The new arena is the story, much nicer than Shea Stadium, I read somewhere that Shea Stadium had all of the charm of the a Dept of Motor Vehicles office. A place you want to leave as soon as possible. Not so much Citi Field. A great place to watch baseball. Defiantly not built by Robert Moses.
I joked with my Dad that it is the best billion dollars I ever spent an afternoon in. He reacted to my (commie) statement (in conservative spirit) by telling me that it was money all spent by the Mets. We were both wrong. According to Ballparks.com it cost $600 million to build and only 165 million was public financing. So what.
But baseball nerd stuff.
- In the bottom of the first there was an INSIDE THE PARK HOME RUN. I ain't never even seen that on TV.
- In the top of the 8th the umpires judged that a clearly caught ball was trapped and the runner got a triple. When there was some sort of review they called the runner out. I DID NOT KNOW THAT EMPIRES CAN CHANGE THEIR MINDS.
- I got to watch the Philly manager get thrown out of the game. I think his arguing and the throwing out was kinda symbolic.
- The game ended with an UNASSISTED TRIPLE PLAY. Acccording to the Philadelphia Inquire: "From shallow center field, Shane Victorino was frantically yelling to teammate Eric Bruntlett, "Touch everybody. Touch everything."" This was an Holy Shit moment. It really looked like the Mets were gonna come back and in a breath it was over.
And another thing, It is baseball, anything can happen. Don't leave till the fat lady sings.
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