Earlier this week I wrote about how on occasion all the time spent following baseball and traveling to games is worth the investment. Tonight I am here to say next time you think about taking a day off of work to travel 13 hours round trip to watch a game… stay home and catch it on MLB Extra Innings or your local regional sports network. On Thursday I traveled to New York via car, New Jersey Transit and Long Island Railroad to watch the final game of a three game series between the Mets and Diamondbacks.
Read this knowing you scored as many runs and had as many extra base hits as the Mets did that day.
Despite losing the first two games of the series to the last place Diamondbacks and fighting for a Wild Card spot the Mets had an epic stinker, mustering only 5 singles in the 9-0 defeat. The Diamondbacks were led by catcher Tuffy Gosewich, 2-5 2 R 3B HR 2 RBI and Braden Shipley 7 IP 3 H 7 K. As if being swept by a last place team at home wasn’t bad enough, during the 3 game series the Diamondbacks stole 13 bases.
The lack of Mets offense and impending doom of dropping to .500 after winning the 2015 National League pennant permeated throughout Citi Field sending many of the 39,271 in attendance to the exits. The silver lining of a 9-0 blowout is when you travel 4 hours to get to the ballpark you don’t leave early. Remember Ballpark Nerd Rule #1: Never Leave a Game Early! Fans leaving early provide upgrade opportunities for those like myself who stick it out to the end. So after 33 games at Citi Field I can say I’ve sat in the Coke Corner (formerly Pepsi Porch). These seats hang over right field and provide a unique perspective of the game. I am not usually a proponent of sitting in the outfield, however once in a while it good to switch things up. Make the most of every trip out to the ballpark, even if you team doesn’t show up that day. There’s always a chance you’ll experience something for the first time.