The first time my dear wife Karen and I caught a game at Citi Field, they won behind a one-hitter by R.A. Dickey, the day after Johann Santana pitched the first and still only no-hitter in our beloved New York Mets’ history.
But that was on a tour bus trip from Syracuse just a little more than a month after MDW had surgery to repair her broken kneecap and torn ligaments. She had the outside seat on the left side of the bus to best extend her leg. The Mets folks sent a golf cart to the bus to shuttle us to the stadium gate. We took an elevator up to our seats with the rest of the bus patrons up in the Pepsi Porch in right field.
We did our best to make our way to nearby concession stands, thoroughly enjoyed the game, and walked our way carefully back to they bus. Which wouldn’t start for two hours, by the way, giving us plenty of time to squat on a little square of grass in the parking and listen to our strandees talk about the cool sights they’d taken in around Citi Field.
We vowed to see them all next time.
Which was Saturday. Three years, three weeks, five days later.
Yes, we did.
That day in 2013, we’d heard how one of the Central New York couples on our bus had gotten engaged on the Shea Bridge. So we took time when we were a little antsy from sitting in the rain — top of the fifth inning, to be exact — to go down two levels from our promenade seating and find the Shea Bridge.
It was behind center field. Named to keep the Shea Stadium tradition alive, I think the span is a very good idea for generations of Mets fans to come.
The walk around the outfield was interesting, snaking underneath bleachers above …
… and also encountering a huge open-air plaza with a scoreboard that included a video screen showing the game.
I suppose on a sunny day thousands of folks could gather there to eat, drink and be Mets fans.
Earlier this week, I covered how much we enjoyed our first stops, the Rotunda and having our photo taken at the big 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson, and the World Series trophies from 1969 and 1986 and much more in the Mets Museum.
Tomorrow: Mets Trip Miscellany