Game one of Skid's season at Citi. APRIL 6 - WATCH PARTY vs Washington Nationals (0-0)

Bartolo Colon starts off the season against the Nats Max Scherzer, whom Washington signed as a free agent this off season.


Lets Go Mets! With my wife Deb visiting, we got our first taste of Citi Field as the Mets hosted their first Watch Party of an away Opening Day game. It was also Mr. Mets birthday although I did not get to personally congratulate him. I drove my car to the ballpark and parked near where Shea Stadium was once located, now Citi Field's parking lot. After snapping a photo by the Home Run Apple that previously was at Shea, we made our way into the Jackie Robinson Rotunda. I was a little unimpressed as all that was missing were huge Dodger logos.

Before moving up the escalator we wandered into the Mets Hall of Fame. This area showcased many artifacts and memorabilia from Mets history. Uniforms, bases, bats, baseballs, the original Mr. Met (I'm thinking taxidermy), and both World Series trophies from 1969 and 1986. We browsed through the Mets team store and I was able (this time) to avoid any purchases. We ran across Mets Fantasy Camp director Doug Dickey and visited for a bit then did a slow circle around the stadium checking everything out. Deb and I went inside the Hyundai Club, a small bar that accesses seats on the first deck behind home plate. There was a very nice employee named Christine who gave us information about some of the nicer areas in the ballpark and their amenities. Then we settled into some seats in the sun and watched the Mets win another opening day game.

Which is bigger?
His head or my belly?

New Citi Video Board

As for the game, Bartolo Colon only gave up 3 hits including a solo homer to Bryce Harper and the Mets took advantage of two Ian Desmond errors to beat the Nationals 3-1. New Nationals ace Max Scherzer had retired 17 straight and had a no-hitter going with two outs in the sixth inning when he walked Curtis Granderson. The first of Desmond's errors put runners in scoring position. Next Lucas Duda singled in both unearned runs and the Mets never gave up the lead. The game seemed almost secondary as I was having such a great time wandering around the stadium with nothing but Mets fans all around me. The staff was friendly and I enjoyed being able to freely explore the place. It will be a little more difficult on Monday's first home game as they expect the biggest crowd in Citi Field history.

Mets Fan of the Day
  • Name/Nickname: David "Skid" Rowe
  • Mets Fan Since: May 1972
  • Favorite Mets Player: Willie Mays
  • Favorite Mets Moment: Mookie/Buckner grounder Game #6 1986 World Series
  • Favorite Rock Band: UFO