Looks like my NYC trip could be a complete washout. It started raining this afternoon while I crawled around Shea Stadium getting some pictures, and it hasn't let up yet.
So I sat with about 10,000 fans waiting for about 90 minutes before the game was called. Damn. Santana was scheduled to pitch...
BUT -- and there's always a big but -- do I wish the stadium had a roof? Absolutely not! The whole thing was a blast. Fans chanting. Watching highlights of past World Series glories on the big screen, accompanied by cheers from the crowd as Buckner once again missed that easy roller.
There was lots of food (though not very good), I have a bunch of souvenirs, and I got to see just about every nook and cranny of the place. It even looks like I'll be getting a refund on the ticket price (though not the airfare or hotel, I imagine).
Here's my short review: The nicest thing I can say about Shea Stadium is that it will make a great parking lot for Citi Field. I empathize with the Mets fans, and have to admit that it's actually a worse stadium than the Metrodome, and not by a small amount.
Someone jokingly suggested that I should get a tetanus shot before attending, and now I understand why. One thing it definitely has in common with Met Stadium is rust. Everywhere. Sometimes painted, but usually not.
Dan Gladden says that the outfield also reminds him of Met Stadium, and I can agree with that. The scoreboard is in about the same place, with similar dimensions, and the bullpens are decidedly low-tech.
But this place is worse than the Met too. It's bad, bad, bad.
I got a ton of great photos, but have no way to upload them tonight. They'll come in a longer review when I get back.
As for Citi Field, here's my short review of the exterior: An interesting homage, but sort of schizophrenic. As you walk around, it loses its Ebbets-ness pretty quickly and devolves into an HOK cookie cutter (which reminded me more than anything of the non-HOK Miller Park).
Rain is in the forecast for tomorrow, so I suspect that I may return without having seen a single inning of baseball. But hopefully I'll have seen -- and documented -- four ballparks, so I'd have to consider the trip a success.
When the out-state folks start talking about roofs, I'll be able to empathize, but my opinion has not been changed. A roof comes at too high a price. Rain is no big deal. There's lots of fun to be had at the ballpark even in the rain. And you may even get to see a double-header the next day -- weather-permitting of course.
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"You talk about the magic, the aura, but what really makes a stadium is the fans. Concrete doesn't talk back to you. Chairs don't talk back to you. It's the people who are there, day in, day out, that makes the place magic."
– Bernie Williams
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Home Plate Box, Section 111, Row 8 or 9-ish (Click to enlarge greatly.)
Note that the sign in the background will NOT be changed because "Twins Way" doesn't extend this far north.
Beams connecting the plaza to the Target Center walkway
Looking across the plaza toward the main ticket area.
Look at all that blank space. Canvas! (What should go on those walls? A giant schedule perhaps?)
Lots of self-portraits were taken here after the final out.
Ballark Authority members listen to the LEED introduction
Loading dock -- already in use!
Gate 3 "Killebrew"
Storage tracks in the foreground.
This looks from the base of the stairs, behind the big pillars, toward the street.
The first completed mural
The Puckett Atrium
We'll be packed into the first five rows of section 136. Hey, Wilson! I'm bringing my glove!
Section 101, Row 34
Click to enlarge. (Photo by Jared Wieseler)
The tower is actually finished, though it looks like a work in progress.
Seventh Street windows
Then you turn around to this!
The Northstar station.
A closer look at the louvers
Note the speakers hanging beneath that deck
I think this promenade over the railroad tracks needs a name. How about the Halsey Hall Promenade? (Please do not throw cigar butts onto the tracks!)
Gate 6 is quite large
How many times did we water down our field as kids? More times than we played games, that's for sure!