Heading into the 2017 season the New York Mets were looking for their third consecutive playoff appearance. Their season peaked early, April 13th in fact, at 4 games above .500. The season unraveled from there as injuries piled up to both their lineup and starting rotation. The Mets ended April six and a half games behind the Washington Nationals after allowing 23 runs to their Eastern division rival on April 30th. They ended the 2017 season with a 70-92 record however despite the disappointing season there is no place I would rather be during the baseball season than Citi Field. [Read more…]
Granted being a Mets fan might have influenced the Top-5 ranking. Citi Field is a mix of former New York ballparks, Ebbets Field and the Polo Grounds. The Jackie Robinson Rotunda welcomes fans who enter the Home Plate gate and provides a history lesson on one of the most influential individuals of the 20th century. The Mets also pay homage to their previous ballpark, Shea Stadium, with the Home Run Apple and foul poles. Citi Field concessions represent the diversity of New York…there’s something for everyone.
For all the issues the NYC Subway system has it remains one of the most convenient and affordable travel options throughout four of the five boroughs. It’s been my primary mode of transportation to Mets games since I was a high school sophomore. Taking the subway has led to some late nights coming back from Queens. There is nothing quite like arriving at home around 2 am after a Mets playoff game when your alarm clock set for 7 am so you can jump back on the subway to work. With these late nights and the age of my travel companion in mind I decided to drive Griffin to the second game of the Mets Rockies post All Star break series. [Read more…]
It’s been almost 18 years since I was a Freshman at Fordham University in the Bronx. It was during the Yankees dynasty, that I chose to pledge my allegiance to the crosstown Mets. Fortunately Fordham was full of Met fans despite being a few stops on the D Train away from Yankee Stadium. One of those fans, Paul Nigido, was also one of my Resident Assistants helping poor little freshman like myself navigate college life. [Read more…]
I’ve always been interested in numbers. It’s why I became a Financial Analyst and enjoy balancing my checkbook. I love baseball because it’s rich in statistics, whether it’s ERA, xFIP, OPS+ or WAR the game is a treasure trove for fans like myself who continue to learn more about the game each day. [Read more…]
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 more…]