The 2012 All Star Game is behind us.
Citi Field is on the clock for the next round of All Star Game festivities.
On Monday we addressed how the Home Run Derby might look at Citi Field.
Maybe you're thinking about heading out to Citi Field next year for the game.
Maybe you're thinking about stopping by this year to scout out the ballpark for a trip next year.
Maybe you're just wondering if Citi Field is worth a trip, unrelated to the All Star Game.
You should. You should. And it is.
Monday, in terms of the Home Run Derby, we addressed the spots in fair territory at Citi Field. Over the next couple of days we'll take a look at the overall experience at the park.
I've not had a bad time at Citi Field yet. I've sat in the upper level (the Promenade, it's called), I've sat in the lower level. I've sat in the Pepsi Porch, and I've walked around the ballpark every time I've been there. I've yet to find a bad spot from which you can watch the game.
I love this ballpark. It's so picturesque. It's just an amazing backdrop on which to watch baseball being played.
I'll mention this in the next post, too, when I write about the Mets Hall of Fame and Museum, but to be honest, it can all be a little overwhelming. One piece of advice I have about Citi Field is to take it in little by little. Sometimes when I walk around the park trying to take everything in, I take away nothing. I try to focus on too many things and I end up not focusing well enough on anything. The first few times I was taking in everything new - it was a new park, after all. But since then the Mets have been tweaking and fine-tuning the park, and there's always been something new to see - the park is still in its infancy, and I like that I get to see it develop in different ways.
Citi Field is in its fourth season and I don't proclaim to be an expert on it - by the end of this season it will have hosted more than 300 Mets games, and I don't think I've been there more than 10 times. I'd love to tell you that each time I go I focus on something else that I didn't appreciate before...but that's not the way it works for me. I walk in the building and feel the need to race around and 'check up on things'..but what it is that I'm 'checking up on' I'm not really sure.
The beautiful thing is - I don't care. I just love being there. It's already been through a range of fan emotions - hosting a poor team (I've never seen lower energy than the year the park opened...heck, even the day the park opened), and now hosting an exciting team. It's already been the site of a Mets no-hitter, which Shea Stadium never was. That night, and other nights like it, where the Mets beat the Phillies on a walkoff hit, for example, have provided one thrill of Citi Field that I haven't yet experienced - an excited, energized crowd.
I imagine that's what it would be like at something like an All Star Game...or, possibly even before that takes place next year, a few post-season games this year.
I sure wouldn't mind the overwhelming feeling I'd be sure to get during those visits to Citi Field.