I’m not sure when Nik and I decided to go to Cincinnati to see a Mets/Reds game for our mini honeymoon trip, but I’m glad we did. I got to see an old friend, make some new friends and got to see a Mets game from a stadium I hadn’t been to before.
Nik and I arrived Sunday night after driving for about six hours. We had been listening to Sunday’s game on my phone in the car so after arriving in town we went out to watch the game. As soon as we sat in front of a TV, the wheels fell off of Johan Sanata and the Mets ended up losing to the Phillies. We were hoping Monday would be a better game.
And for the most part it was. Oliver Perez promptly gave up a homerun in the first inning, but the Mets got the run back in the next inning and he did ok for most of the way after that. It’d be a close game all night until the Laynce Nix solo shot in the 11th. Game over, 3-2 Reds.
Pre-game Nik and I met up with a few Twitter friends: Elise and Dylan at the Machine Room Grille inside the stadium. My friend Chris from work also got into town for the games so he joined us as well. Dylan caught a batting practice ball and gave it to me which I then used to get autopgraphed by Angel Pagan and Rod Barajas during batting practice. (Both guys signed for ever!) We had pretty sweet seats in dugout section 115, about four rows back from the Mets dugout on the third base side – perfect for David Wright viewing. We also met Twitter friends Kim and Aaron down there as well.
Post-game we ventured to the Inbetween Tavern for a beer before ending the night at O’Malley’s in the Alley. While Great American Ballpark was a nice stadium (with good garlic fries and amazing funnel cake fries), the city around it was kind of boring. (No offense to the residents there!) But, after the game, the city was just dead. I know it was a Monday, but it was slim pickings for bars and we didn’t want to have to go across the river.
All in all, it was a great trip and a great way to end our wedding weekend. The full set of pictures from this trip is here on Flickr.