We have the routine down -- drive into Queens, drive through Flushing Meadow Park, park in the same lot on Roosevelt Avenue. We cross the street to the stadium by walking upstairs to the station for the #7 train, then walking back down. Then we're at Citi Field, and we walk passed the Shea Stadium Home Run Apple to get to our entrance gate.
Last night, right after we passed the Apple, we met up with one of our favorite celebrities:
You can't really see it, but the shirt I'm wearing is the souvenir from last summer's trip to Cooperstown -- it has the team logo on the front, and on the back is a list of every NY Mets player who made it to the Hall of Fame. The hat was a promotional item from a game 5 years ago, it salutes the 1986 World Series team.
Our tickets allowed us to use the Foxwoods Club, an indoor restaurant and bar. This club has large picture windows, and you can see the NYC skyline and some of Flushing Meadow Park. Last night was too hazy for a decent picture of the skyline, but I did take one of the tennis stadium -- that's the construction for the new stadium rising up behind the old one, they hope to have the new one built in time for the Open at the end of the summer.
I had an incredible dinner -- sausage and peppers hero, served with marinara sauce, a few dabs of ricotta and real shaved parmesan cheese. Drew had meatballs with a side of ciabatta bread.
Our seats were in left field. I joked that if we were any further into left field, we'd be sitting in Flushing Bay. But in reality, the view wasn't bad at all.
The "Pepsi Porch" is gone, it's now the "Coke Corner".
And yes, we were kind of close to the Home Run Apple:
The stadium was only half full last night. But it was a Monday night, the weather wasn't great, and the opposing team....well, let's be nice and say it's a "rebuilding year" for the Atlanta Braves.
While we were waiting for the game to begin, Drew took a walk. He was in search of a team logo sweatshirt. He didn't find one he liked, but he came back with a couple of hot dogs. Not just ordinary hot dogs, but hot dogs cooked in beer. There's only one place you can get those dogs -- behind right field, near the Shea Bridge. And yes, they are worth the walk.
Later, when it got colder, I had a cup of hot chocolate to warm myself up. And yes, I shall have to do penance at the gym today.
To honor America:
The starting line up:
The main scoreboard:
Great game. Colon pitched well through 8 innings. Wright, Duda and Cespides all homered in the first inning.
Final score 4-1, another Mets victory.
Color me happy.