I was at the Met game last night vs the Washington Nationals. Some thoughts:
1) It was Mexican Heritage Night/ Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Night/ NY Lotto Night. There were 4 ceremonial first pitches. There was a Mexican R & B band who did a 2 song set, complete with back-up dancers. The Pepsi Party Patrol came out 3 times during the game. People did the wave during a tie game with the Mets at bat. The entire night had a very minor-league vibe to it.
2) There were about 20,000 people there, tops. Now I know the weather was bad earlier in the day, and it was a Tuesday, and it was the Nationals…. but a) if you are a team in a pennant race and b) if your stadium is closing in 12 games, where the hell are the fans?
3) I didn’t think it was possible, but the beers at Shea suck worse than the beers at Yankee Stadium. $8.50 for a 16 oz?? At least in the Bronx you get a 24 oz for that much, and a huge Fosters for $9.50.
4) Citi Field looks sweet. I look forward to seeing a game there.
5) The Mets bullpen is going to be a big problem for them in the playoffs. I could not believe some of the guys being trotted out to serve up runs to a terrible Nationals team. Luis Ayala is not the answer at closer.
6) He runs like a glacier (seriously, pick em up and put em down), and is still not an MVP, but Delgado is in a serious hitting zone right now. His HR looked like some of his old school shots.
7) For one night at least, Damion Easley looked like a great fielder, grabbing several hard-hit balls which were headed out to right field. Jose Reyes looked a step slow, as several singles ran past him on his right side.
8) The Nationals feature 2 former Mets (Anderson Hernandez and Milledge) and 3 former Yankees (Alberto Gonzalez, Wil Nieves, and the immortal Aaron Boone). Their best player seems to be either Willie Harris or Ryan Zimmerman. Elijah Dukes could be good. The bullpen looked like it belonged in the minor league game this contest felt like. Who are these guys? I can name one or two relievers from almost every team in baseball, but I had no idea with the Nats.
9) I think “God Bless America” is a more appropriate 7th inning complement to “Take me out to the Ballgame” than “Che la Luna”.
10) The Nats manager should not have turned Beltran around to the right side. Seems like he has more power that way.
11) The natives are growing restless with David Wright. I was surprised at the treatment he got from the crowd.
12) I am not sure I would ever feel confident with Oliver Perez. He is Dr. Jeckyl and Mrs. Hyde. I have seen him throw an 8 inning 10+ K game and look dominant, then I see him last night.
For what was likely my final visit to Shea, it will certainly go down as an interesting one. Very un-AL, but I suppose some of that should be chalked up to weather, and opponent.