I spent too much time running around this weekend, but I did get to go to a couple of baseball games. It was nice to see Johan Santana earn his first victory of the season on Saturday. (Less so to see the Trenton Thunder take 11 innings and 3 hours and 39 minutes to defeat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Sunday.)
I may eventually share some photos from the games when I have time to move them from my camera to my computer.
Assuming Tejada’s injury doesn’t force a change in plans, you’ll be able to meet the Mets shortstop at Dugout Pub South in Staten Island on Thursday, May 31st, from 7-9 p.m. Autographs are $25 and VIP tickets are $50.
(And if you’re still looking for a relic from Shea Stadium, check out SheaStadiumMemorabilia.com to see what Kevin still has available. He will also be at the May 31st event if you want to do your shopping in person.)
You can find a lot of cool stuff on Flickr. I tend to come across the most interesting things by accident. Over the weekend, I was looking for a photo of Mike Piazza in a Mets uniform, and I stumbled onslgckgc‘s photoset from Beanie Babies Day at Shea Stadium in 1999.
Comparing yearly attendance figures from Citi Field and Shea Stadium doesn’t tell us much — other than the fact that fewer total people bought tickets in 2011 than in 2005 — because the tickets fans bought in 2011 cost way, way more on average than the tickets fans bought in 2005. And as fans, we’re not really concerned with total attendance. We’re concerned with how much money our team can spend.
The declining attendance figures, on their own, are alarming. But once they’re adjusted for the smaller park and ticket prices, they become somewhat less alarming. The Mets’ attendance numbers are bad, but maybe not as bad as they initially look.