The moment word got out that New York Mets star pitcher Jake de Grom was likely to take a rehab start in our very own Syracuse Mets’ NBT Bank Stadium, my dear wife Karen said, yes, thank you, she would like to see that moment with her own eyes.
So I drove over on my Monday lunch break from the library and walked up to the stadium ticket window.
Only upper deck tickets were available already for the Thursday night game. Yes, please, I’ll take a pair. The polite clerk handed over two in section 315, row 10.
By the time I got home from work, the word came over that the game was sold out, 10,000-plus tickets worth.
I grabbed a take-out medium pizza from OIP on my way home from work last night. We ate sitting in our portable chairs after parking in the auxiliary lot, wanting to avoid the food lines on dollar Thursday night.
The upper deck seats were fine to take in de Grom’s four innings of work, 42 pitches in all, two hits allowed, one wild pitch that sailed over catching prospect Francisco Alvarez’s head as one run scored.
Best of all, Mr. de Grom appeared to be throwing free and easy. And when all was over, the Syracuse Mets had prevailed, 6-4.
Word is that our star will throw a simulated game during the all-star break and be back on the mound for the big Mets for the first time since July of 2021. Knock on wood.