200 Miles From the Citi

April 23, 2010 11:22 PM

Just Loving The Game


Sometimes it's just about the baseball.

Not rooting against your team because you want to see a change in management.

Not thinking about what's wrong with your team - spending more time thinking about what's right about your team.

Friday night at Citi Field was just about the baseball for me.

2010 is not going to be an easy year for the Mets.  I have a feeling for every feel-good win the caliber of Friday night's win against the Braves, there will be two or so downers.

But being in attendance for the feel-good win helps soften the blow of the disappointments, when you're reminded of how enjoyable a live baseball game can be in the company of good friends.

It was also a reminder that you never know what you'll see at the ballpark.  I was so hoping I'd be there for David Wright's team record 226th double (he tied Ed Kranepool's career mark Thursday night), but Wright only had a single.  Instead, we saw Ike Davis's first career home run (that's Ike rounding second on said homer at left)....and, to a lesser degree of excitement, Hisanori Takahashi's first Major League hit, and win.

I'll have more on this next week, but I really, really enjoyed soaking in the Citi Field atmosphere Friday night.  More than I did last year.  (Maybe because this time it wasn't ALL new - there was less 'new' to absorb)  At Shea Stadium, it was only about seeing the game.  With Citi Field, there's more of an 'experiencing' the game feel.  There's just more to do and see.  And again, more details to come next week, but I love the Mets Hall of Fame.

The Mets' win over the Braves was nice.  It makes me think this season might not be a total lost cause.

But the fun Friday night at the ballpark was better.

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