And just like that, summer is officially over.  How did that happen so quickly?  Just before the summer’s warmth slipped by, Jeff, Jack and I had the chance to savor the last weekend of my favorite season, NYC-style.

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Baseball, as I’m sure you know, is such a big part of our summer.  With the Mets games streaming nonstop on our tv from April to September, it’s no big secret that we’re big fans.  Last year, we said goodbye to Shea, and even though this was a less than desirable season (again), we made our inaugural trip to Citi Field on this brisk, but sunny Saturday.

I should note that due to Jeff’s influence, we sort of boycotted going to Citi Field for most of the season—because we’re huge fans of baseball, and well, because of obvious reasons.  I personally think it should be called the People’s Stadium and that all seats should be MUCH more affordable…  But, anyway, per usual, while everyone is getting all excited for fall and football, we’re still doting on our boys of summer.  I loved spending the last weekend of summer with my favorite guys, watching our favorite team, in perhaps the best city in the world!

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As usual, we pulled out our best Mets gear and headed to the sparkly new stadium in Queens.  But unlike past trips, we enjoyed the luxury of pre-paid parking, so we drove there this weekend!  Once we arrived, naturally, we were in awe of Citi Field’s novelty.  For as long as Jeff’s been a fan, the Mets’ home has always been Shea.  So, to drive down the Grand Central and approach a brand new brick ballfield with a totally different name was almost surprising.  After we finally found our cushy parking spot just a few feet from the main entrance, the boys practically sprinted their way into the ballpark.  (You know the Mets are struggling if tickets and parking are easy to come by!!)

IMG_0363IMG_0357IMG_0352IMG_0302IMG_0327IMG_0319Our seats, which overlooked right field on the Field level, were pretty awesome. On Field Level of Citi Field, there’s a big concession area right behind centerfield, which was close to where we were sitting.  As soon as we got there, Jack and I wandered around, checked out Fan Fest and I even grabbed some gourmet tacos.  True story: I heard from some moms at our playground that the tacos were a must-have (seriously!) and dude, were they ever!  But from the tempting but never-ending lines at The Shake Shack and Blue Smoke, to my delicious taco combo from Taxiquera, as Jeff said best, the glorious new stadium resembled a mall with a food court.

Is it possible that beat up ol’ Shea Stadium with its history and character is much better than this multi-million dollar spectacle?

I thought the new stadium was beautiful and cool, especially the Jacki Robinson Rotunda—who wouldn’t want to be greeted with that kind of beauty!  However, the newness and novelty of the entire stadium overall, seemed unbalanced with its “every man/blue collar fanbase,” not to mention, another lackluster season.   In addition to exploring the new stadium, the Mets ended up winning against the Nationals.  It was a very fast-moving game, which apparently had a lot to do with both teams sucking.  I confirmed this observation from mr. baseball stats, himself  :)

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Being able to bring Jack to his second big league game is something we’re quite grateful we’re able to do.  At not even 2 years old, I swear, our kid has seen and done more cool activities than some people I know.  Ok, so he might not have sat still for all 9 innings.  In fact, because of Jack’s curiosity and inability to sit still, I got to see so much of the stadium, especially around the Field Level attractions.  I love the way Jack dance-walked around the ball park’s “little city,” with his oversized hat and Mets jersey, even stopping to chase and giggle with some big kids.

By the way, if it were any other circumstance—such as if they had a winning record, or if we had a bigger family or if we bought these tickets ourselves—we certainly wouldn’t have been able to afford a day out at Citi Field!  It’s so much fun, but certainly not cheap!  It’s kind of sad that a small family has to go into debt just to attend a baseball game these days…

As my diehard Mets fan hubs often says, “that’s the life of a Mets fan.”

(Usually not in that context, but it definitely applies!)

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And as for the hopes of a winning season, as everyone else continues to say, there’s always next year.

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