Future (or present) me here: Today starts the reprints of the Great American Ballpark Tour chronicles from the old blog. They appear pretty much verbatim from the old posts. Since I had ready access to a computer for the first tour (being home, then at my brother's place), I posted recaps of the games shortly after we got home. The first couple days I'm going to reprint two blog posts, just so these finish up before Opening Day. I had fun reminiscing, so I hope you guys enjoy, too
As many of you already know, my brother and I just started our 2005 Great American Ballpark Tour. I’m going to try to do a little write-up after each game. Today, we drove to Shea Stadium. It took us about an hour and a half to get there, so the traffic was really light. The game started at 1:20 and we were there at about 12:15. So, after we parked the car, got our Carlos Beltran bobble head, grabbed a hot dog for lunch, and were in our seats well before the game started. We had seats in the upper deck along the foul line in right field. Benson gave up a run in the first inning, but settled down and pitched well after that. Nothing really went the Mets’ way today. There were a couple questionable calls by the umps, but the Mets didn’t respond at the plate. Their best inning was the fifth. Still down 1-0, David Wright doubled to deep center. Jose Offerman (playing first) flied out allowing Wright to go to third. Kris Benson then came to the plate and helped his cause with an RBI single. Jose Reyes followed him with a single, Mike Cameron flied out, then Beltran hit a double to give the Mets a 3-1 lead. Then the wheels fell off. Benson started giving up hits. Guys were making sloppy plays in the field. Offerman dropped a double play ball that would have ended the inning, but instead allowed the Marlins to go up 4-3. They tacked on another run to make it 5-3 going into the bottom of the 6th. Wright, Reyes, and Beltran all had good days at the plate. Beltran made an amazing catch in the second or third inning, but made some base running mistakes that certainly hurt the Mets cause.
Final score: Mets 3, Marlins 7
One game down, five to go!
Posted on the old blog 7/02/2005.