OPENING DAY AT CITI FIELD IN A WORD, UNCOMFORTABLE!

I think that’s the proper word to describe yesterday’s Mets home opener. The weather turned from not bad to uncomfortable rather quickly.  I know there have been reports of empty seats and there were pockets of them through the ball park but you have to understand that Citi Field was built for those who like to stroll and for those who like to remain inside.  I’m sure all the ritzy clubs were filled with sissy fans and folks at the game that could not care less that the Mets went 0 for 10 with RISP. Then there is the Shea Bridge, which has become the meeting spot for fans to meet with friends at the game. Yesterday I met up with Ed “Rusty Jr.” Marcus, Kerel Cooper, Taryn Cooper, Ed Leyro and Shannon for a pre game summit that should have been covered by SNY. That’s what SNY is missing, a Meet the Press type show with Mets bloggers in a round table setting. I bet it would beat any show on the network in ratings.

Citi Field is starting to grow on me.  There were a few issues.  I went to get a hot dog on the Concourse to enjoy while watching batting practice. The concession stand is one of the self service ones that reminds me of a rest stop on the NJ Turnpike. I get my hot dog, pay for it and then head over to the toppings island. There is a  woman stationed there who puts the onions and sauerkraut on for you. I can not believe this is the woman’s sole function. I mean, how much do you pay a person to be a condiments distributor? Is there special training needed to execute this task? Next time I have a bar-b-que at my house, I think I’m going to offer the job of condiment distributor to one of my kids,  next time I go to Citi Field I’ll ask the woman how much she makes so I know where to start my salary negotiations. By the way, by the time I put on the mustard and the fine condiment lady lathered my hot dog in onions, the frankfurter was cold. UGH!

They have added a Hot Pastrami station on the Concourse where you can get a kinish as well. I never understood why the team never put a full deli concession in the Worlds Fare Market to go along with Mama’s of Corona. Suhi. YUCK!!!

Outside the Worlds Fare Market they have added an area that makes frozen daiquiris. The drinks look very refreshing and would be great on an 85 degree day but when it’s 45 and damp, I’ll pass.

The opening day ceremonies were very good,  except for the booing of Mike Pelfrey and Frankie Rodriquez, Pelfrey gave a little smile which was good and Rodriquez stood stone faced which was good too as he must have known what to expect. M ookie Wilson got a great ovation but then again if Tim Corcoran was introduced he’d get a round of applause as well since he has a ’86 World Series ring  for the 7 at bats he had in helping the cause that season. Anyone associated with the 1986 Mets is an immortal.

(Update: What a schmuck I am for forgetting to mention Ralph Kiner tossing out the first pitch. Ralphie was a picture of sartorial splendor in his fur collared over coat. When Mets toast master general Georgie Jessel, Howie Rose announced  him to the crowd, a roar went up throughout the ballpark. Kiner then doffed the overcoat like a boxer does his robe at the start of a prize fight and headed to a spot near home plate, assisted by his daughter and son in law. He then tossed the first pitch to Mookie Wilson, who ran out to give Kiner a big hug. I guess I’m a Mets romantic because I love moments like this)

The shocker of the day for me was Alex Cora getting cheers and applause when he was introduced as a Nats bench warmer. So Mets fans boo Big Pelf and cheer Cora. Mets fans are fucked up.

So on to the game. Right away you could see R.A. Dickey was in distress after a 1-2-3 first inning. I thought it was the cold weather that was causing his grip on the knuckle ball to cause him problems, it wasn’t until after the game I found out about his split finger nail but I’ll tell you this, when the temperature is in the mid-40’s and it’s damp sitting at a game of deep counts and a tone of walks is not fun.

Jose Reyes made a spectacular play to get an inning ending double play to avert a big inning by the Nats but at the plate he was woeful.  I’m sure Sandy Alderson has that 7th inning AB etched into his mind. I can’t put all the blame on Reyes. Angel Pagan hasn’t hit and came up short in the 7th as well and Ike Davis, who I adore, really needs to stop contesting every strike call by the umpires. He’s going to get a bad rep and one of these days either Douche Bag Joe West or Incompetent Angel Hernandez will behind the plate  and either stick it to him with a phony strike call or toss him  from the game for just glancing over his shoulder.

