a camera pointing at odd things wearing a Mets Hall of Fame cap and a Wright last season at Shea jersey…probably me.