Took a train to Woodside, and hopped on the 7 Train to Citi Field.
Outside of the ballpark, I bought a World Series program, and then headed to the SportsNet New York TV set. I easily recognized Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling, Gary Apple, and Nelson Figuroea. After hanging out there for a few minutes, I went inside the ballpark. Received a rally towel, and made my way to the Promenade level (the Upper Deck). My seat was right behind home plate in the third to last row of the stadium.
Tony Bennett sang America the Beautiful, while some NYPD officer sang the National Anthem. Mets legends Cleon Jones, Mookie Wilson, and Darryl Strawberry threw out the ceremonial first pitches. Some kid from the Boys and Girls Club of America delivered the game ball, along with yet another Mets legend, Edgardo Alfonzo.
Curtis Granderson hit a leadoff homer, and Matt Harvey pitched 8 shutout innings (3 more outs to go). Harvey came back out for the 9th, and boy did that prove costly. After a walk and a double made it a one run game. Jeurys Familia came in to put out the flames, and got the 1st out. Eric Hosmer moved up to third, and a few pitches later, he scored on a groundout. Tie game. Familia pitched two innings of work. Jon Niese pitched an inning. Addison Reed came in, and gave up five runs in the 12th. After one out, he gave way to Bartolo Colon who put out the flames, but the damage was done. 7-2 Royals heading into the bottom of the 12th. I made my way down to the third base side of the field level concourse. Wade Davis got two quick outs, before Michael Conforto singled, and Wilmer Flores struck out looking to end the game.
FINAL SCORE: Royals 7, Mets 2
Some Royals players were throwing balls into the crowd, and I almost got one from them. How cool would that have been? I made my way out of the crowd, and spotted Marlins Man in the home plate seating area.
By that time, it was 1AM. I made my way out of the ballpark, and was about to take a picture when I heard that the last subway train of the night was leaving in a few minutes. I ran with the crowd, and got on just in time.
From there, I overslept on my train home, and ended up a few towns later. Got home at 3:30AM and was asleep by 4.
I’ve been to a few memorable games in recent years. I was there for Jason Bay’s 200th career home run, a Felix Hernandez one hit shutout, and Bobby Abreu’s last MLB game. I’ll add this game to the list.
I’m also glad that the season is over, so I can focus on other important things. Don’t worry, I’ll still be writing blog posts in the winter. Here’s to a great season, folks.