Mets 2011 Home Opener

April 10th, 2011 Posted in Citi Field, Mets games

National Anthem

I haven’t been to a Mets home opener since 2007 with Nik, and so it was with great excitement that the schedule had the team opening at home on a Friday afternoon, 4 p.m. ET to be exact. As I’ve mentioned before, I work an unusual schedule. Thursday and Friday are my usual days off until the summer, so I knew I’d be able to get to New York and back without having to use a vacation day.

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It was a cold and overcast day, but it was baseball. I’ve been anxiously awaiting live baseball. I know I could have gone to a Cubs game, but they’re not my team so I don’t care to see them on a normal day.

I bought our tickets in mid-March and wanted seats somewhere other than Promenade Reserved because I have sat there before. We got section 424 in Promenade box. It was a nice view, just out past third base, but the deep corner of left field was a little obstructed. Our tickets allowed us access to the Promenade Club which was nice, mainly for its warmth.

Ike and Terry shake hands

The View During the National Anthem

We arrived early to walk around and to make sure we got Mr. Met Bobblehead’s. We had a drink at McFadden’s and then lined up at the Bullpen Gate entrance. Security was a breeze and we headed right to the Shake Shack so Nik could get his fix. We then spent the next hour or so walking all around the lower concourse, checking out a few of the stores and making some purchases.

R.A. Dickey

It was about 3:30 that we got to our seats to get ready for player introductions and for Ralph Kiner’s ceremonial first pitch. Our vantage point was nice for the game, but for seeing the Mets all stand along the first base line, we were at a disadvantage. Nonetheless, it was time for baseball.

Ralph Kiner Ceremonial First Pitch

R.A. Dickey got the start and was not at his best. The Nationals went up 2-0 early. The Mets were able to match that, but then the game fell apart and they lost 6-2.

Ralph Kiner and Mookie Wilson Jose Takes a Lead

David Wright Willie Harris

We left at the top of the 5th to head out to the Nassau Coliseum for the Penguins/Islanders game. I do not root for the Islanders. Nik, however, is a Penguins fan, and these two teams faced off in February in a game that was more of a boxing match. When I saw that they played again while we were in NY, we decided to go.

Self portrait of @nikbronder and I at Citi Field today

We had a Ticketmaster gift card to use, so we splurged and got seats in section 115, five rows behind the Penguins bench. You can read a full recap of the game here, but the most important thing to know is that the Pens won. We had a great seats for the game and even made an appearance on TV:

View from my seat

Trevor Gillies and Eric Tangradi Drop the Gloves

Zenon Konopka and Aaron Asham Drop the Gloves

Alex Kovalev's Shootout Attempt

Pens Celebrate the WinAlex Kovalev'

All in all, it was a good 48 hours for me in NY. There’s a slight chance I’ll get back to Citi Field in May. But if not, I’ll be seeing the Mets in Chicago in May and in Pittsburgh in June. Next up: Rockies/Cubs in Colorado. (I’m there for a wedding, so why not fit some baseball in and see a new stadium.)

*Full set of Mets pictures here
** Full set of Penguins pictures here

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