It started out well enough on Sunday. The skies were still cloudy, but it was warmer that it was for the home opener Friday. I got to the park earlier and had time to check out the new displays at the Mets Hall of Fame & Museum. (I’ll get back to that another day, but I have mixed feelings about it.) I even got an autograph from R.A. Dickey after the pitchers did their pre-game throwing and running.
The game got off to a good start, too. Chris Young baffled the Nationals hitters, limiting them to just one run on one hit over seven innings of work. The Mets gave him two runs to work with in the bottom of the first inning, and added another in the fifth. Young should have gotten his second win in as many starts.
I went to the Mets home opener yesterday, my first-ever Major League opening day. It started off well enough, though there were some hiccups along the way.
I had to hunt around for a store that still had the limited Opening Day pin, but I did find one on the Promenade level. I then had to hunt some more before I found an open ticket window so I could get a ticket for Sunday – I probably should have just waited to get one at the gate.
But that was all forgotten by the time the pre-game ceremonies started.
Filled with blind optimism fueled by a four-game sweep of the Pirates and a nice weekend weather forecast, I decided it would be fun to go to one more Mets game this weekend even though none of my friends would be around. I hopped on StubHub on Friday afternoon and found a good deal for Sunday’s game.
Well, we all know how Bobby Cox’s final visit to Queens went. At least the weather didn’t disappoint.
The Brooklyn Cyclones have had a phenomenal season, finishing with the best record in the New York Penn League – 51-24. They were 30-8 at home this season, and they’ll open the playoffs on Tuesday guaranteed home field advantage throughout.
Naturally, I didn’t go to a single Cyclones game until yesterday. They should probably thank me for spending so much time watching the Newark Bears and New York Mets. 🙂
Baseball season is winding down. So it was nice to spend an evening with my friend Bart watching the Newark Bears beat up on the York Revolution’s depleted pitching staff.
The Revolution actually took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, thanks in part to some poor defense by the Bears.
The Bears shelled York starter Jeremy Lewis in the second, running off seven consecutive hits and scoring six runs. According to the York game notes, the seven consecutive hits allowed were a team record.