Spring Training is over. The exhibition games are beginning. The Red Sox begin moving north and the next games will be at the new Shea Stadium. Yes, I realize it is not called Shea Stadium anymore, but, too bad, to me it will be Shea. For a while
I’m opposed (and appalled) that the naming rights remained as Citifield. I’m disgusted at the whole tear-down-Shea-put-up-a-shiny-new-park-on-the-tax-payers-dime thing.
I’ve been to Shea a few times. I grew up paying attention to the Mets. Afterall, I live in Connecticut. I am a Red Sox fan and was in 1986. I can tell you all about that defining week of baseball. I can tell all about the series itself. I can tell you where I was when the ball went between Buckner’s legs. I remember.
When the Mets played the Cardinals in the playoffs a couple of years ago, I took my 75-year old Cardinal fan friend and his son. I grew up next to this Cardinal fan. My old neighbor helped me love baseball. It was the least I could do. The Cardinal’s lost that game, and ultimately that series but I probably had the most fun at any game I ever went to.
So the Red Sox are playing against the Mets for the last two games of this years Spring Training, though officially called Exhibition Games. These two will be at the new Shea. I learned a lot about what we can
expect this year from the RS, I think. I did watch and listen to a lot of the games. It is fun to know this pre-season is wrapping up.
I do have fond memories of Shea Stadium. I will be going to Saturday’s game, the 2nd Ever Major League game to be played at the New Shea Stadium: Mets v Red Sox. I think our “A” team will be playing. It will be fun to check out the stadium, after all don’t we own some of it…us tax payers? I probably won’t be back to patronize the New Shea until I get over my anger. I’m going Saturday for the simple fact of baseball history. So my kids can say, “my mother saw the 2nd ML game at, whatever it will be called by the time my kids have kids. I will be back of course if it’s to see a Red Sox v Mets World Series Game. Yes, for that I’ll be back for sure!