I know Willie Harris has been hitting and playing real well in LF but I’d much rather see Lucas Duda out there every day until Jason Bay comes back. If you’re not playing Duda every day, then why is he here?

If I were Jason Issringhausen I’d be on the phone this morning asking to be promoted or released. As bad as the bullpen has been the starting pitching has been as bad as well. Bad pitching and the inability to drive runners in with less than two outs is a recipe for disaster.

I just wonder when does Sandy Alderson’ patients run out.  I’m not saying he needs to do anything now but after a month if the team is floundering does he shake it up with a blockbuster deal or a release of players or demotions to the minors. I guess this is what happens when you freeze your ass off at an opening day stinker  it leads your mind to Armageddon.

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  1. Hot pastrami and a knish at the ballpark after all these years? Have to check it out when I go Sunday. Was so sorry to miss Opening Day this year. But then again, I’m hoping for a better game on Sunday.

  2. Well done, Steve (but a hotdog on a Friday during Lent? Stephen, Stephen, Stephen…lol). I love cold weather and despise heat, but even I was uncomfortable. It was just a frustrating day all around, the LOBs, the walks, the lack of a clutch hit (haven’t we been writing that for years?).

    I agree 100% on Izzy. Why are they messing around with a pen of cast-offs, when they could give Izzy a shot? And here’s a prediction-Byrdak is the next Perpetual Pedro. Has there been a game where he hasn’t pitched? As the sole lefty, they’re going to burn him out like a Roman candle. Then Pee Wee could sign him next year and blame the Mets again.

  3. I would love to have been there with you guys, but MLB starts the game in the middle of a weekday because for some reason that’s supposed to benefit kids. That’s interesting since they then start WS games at 1 in the morning.

  4. I’d say it’s time for Mike Nickeas, Daniel Murphy or Lucas Duda to go to Buffalo so we can have a 13th pitcher – have we seen a starter go past the sixth inning yet this year?

  5. Krane, I swear that should start a blog of my own, but then I see that you are writing what I think, and I say, if I had the time, this is what I would be writing so…I am driving in the car on the way home yesterday, listening and I hear Duda is on deck as a pinch hitter, and I say the same thing. Ditto the Pelf, K-Rod thing. I expected the K-Rod reaction, as well as the Pelf, although he has not done anything to deserve it. He could have pitched better, but that is another story (Check my reaction to your previous post about pitchers nibbling). Cheering Cora? Why, just because he told Jerry Manuel that the pitcher was on deck in a game against the Yankees?

    Lastly, the fact that at a NY ball park you have not sold a good pastrami (or corned beef, for that matter) is idiotic.

  6. kranepool says:

    @Dana Brand
    The Mets work slowly Dana maybe next season we can get a Dr. Browns with that pastrami

  7. kranepool says:

    @Rich
    Rich I’ll toss an extra $5 dollar bill in the collection plate tomorrow that will make up for the hot dog

  8. Steve, second Sunday of the month, so two collections this week, lol. I’m going to 4:30 mass today, then off to the game. I may ask for divine intervention on the field. You think $5 will cover that request, too?

  9. Krane, considering the Wilpon’s money problems, they could just send us the money and we could be a much better marketing and PR department then Dave Howard runs now.

  10. Michael says:

    All of this excites !

    I eagerly await the start of the championship season.

  11. Michael says:

    My son is going to tonites game. This concerns me.

  12. Oh no! Yankee Dude, is there a Mets Dude hiding in the family? Kids, they’re so ungrateful.

  13. Now you know how my dad felt, Michael, and how my mom feels to this day.

  14. @Rich

    My oldest son is a die hard Yankee fan like his father and grandfather. I’ll have to have a heart to heart talk with my youngest son.

  15. The Ralph Kiner moment, with Ralph raising his arms in triumph afterwards, was brilliant. Ralph,you are The man!The nicest man you would want to meet, also. Class.

  16. The pastrami, by the way, was terrific. And I am very particular about pastrami. But I’m not holding out for too much hope for Dr. Brown’s unless Pepsi acquires them.

  17. kranepool says:

    @Dana Brand

    It’s a toss up between the pastrami or the Keith Burger for what I want to try next at Citi Field.

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