The First Official Major League Baseball Game at Citi Field: NY Mets vs. Boston Red Sox
So as promised, I took pictures of the first exhibition game from Friday Apr. 3 when the Mets took on the Red Sox at Citi Field.
The game had many firsts, including the first rain delay in Citi Field history, but was a most enjoyable to all Mets fans who saw the 4-3 win.
While trying to decide which pictures to share with everyone, I ran into a lot of trouble, since I had taken about 300 pictures.
However I have narrowed it down to about 30 pictures to share to give everyone a taste of Citi Field, and the 2009 New York Mets and Boston Red Sox!
The View From the LIRR
For those of you that take the train to the game, here is the view when you get up the stairs and onto the boardwalk approaching the stadium.
The Outside Stadium Banners are Finally Up
Along the left side of the stadium, the Mets have finally put up the banners following Mets history. I choose this picture featuring Jose Reyes and Johan Santana, however the banners also include Yogi Berra, Keith Hernandez, Jesse Orosco, and more!
The days of waiting for a person to scan your ticket, the blame for long lines to get into the stadium has been placed on you. Yes, you. Scan your own tickets at the gate to get inside.
Ugh! What a Dump
Yeah well last September that pile of garbage was Shea Stadium. That is all that remains from Shea. It is all expected to be removed and paved in time for the home opener against the Padres.
The Number's Are Finally In!!!!!!!!
The retired numbers have been put on the top half of the left field wall. Casey, Gil, Tom, Jackie and Shea.
The Shake Shack is one of the many concession stands in Citi Field and is located in center field.
The View from Center Ain't Too Bad
If you visit the center field area, you can still see the playing field, this view to be exact.
The Right Field Bridge
A view of the bridge in right center field connecting the center field concession stands and play areas with the right field seats.
The Original Apple
There it is, the Home Run Apple. The Original Home Run Apple from Shea Stadium. It is a little hard to get to if your not looking for it though. If you enter from the bullpen gate, it's right in front of you, otherwise, you have to look down from the bridge to see it.
The view from right field.
He's Just One of the Guy's Now
There is your new setup man Met's fans. Putz is warming up before the game along with the rest of the pitching staff (he would enter the game in the eighth inning).
The New Apple
Although it does not say it anymore, that is the new Home Run Apple from the perspective of the third base side of the field.
Here is the restaurant in left field. Although I did not go into it yesterday, it is supposed to be very nice inside, with that great view of the field!
The Field Uncovered
The first time the field is uncovered before the game.
A Red Sock? Yeah they were there.
Red Sox Second Baseman Dustin Pedroia warms up during the pregame.
Another great view of the retired numbers.
Jose, Jose Jose Jose, Joossseeeee, Jose!!!!!!!
Jose Reyes has a long toss in front of the Mets dugout before the start of the game.
The Captain (No Not Derek Jeter)
Red Sox Catcher Jason Varitek walks in toward the dugout after warming Lester up in the bullpen.
The National Anthem
Michael Amarte sung the National Anthem for the first ever Major League Baseball game at Citi Field. By the way, that circular thing lying up against the wall is the on deck circle.
The Starting Lineups
Two minutes to game time, the starting lineups were placed up on the scoreboard.
The Mets Defense
The defensive alignment for the Mets as displayed on the center-field scoreboard.
David Ortiz gets set for his first AB of the game after Dustin Pedroia hit a double (the first hit by a Major Leaguer in Citi Field). Big Papi flew out to Tatis in right field allowing Pedroia to advance to third on the tag-up.
The 2008 AL MVP
2008 AL MVP Dustin Pedroia takes his lead after advancing to third on Ortiz's sacrifice fly.
Another First... Rain Delay
The first ever rain delay at Citi Field began at 8:11 PM. Mike Lowell had a 3-0 count against Pedro Feliciano in the top of the sixth. At the restart, Feliciano was replaced by Brian Stokes and Lowell was replaced by Chavez who grounded out to third to end the top half of the inning.
More of the Rain Delay
Jackie Robinson's No. 42 and Shea during the rain delay.
Get Your Pepsi Here!
The Giant Pepsi-Cola sign above the Pepsi Porch. It looks nice with the red light against the dark sky.
The Rain Has Stopped!!!
The tarp is coming off after the rain finished up.
Another First: Although He'd Like to Forget it
This picture is kind of mean, and I felt bad laughing when it happened, but this member of the ground's crew holds the distinction of being the first person to slip and fall at Citi Field. He was fine and finished helping the rest of the crew getting the field ready for restart.
I know, I don't have a picture of the Mets' new closer K-Rod throwing, I just didn't like the way it came out. I do have video of K-Rod pitching so email me if you'd like to see it, but Jonathan Papelbon isn't so bad either.
And the Game is OVER!!!!
Final Score 4-3
Winning Pitcher- Bobby Parnell
Losing Pitcher- Manny Delcarmen
Eight hits and three runs for the Red Sox (six of those hits were doubles)
Seven hits and four runs for the Mets
It Looks Great at Night Too
Citi Field at Night, it looks just as good as it does during the day.
I hope you have enjoyed the photos from the first ever Mets game at Citi Field. This is part two of a three-part series in which I will take you inside Citi Field. The first part was the St. John's vs. Georgetown game.
The third will be Opening Day when the Mets take on the San Diego Padres on Monday Apr. 13.
If you'd like to see more pictures or video from the game, please feel free to email me at email@example.com. Again, I hope you enjoy the pictures. LETS GO METS!!!