I went to Mets Opening Day on Monday at Citi Field. I had a great time, so let us get right to it.
My father and I arrived at the Jackie Robinson Rotunda gate at around 10 AM. We were right at the front of the line and that was a good thing. I also was armed with a new yellow t-shirt.
That is correct. I got the Happy Youngster
t-shirt. It is a long story, and a special thanks to the Happy Youngster himself for the shirt. (The link above goes to his blog.) As soon as the gates opened at 10:30, I was off and running into the stadium. I chose to take the stairs rather than the escalator, and even though I tripped like 5 times wile running up the stairs, it was a good idea.
I was running in the concourse down the third base line and I saw a security guard standing on the field holding a ball, I sprinted down the steps and asked him for the ball, and he tossed it straight into my glove, and within 2 minutes of me running into the stadium, BALL #1 was in the books. It was also a Citi Field commemorative ball from last season. Ball #1 is shown below.
It was the first ball given to a fan during the 2010 regular season at Citi Field and the first Citi Field commemorative ball that I have ever snagged. On my mygameballs.com page
, I counted it as a found ball because I found the security guard holding the ball. Literally a minute after I got this ball the person standing next to me noticed Nate Robertson
of the Marlins was walking back to the dugout, and we asked Nate to sign, and he said sure. I got him to sign a separate ball that I had brought to get signed. He even signed it on the sweet spot. Thanks Nate!
Then I settled down in a good spot in the front row right behind where the Marlins started playing catch, but first during the end of Mets batting practice, Luis Castillo, hit a hard foul ball down the line bounced foul on the field then went into the stands and hit me in the thigh. I said, “Ouch.” as I bent down and picked up BALL #2, also a Citi Field commemorative ball. Here is that ball:
You could say I was a little happy.
During this time, I got so unlucky that I don’t even want to share the details on the blog. My bad luck changed when Anibal Sanchez threw me BALL #3
. It was pretty much brand new, except for a small green mark on the sweet spot. After he threw me the ball, Jose Veras
, a reliever on the Marlins, started signing, and I got him to sign the ball Sanchez just gave me.
Here is a picture of him signing:
If you can see me, I am in the teal Marlins hat. Here is ball #3, which was signed by Veras.
Then, after with a quick photo with the 3 balls, we were off to the seats for the game.
The game went great. The Mets won 7-1 behind David Wright’s 2 run homer and Johan’s solid outing.
See you next time from Citi Field
Thanks for reading- Howie