Shea Stadium

This Used To Be My Playground

Just wanted to make a comment about the Mets home opener on Tuesday April 8th. Besides the fact that the Mets weaknesses in the bullpen revealed themselves, in addition to some mismanagement by Willie, the home opener was marred by a mean-spirited atmosphere.

Or to put it another way - the Mets fans are bitter. There were several fistfights in the upper deck, resulting in at least 12 arrests. There was a lack of support from the 56,000 fans who braved cold winds as the sun went down. Most of the fights I saw were cases of Met-on-Met violence. And as my friend D said, "This place has become Yankee stadium."

I know what he meant. Shea used to be a positive, friendly place to see a ballgame. But as this year's home opener proved, 2008 is going to be a year of anger, bitterness, booing, and sadness. It's going to be a long season, friends. My local National League team is in a world of hurt.

And to add insult to injury, the Mets were Rickrolled. That's right. Victims of a British-born Internet prank.

"Stop Being A Bitch And Pitch!!"

That was my man, D, yelling at Mets relief pitcher, Aaron Hellman at the home opener on Tuesday afternoon. Hellman kept trying to pick-off Carlos Ruiz at second base. Regardless of what he was trying to do defensively, he still gave-up 3 walks, 2 hits, and 2 runs in that inning which sealed the Mets' fate on Tuesday. At least he knew that Ruiz would score, which he did on an RBI single.