|From Mets 08|
The New York Mets. This was a pretty nice day too. I hit the Mets up my very first day in New York City. I literally got off the plane that morning, went to check-in at the hostel, took a short nap because I flew all night and headed out to Shea Stadium.
First things first. This is the last season in Shea Stadium (and if the Mets don’t pick it up, their last game there if fast approaching). I know everyone things of the Mets as “that other New York team,” but you shouldn’t. I won’t get into the history of the Mets right here and now, maybe another time, but you should really read up on the Mets history. Maybe you can start here. Back to the point at hand. The Mets will be moving into a new stadium next season as well. CitiField to be exact. In the photo above, if you look and see that stadium looking building behind the field…that indeed is the new stadium and probably why it looks like one.
Second thing. Shea Stadium is kinda a dump. Not like Oakland dump, but come on, are cup holders for the cheap seats too much to ask? They need a new stadium.
Third thing. They mostly take care of their field from what I could tell. I wasn’t super impressed but I didn’t notice any of the above mentioned pet peeves.
Last thing. I know I will probably get hate mail for this (at least from Jeff) but the Mets have the most involved fans of the games I’ve been to this season. I’m not saying they have the best fans. I’m not saying overall they are the most involved in the game. I’m simply saying, of the games I’ve been to this season, the Mets fans were the best. They were into the game. They cheered for their players. They chanted songs about players. Jose, Jose, Jose, Jose, Joseeeeee, Joseeeeee. They booed Elijah Dukes of the Nationals for being himself. They stayed til the end of of the really long game. They got there early. They played games outside the stadium and gave away t-shirts. And they were just plain nice people.
Overall, I really liked my Shea experience. The food was good too. I ate a lot of food there because I was starving. Pizza. Hotdog. Cotton Candy. Other stuff I’m forgetting.