My Weekend at Wrigley Field for Mets/Cubs

September 6, 2010

No matter how good or bad the Mets might be playing, I always look forward to their games against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. It’s the one time of year that I don’t have to travel out of town to see them play.

Mets vs Cubs!

This year is a little different in that both teams are playing well below of what was expected of them. None-the-less, that did not stop me from enjoying a weekend at Wrigley. Let’s recap:

Friday
I stopped at Merkle’s for a few pre-game drinks and then made my way to my seats in section 420 where I met up with Nik. Section 420 was in the upper deck box seats area and are some of the best seats I have ever sat in. There is not one obstructed view, unlike many other sections at Wrigley Field. I’m going to try and make it my point to sit in this area for future games, especially games against the Mets where I actually care where I sit.

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R.A. Dickey

DSC_0138.JPG Lucas Duda's 1st MLB hit - a double

DSC_0164.JPG Mike Nickeas fits pump

It was a great day for baseball – the sun was out, but it was not too hot. There was a nice breeze, yet, not too cold. The Mets got off to a good start but ended up losing the game 7-6. Lucas Duda got his first major league hit – a double. And it was nice to see David Wright have a pretty good game offensively, including a home run in the 7th inning.

*Full set of Friday pictures is here

Saturday
I wasn’t supposed to be going to the Saturday game, but a friend had an extra ticket and asked if I wanted to go despite the fact that I would have to leave the game a little early to head to work.

My View

Mike Nickeas at bat

I was in section 140 for this game and it was another fabulous day of good weather. Mets hottie to know Mike Nickeas made his first major league start at catcher. The game wasn’t anything spectacular, but it was another game where the Mets couldn’t get much run support for the pitchers, ultimately losing 5-3. On another note, Kevin Burkhardt made an appearance in our section for an SNY report. (Editor’s note: Pictures are slim for this game because my vantage point wasn’t the best for the ole point and shoot camera.)

*Full set of Saturday pictures is here

Sunday
The final game of the three game series was another day of great weather. Nik and I were in section 219 for the game. Thankfully we had a few empty seats next to us so we could avoid being blocked by a dreaded Wrigley Field pillar.

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Jon Niese

I think it’s safe to say the game got off to a slow start, but then the Mets came alive in the 5th inning scoring 5 runs. They put up 5 more in the 8th and 9th innings for a 18-5 final score. I don’t care that game doesn’t matter so much for post-season play – it was great to finally see a Mets win!

Scoring some runs! Manny Acosta

Mets win

Duncan Keith (from the 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks) threw out the ceremonial first pitch at this game. Duncs and teammate Dave Bolland sang the 7th Inning Stretch:

Duncan Keith First Pitch

Duncan Keith and Dave Bolland sing the Stretch

*Full set of Sunday pictures is here
**Or you can go straight to a Duncan Keith set here

Other notes
1. Click on amy image in this post to view a larger version.

2. I really like this picture below, taken on Sunday. Look at those names! At least 5 of those guys should probably be in Buffalo:

Just look at those last names.

3. Matt Cerrone and Ted Berg from MetsBlog.com were in town for the weekend. I saw them briefly before the games on Friday and Saturday. Matt even asked me a few questions about being a Mets fan living in Chicago. The video clip may or may not make it in to an episode of Mets Weekly.

4. As I did once last year, I decided to hang out by the exit of Wrigley Field to see the Mets exit and board their bus on Sunday. It was a little packed, so I was about 4 people back from the railing. Most people were seeking autographs, I just wanted photos because the guys all look good dressed up. Only Keith Hernandez, Angel Pagan and Omar Minaya took time to sign for people.

Because I am short, I stood on my toes and held the camera in the air and took my chances on any and all pictures. Here are some of them:

Keith Hernandez

Oliver Perez

Josh Thole being all shy

Jon Niese

Ike Davis

Angel Pagan

Omar Signing Autographs

Jerry Manuel

*The rest of these are part of the Sunday set of pictures

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