Saturday, April 4, 2009
Metsfan73 & Long Island Met Fan Visit Gil Hodges Memorial Park
Today Long Island Met Fan and I had the pleasure in visiting the new home of the Mets, Gil Hodges Memorial Park. For me it was my first time. For Long Island Met Fan, he is an old hand at the new ballpark...he's been there twice.
We had a great time taking in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, the concourses, visiting the "old Home Run Apple", and much more.
Although the game was decided by the bottom of the first, OP stunk up the joint, we spent about 30 minutes in our seats, and that wasn't until the fifth inning. We spent our entire time roaming around the this beautiful new ball park.
Having had the pleasure of going to the 2006 Home Run Derby and All Star Game in Pittsburgh (PNC Park), GHMP reminds me very much of PNC. It is an intimate ball park, where we, as fans, are much closer to the action. As of now, my lone complaint is of the sight lines down both the left field and right field lines. You cannot see the ball if seated in sections 400 and 500,
Tomorrow I will be taking the Metsfan73 family to the Team Workout, before the leave for Cincinnati to start the 2009 season.
I will look to post the pictures I took today and tomorrow sometime tomorrow.
This is a beautiful ballpark where fans are much closer to the action. Another amenity I observed was the stadium attendants were much friendlier than at Shea. At Shea, you couldn't move two inches from your seat without provoking the wrath of a salty 'ol attendant. At GHMP, you may roam freely, observing the stadium from many different angles.
After the wounds have healed from selling my right kidney to attend today's and April 17th's game, I will try and find more organs to sell to get to more games this year.
If you are in a position to obtain tickets, we here at 24 Hours... recommend a day at this park. My biggest concerns, other than the sight lines, is that people will look at the Mets playing as secondary to all that there is to do at the park. We must remember, we attend to see our team.
Tune in tomorrow, when I hope to have a nice display of the pictures taken.