Yesterday, I had the good fortune to go to the second of two exhibition games between the Red Sox and the Mets at Citi Field (thanks, Mike!). Though the regulars were all out of the lineup by the fourth inning, I don’t think anyone was really there to watch the game anyway – the real star was the stadium. My photo essay of 9 innings at Citi follows:
Approaching the stadium along the Whitestone Expressway. I can already tell it’s going to be an Amazin’ time:
Approaching from the parking lot! It looks a little better from this side.
I passed time waiting to meet my peeps by reading the fan bricks:
Now we’re talking: it’s game time!
But then, part way through the game, things took a turn for the worse. Yes: trash flurries. Wastepaper and plastic bags swirled through the air. (And no, it was not the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen.) Players became garbagemen. I saw David Ortiz, standing on third base, apparently shove some discarded napkins down the back of Alex Cora’s pants. But despite Papi’s efforts, the trash all seemed to blow towards left field anyway:
Update: Photos from my Touch Boutique expedition are now posted!