Well Met's Fans, Citi Field opened for business today when the St. John's Red Storm took on the Georgetown Hoyas. I was one of the many who were able to go to Citi Field for this historic game. As I'm sure many of you can guess, I took many pictures and chose some to give everyone a taste of Citi Field. Please understand, I took these pictures so they aren't the greatest ever so don't shoot me for unperfect pictures. Enjoy!!!
Yes! the all important Citi Field Logo is on the front of the Stadium.
Since the Jackie Robinson Rotunda did not open until two hours before the game, I took a picture of the No.42 from the outside.
Luckily, the front of the rotunda is only gated so I was able to shoot from between the bars.
The entrance to the Left Field Gate. This gate opens two and half hours before each game.
The Met's pay homage to the Greats in front of the Left Field Gate.
This particular section features Mike Piazza, John Franco, and Carlos Beltran
This is the brick describing the Citi Field Fanwalk and why it was done.
When you walk through the Left Field Gate and go up the escalator, you emerge yourself in this beautiful site.
This is the scoreboard that will show team lineups and statistics.
Notice the empty space where more advertisements should go... Economic Recession???
This is the major scoreboard which shows the play-by-play and the scoring line.
Yes you can see the top of the new Apple. Unfortunately, we did not get to see it pop-up during the game, but its there.
A beautiful shot of the scoreboard from behind the third base dugout.
This is the St. John's Manager before the game.
He didn't look despite numerous attempts at calling him.
The proud welcome strip.
The seats behind home plate along with handicapped seating.
Cushioned chairs are behind the plate as well.
Former Met Closer (and St. John's Alum) John Franco and St. John's Manager during the pregame.
The Upper Portion of the Main Scoreboard shows the Citi Field Logo and the ever popular, "Lets Go Mets."
A yet unfilled Pepsi porch.
The Point of this picture was to read the quote by Jackie Robinson:
"A Life is Not Important Except In The Impact It Has On Other Lives."
I know it's hard to see but I assure you it's there.
The Tarp is finally taken off to reveal for the first time the infield of Citi Field.
The Head Umpire speaking with a St. John's employee before the game.
Yes that is Jeff Wilpon, standing right there. We tried to get him over to talk, but he had other things to do.
Two of the three bases to be used in this historic game.
The Main Scoreboard suffered a malfunction during the fourth inning of the game; however, the out of town scoreboard works fine!
I tried getting both sides in one picture, but then you wouldn't be able to read everything.
Remember, I'm not a professional photographer!
Well there it is, the part of the scoreboard that will soon show the Mets and their opponents.
Hear is a picture of the Georgetown Hoyas second baseman.
Now since I'm sure you are all confused as to why I have a picture of him, this was right after he committed the first ever error at Citi Field. He botched a potential ground ball double play in the third inning.
This error led to 3 St. John's runs in the inning.
Here is Georgtown Hoya Third Baseman, Sean Lamont, rounding third after his home run in the bottom of the third.
Although the NCAA uses aluminum bats, Lamont gave the ball a ride, depositing the ball in the 8th row of the left field seats.
Well, St. John's lost the game 6-4. Here is the scoreboard seconds after the final out was recorded.
I hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as I had taking them. Citi Field is an amazing ballpark which truly is fan friendly.
The Retired Numbers and the Met's Pennent Flags were not up yet, as well as the outfield distance markers. Hopefully they will be up for the first exhibition game this Friday against the Red Sox and if so I will take pictures of them.
I also have video of the first pitch as well as a few swings from the third baseman Lamont. If anyone would like to see them, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know.
Again, I hope you all enjoyed the pictures!