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CITI FIELD

Citi Field, Flushing New York

TEAM ::: NEW YORK METS
LOCATION ::: FLUSHING, NEW YORK
MY FIRST GAME ::: MAY 9, 2009
OPPONENT ::: PITTSBURGH PIRATES
MLB STADIUM RANK :::  21 of 40

Mr Met - The NY Mets mascot - Citi Field

RATINGS
 
BALLFIELD ::: A+
SCOREBOARD ::: A
FOOD ::: B
FACILITIES ::: B+
MASCOT ::: B

A view of the field - Citi Field, Flushing

MY TAKE ON THE PARK

Running with the pitch - Citi Field

Shea Stadium was the first ballpark I ever visited so when I went to its replacement I went with a heavy heart. I had heard all of the complaining and wondered how bad could this place be. Shea was more of a sentimental favorite than a great ballpark. What I found was a new ballpark that will probably be better next year.

The stands on the first base side - Citi Field

The changes begin when you arrive. The parking lot attendant smiles and welcome you to Citi field. The Mets have never had employees who smile. $18 puts you in the lot under the Subway, public transportation is definitely the way to go to Citi Field.

Citi Field Exterior - flushing, NY

The exterior of the park is supposed to be Ebbets Field like, a reference made again once inside, but since I've only seen pictures of Ebbets Field, I will have to say OK and say I like the brick exterior. Outside there are black and white photos of the Mets through the years, the black and white I thought was a nice touch.

From the Pepsi Porch in LF - Citi Field

Upon entering, you scan your own ticket, get this, someone is there to welcome you to the park.  Entering through the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, a full dedication to the history of Jackie Robinson. To the complainers, get on the escalator and go inside. I found my stay in the rotunda so quick I didn't find time to complain. If the Mets want to do something about this, take a ride to Pittsburgh and see how the Pirates do the Rotunda.

Citi Field - From the Third base side

My first unfixable complaint is the top of the escalator. You are greeted by a brick wall. I didn't know if I should look for another escalator or if I was at field level, I was at field level. Entering the concourse is reminiscent of Shea, a dark cavernous area.

some things haven't changed

Looking towards home  - Citi Field

Take the concourse down first or third and all complaints must end. A view of the field, typical prefect Mets field, you can never complain at how the Mets handle the game or the playing field, always one of the best in the game.  The infield concourse is spacious and complete with concessions. I will say that walking around I felt like I was in a Flintstones cartoon. Nathan's, Italian Sausage, Carvel, Beer .. Nathan's, Italian Sausage, Carvel, Beer .. repeat.

Home run at Citi Field

The outfield has an Atlanta like food court, this is section seemed kind of rushed and one where the "flow" problems are in the park. Also, a section I believe can be fixed. In the outfield food court there are various stands and a children's area. All well done except right in the middle of this there is a Beers of NY stand. Lots of problems with this stand, mainly the selection. When Mr.Met comes out to take a picture with fans, the line intersects two other lines creating Grid lock all over the area.

From the porch - The Apple is here!!

 In Right Field is the Pepsi Porch, a place I wanted to see. Can't get there from the field level and if you are in any other section of the park, you will need a ticket to get there. The only way to get there is to walk to right field in the lower or upper deck and take an escalator or walk down stairs to this section. There you will find your own concessionaire and a seat which hangs over the field. Could be a very popular seat at the park.

Shea's home Plate

The scoreboard takes a hit because I always thought the Shea RF Board was the best by far in all of baseball, and the big Bud cup, sign, logo never bothered me. the line ups were up the whole game as numbers and position. Never taken down. Here, the line ups are up but they do come down. Two video boards doing much the same thing throughout the game.

Shea's Pitching rubber

They replaced my first ballpark and did a pretty good job. It may be too early to rate the new place that high, but I believe there is potential. Here, they didn't kick us out after the game and they at least allowed us into the lower sections of the outfield without a lower level ticket.  If you like sausage you will never go hungry, other stuff is in the specialty areas.

Excellent job on the Condiment table

Exchanging the Line up cards at Citi Field

Welcome to Citi Field - Flushing, NY

THE LINE UPS
 
Pittsburgh Pirates Manager :::
7 John Russell
 
New York Mets Manager :::
53 Jerry Manuel

PITTSBURGH PIRATES
 
3 Nyjer Morgan lf
12 Freddy Sanchez 2b
13 Nate McLouth cf
25 Adam LaRoche 1b
44 Brandon Moss rf
15 Andy Laroche 3b
5 Ramn Vazquez ss
35 Jason Jaramillo c
28 Paul Maholm p / LP

The top of the old scoreboard

NEW YORK METS
 
7 Jose Reyes ss
1 Luis Castillo 2b
15 Carlos Beltran cf
21 Carlos Delgado 1b
5 David Wright 3b
10 Gary Sheffield rf
17 Fernando Tatis lf
11 Ramon Castro c
33 John Maine p / WP

Jose Reyes - Citi Field

Citi Field's scoreboards

PIRATES   000   010   000   1   5   0
  METS    100   510   12x   10  17  0

TIME ::: 2:39
ATTENDANCE ::: 39,769
WEATHER :::70 HUMID OVER CAST

Leaving citi field

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