On this day, the 50th anniversary of the first game ever at Shea Stadium, I present the only photo I could find in my archives where I captured the entirety of the field. Not my best photo of the place but it’s nice to have a look at the place the Mets have called home the longest.
I don’t remember where he came from but this inflatable dinosaur, Rex, became the unofficial mascot for Club MPs in 2012. He made the arduous journey from 5 to 3R with us and many a can of air was spent keeping him alive. Alas, his current status? Deflated.
The best thing about running a NYRR race in Central Park? Being able to walk through Central Park at a nice leisurely pace after busting it for a couple of miles. And while snow can be a burden at times (okay, most times), it looks really awesome in this setting.
After whetting the appetite with some exhibition games in Montreal, it was good to see some actual baseball that counted last night at Yankee Stadium. Despite this being the most unrecognizable Yankee lineup I’ve ever seen in the Bronx, they still managed to beat the defending World Champion Boston Red Sox. Many thanks to my buddy Bruce for the freebie ticket.
In lieu of our usual spring training trip to Florida, a bunch of us decided to make the trek north to Montreal since it was the return of Major League Baseball since the Expos left at the end of 2004 season. While it was fun to watch the Blue Jays host the Mets at Olympic Stadium, it bears reminding that this was only an exhibition and not so much legit baseball. That said, it was great to see nearly 100,000 fans show up. If they ever get a franchise (whether it be relocation or expansion), I really hope they get a new stadium because this one is well past its prime.
Our next stop through the Baseball Hall of Fame takes us to a few Mets-related items. There’s the Tom Seaver exhibit, the Mets locker which is oddly sans jersey, some mementos, and, finally, some non-Mets stuff.
Continuing with the photos I took while at the Baseball Hall of Fame, we start with the display of recently inducted Andre Dawson (an Expo!), then a look through the media wing, and a stop at the art gallery.
It’s best to let the official description from the Times Square Alliance explain it all:
Counting Sheep (2011) by Brooklyn artist Kyu Seok Oh with the West Harlem Art Fund — a 36-foot long installation consisting of a flock of 24 hand-made paper sheep designed to invite people in Times Square “to relax, count the sheep and even doze off a little.”