It Must Be Raindrops, So Many Raindrops

I have to agree 1,000 % with two prestigious members of the Mets blogger-ari, Greg Prince of Faith and Fear in Flushing and Shannon of The Mets Police as they took the NY Mets to the wood shed for the spanking their deserved  on the teams handling of yesterday’s rain out.

Yesterday’s game was no run of the mill April game, it was Tome Seaver Bobblehead Day. Seaver is now and ever shall be THE FRANCHISE , so when the date was announced that his head and famous delivery would be honored with plaster and a springy thing in his neck, many Mets fans jumped on that date to buy tickets, in fact I bet for most it would be their first outing to Citi Field for the season and in this time of trying extra hard to sell tickets, yesterday would have been the day to put out the good dishes and make sure everyone had a smile on their face to sell the Citi Field experience. Instead, the Mets are left with a lot of disgruntled customers who may feel it’s not worth the effort to head to Citi Field.

This is why I hate to buy tickets in advance because when I do and you have a weather situation like yesterday it makes for a tension convention of a day. You wake up early and it’s raining your family peppers you with question if the game is still on like it’s my call. Nothing is worse than fighting the traffic on the Gowanus and BQE to go to Flushing and pay $20 to park a car and then find out no game today. So add that $20 to the toll I have to pay to cross Verrazano-City Government Extortion Bridge and with gas at over $4 a gallon and the aggravation of driving back home with no plan B for the day, sometimes it better to not buy tickets in advance but just wait until day of game to buy them and print them out at home and go on your merry way.

Mets management has to do a better job of calling games early enough as to not inconvenience fans/customers because its days like yesterday that will keep fans away more than the play on the field.

The thing I love about Twitter is the way some folks on their take shit so seriously. While I’m waiting for my assignment for the day, I see this tweet and felt I just had to answer it in a way to stir some shit up. I love the response but even better was this response, so of course I had to counter that. This is like my new life’s work anyone dissing the Mets who is not a member of the Church of Blue and Orange gets called out.  Yeah I’m a little bit out of my mind.

 

 

 

 

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HIGHLANDER STADIUM, A NICE PLACE TO VISIT BUT I WOULDN’T WANT TO CALL IT HOME

As I mentioned yesterday, I took a trip to the South Bronx to watch the Highlanders-Indians game which was my first visit to the new Highlander Stadium, so I’d figure I’d give you  some of my observations of the ball park.

It’s big, very big much bigger than Citi Field and because of that you are much further away from the field than at Citi.

As soon as you head down the stairs of the 4 train you know you’re at HIGHLANDER STADIUM because the Highlander brand just suffocates you. Maybe suffocates is too strong or maybe as a Mets fan I wish Citi Field was as Mets-centric as Highlander Stadium. Hell, even the hot dog stand is named Highlander hot dogs. Every single inch of the place is decorated in Highlander colors and there is no mention of the old Baltimore Orioles , who became the Highlanders and then the Yankees. No its’ Yankees, Yankees and more Yankees.

They sell t-shirts for just about every member of the team and of course all the retired stars. I was very, very tempted to buy a MARTIN 1 t-shirt as I always admired Bill Martin and his style of managing. His off the field way left a lot to be desired for sure but as a manager Martin was as good if not better than anyone who ever ran a baseball team.

For me to get to Highlander Stadium is a breeze. I took the 10:30 AM ferry out of Staten Island, then walked up to Bowling Green to get the 4 train and I was in front of the ball park by 11:45. It takes me that long to get from my house to the Gowanus /BQE merge going to Citi Field.

There are no ushers at Highlander Stadium. There are security people and the Highlanders post a number you can text to report a problem in your section. I sat in Section 420B yesterday and while everything was fine there was this one young lady who kept getting up looking for friends of hers and blocked the view of some fans. One of the blocked fans must have texted the number given as a security guard with ear piece came to the section and went right to the row where this gal was and asked if everything was ok here. Pretty impressive.

The Stadium itself (it’s not a ballpark it’s a STADIUM) has no charm. As you walk in the concourse level is just like entering a high end shopping mall. There are many, many workers who hold up signs “How May I Help You” and whatever you’re looking for at the Stadium they can tell you where it is. Unfortunately that doesn’t happen at Citi Field.     

The food choices were ok I guess, there wasn’t a concession that I said I have to have that. The garlic fires looked enticing but the smell of the garlic was so overpowering I passed. There was a Boar’s Head deli which I guess is very good but I can have a Boar’s Head deli sandwich any time I want. Johnny Rocket’s? There’s one in the SI Mall. Brother Jimmy’s BBQ? I have that before NY Rangers games. Hard Rock Café? If there was ever an organization that was the antithesis of Rock n Roll it’s the Highlanders   So I settled for my favorite sausage and peppers hero.

As for the fans, I guess because it was a Sunday there were a lot of families mostly from NJ, Rockland and Orange County and beyond. Listening to some of the conversations, many were of the casual fan variety but the fan of the day had to be the woman in back of me decked out in here Rivera jersey, cap who cheered and cheered for Jeter and A-Rod who upon seeing a man walking down from the upper rows of the section with a Highlander jersey with the number 5 on it asked her the guy who was with her, “Who’s number 5” to make it worse the guy who was with her didn’t know. My son who was with me just stared ahead watching the action, shaking his head back and forth. That was the best part of the day.

Citi Field has a lot of warts, most of them brought on by ownership but the atmosphere at Citi is much better and more of a festive block party, hanging out in the back yard BALLPARK whereas Highlander STADIUM is a massive high rise apartment building  where no one knows your name and they like it that way.

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