Today it is ladies 1st. We began the day with a delicious breakfast at Serafina, then met up with our niece Bryn and her boys(who are now men) for lunch at the Marriott Marquis. We grabbed our luggage and a cab and headed out to the Hampton Inn at La Guardia so we could be close to the ballpark. The Hampton Inn provides a shuttle to Citi Field so we and a bunch of mostly non-Giants fans hopped aboard and headed to the ballpark. The driver had a good sense of humor and suggested he would break the knees of any cab driver who wanted to charge us more than $12 for the return fair. We headed into the Park and had tickets in the club section 327 row 8 seat 3,4. The view was good despite a man built like Goliath sitting in front of us.
Next we met Ashley and the camera crew from MLB for an interview. Ashley asked good questions and Shaun shot away. The acoustics were challenging both in the Caesars club and in the concourse, but the show must go on, so hopefully they will be able to get enough footage for the website.
Our usher was curious about the interview and came over to tell us he had never seen an interview that long. He then shared baseball history with Bert, and discussed the old Shea stadium. He also told us there was an usher in his 90’s three sections down. We will try to see him in the next day or two. I’ll bet he and Bert have some stories to tell.
We were directed to good food by Toni from Mets guest services and she recommended the sit down meal or the sandwiches in Caesars. We opted for the turkey sandwich
After the game we ran in to Scott, one of the few Giants fans who had taken the shuttle bus with us. He offered to share a ride with us. He had the über app, so we had our 1st über experience. He then picked up the fare. We learned he was from Sherman Oaks. Being a Giants fan in LA is tough. He is a liver transplant coordinator at UCLA. Kudos to him for his part in changing lives.
This morning we braved the crowd in the dining hall of the Hampton and I had cold french toast sticks and sludge for coffee. We will head out to see Jack and Gus for a pool party which may turn into a non-pool party if the rain continues. Ever the optimists we will take our suits.
As for the baseball part- It was promising to be a memorable baseball day. What more could a Giant fan wish for than 21 adversary batters coming to the plate in 7 innings? To top it off, only one of them got a hit, in the 5th, which was promptly erased by a double play. What could be better than a total of 28 Mets at the plate for the entire 9 inning? In a game taking just a few minutes over 2 hours. It was a great day and game, spoiled only by the Mets Duda homer to open the 8th. After that it took only 16 pitches to close the final 2 innings.
Vogelsongs 5-1 win over the Mets could not have been more brilliant. Although only 5 K’s, there were also only 4 outfield flyouts, and only one base on balls. What could be a more brilliant outing?
Hopefully the predicted rain for the next 3 days will permit us to continue the 81 streak while in NY.