In a few hours I will embark on my journey to Cincinnati, Ohio to watch the Mets. As an out of market fan, this will be the only occasion I get to see them in person. Needless to say I am looking forward to it.
Bearing that in mind, I’m not sure how quickly I’ll be posting my thoughts about the experience. It will be late as hell when I get back home and I have to work tomorrow.
So make sure to follow our Twitter account as I’ll be tweeting during this year’s experience. Not sure how much time I’ll have to reply while I’m at the game, so don’t feel like I’m ignoring you. I just don’t want to be on my phone the entire time. The members of my group will probably slug me. My wife can punch really really hard. Plus, I’m not sure how much of the game I would actually get to see.
The Great American Ballpark Experience
I have to admit, watching games at the Great American Ballpark is a nice experience.
1. I have yet to have a poor sight line.
2. Tickets are normally affordable, even after their playoff appearance last season.
3. The stadium is right next to the Ohio River which provides an interesting backdrop to the game.
4. Reds fans are normally hospitable even though we are typically sporting Mets gear.
There is only one exception to this that I can recall. I don’t hold it against the typical Reds fan. The ass that decided to boo my five-year old son (at the time) for wearing his David Wright jersey has to live with himself. Not to mention he had to deal with the look I gave him that said in no uncertain terms, “Pipe it moron, or you’ll find yourself doggie paddling in the river.”
5. It doesn’t take 4.5 hours to leave the city after the game.
My fondest memory so far is watching Carlos Delgado crush an absolute bomb down the right field line. It was so high, I had no idea how the umpires could determine whether it was fair or foul. It also literally left the stadium. Utterly amazing.
A Little Help From Mr. Alderson
I posses only one fear about this trip. To show up and find out that Carlos Beltran is not in the lineup because he’s been traded. So, I figured I’d compose this letter to Sandy Alderson:
Dear Mr. Alderson
As you know, I have been supportive of your efforts from day one. I defend you to those that oppose your superior baseball intelligence and realistic approach to building a baseball organization. I am not in the “spend spend spend to win” club.
Never once have I asked anything of you. I have quietly allowed you to go about your business building the Mets of the future.
I finally have a small request. Do not trade Carlos Beltran today. Wait until at least tomorrow.
I would be extremely grateful to have one last opportunity to watch him play in a Mets uniform.
That is all. Thank you for your consideration,
Jason, midwestropolitan.com Founder
P.S. While I’m making requests, game tickets and free air fare to NYC once a month for a series would be cool. I’m just sayin’.