I got to Citi Field early Tuesday, and as I went to pick up my ticket, I was disappointed to see this:
WTF, Mets? Instead of getting on line, I had to wait here:
and after what seemed like an hour, I finally got my ticket, and got in line. What was encouraging was that there were no other ballhawks in sight. The competition might not be so bad tonight. After running out to left field, the action was kind of…well… dead. After about 15 minutes though, I got reliever Scott Rice to toss me ball #1 on the day:
See #62? That’s Jose Quintana, and he threw me my 2nd ball of the day. I rounded the bend and hit left field, but the players weren’t throwing anything up much, and the hitters were doing a lot of bunting and slap hitting drills:
That was my 3rd ball of the day, and my 1st Easter egg. It was weird finding it this late into BP (The Sox took away the cages early and were practicing infield drills). Then, I noticed this on the scoreboard (even though I knew this beforehand): Pretty cool. I killed some time on my phone until the players came out for pregame tossing: … and was pretty much uncontested and got Jeff Keppinger to toss me ball #4 on the night. Here was my “seat” for the night:
Matt Harvey was pitching, but to be honest, I was wiped out. I’ve been really tired from grad school finals week, plus I had to pick my grandma up in the Bronx. So, for the 1st time in a very long time, I left a game early. I knew I’d regret it, too. Harvey went 9 innings, and struck out twelve while only giving up one hit. I should’ve stayed. I stayed for one inning to try and get a gamer, which I was also uncontested, so I know that if I stayed all night I would’ve gotten one. Oh well. I’ll be back there Sunday vs. Pittsburgh.I took one last photo outside with my haul for the night:
And then I grabbed some delicious Bronx pizza, my grandma, and then I headed home.
- 4 balls at this game
- 10 balls this season
- 91 career balls
- 20 straight MLB games with a ball
I also blacklighted these balls, and only one had a stamp that was visible. The other 3 were decently worn. Check it out:
I’ll be at Citi Sunday. Are you going? Let me know, come say hi to me.