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September 4, 2009 @ Citi Field

I went to Citi Field yesterday, here is the story. The night before the game, my father and I bought tickets in section 110 row D, which is 4 rows behind the field. It was quite a bargain if I should say so myself, the face value of the tickets is $270, and we paid $96 per ticket and it came with a free parking pass. We got there at about the time that the gates opened and I went straight into fair terratory in right field because the Mets were hitting. My father was standing in the 4th row near the foul line and I was in the front row. Daniel Murphy was hitting and he hit a homer into the 4th row then it almost hit my dad, hit a chair, rolled down to the 2nd row when I grabbed it with my bare hand, which then was grabbed by another kid who let go after I said, “It’s mine, It’s mine.” Upon looking at the ball, I realized that the stitches were not red, and the ball had a circular logo, it was: IMG_2145.JPG

That ball was the first commemorative one I have ever snagged, unless you count training balls commemorative. The area near the foul line was getting dead, so my dad stayed there and I went behind the Modell’s sign and near the bullpen when I saw K-Rod sign autographs for about 2 kids then left, I didn’t have anything on me to get signed but my hat, and I didn’t get him. I stayed near the Modell’s sign and when reliever Sean Green picked up a ball, I asked him for it, and he threw it to me. There was almost no one there when I got it. It was another 2008 All-Star Game ball, and when I looked at it after I caught it, there was a large black mark from where the hitter’s bat hit the ball. I have no idea who hit it.
The rest of Mets BP was pretty dead, so while the Cubs were getting set up, I took a baseball, ran around to the field level in foul territory and got Pedro Feliciano and Nelson Figueroa to sign a baseball using their own black sharpies. Here is a picture of Pedro signing taken by my dad who kept my spot in fair territory. 
I went back to my spot in fair territory and put on an old Cubs hat. The coaches were not giving anything into the crowd, so I moved behind the Modell’s sign in right field and tried to get a ball from a relief pitcher. And then a pitcher, whom I believe to be sean Marshall, to throw me a ball, I was in the corner near the bullpen, and I had to reach over and make a nice backhanded snow cone catch. Then he imitated me catching the ball and said nice catch or something, I couldn’t really see him. Here is a picture of Ball #3: 
That was all I got for the Cubs portion of BP. After that, I had my picture taken with the 3 baseballs: 
Then, my father and I returned to our seats before the game, and I just barely missed out on Anderson Hernandez. After the national anthem, Angel Pagan signed my other baseball in someone else’s black pen and I was almost crushed because there were so many people trying to get him. If you can see me, I am just standing there trying to leave.
Then we took our seats and the game began. Bobby Parnell had easily the best game of his career. Cory Sullivan also had a pretty good game, as he started off the scoring with a second inning solo homer off the Pepsi Porch in right field off of Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano. Then, there was no scoring until the 8th inning, but the Cubs mounted a threat in the top of the 7th, the bases were loaded for pinch hitter Mike Fontenot, not even close to hitting anything, 1 out. Kosuke Fukudome, swinging at thin air, 2 outs. Ryan Theriot, hard shot off of Parnell’s hand, gets the ball and throws to first, inning over. In the 8th Brian Stokes could not hold on to a 1-0 lead as Jeff Baker got Milton Bradley home on an RBI single. In the bottom of the inning, the Mets exploded to score 5 runs against the Cubs bullpen capped off with a 2 RBI single by Omir Santos. In the 9th, the Mets brought in Frankie Rodriguez, who got save #29. 
Winning Pitcher- Brian Stokes 
Losing Pitcher- Kevin Gregg
Save- Francisco Rodriguez
3 baseballs and 3 autographs, a pretty good day in my opinion. 
Here are the baseballs in the order I snagged them. 
And here are the autographs, you could probably tell whose signatures they are. 
Thanks for reading. Feel free to leave comments,

August 24, 2009 @ Citi Field

First game in 2 months. Went with my friend, Greg, again. Took the 10:45 train, was at the stadium at about 11, absolutely perfect weather, and I was disappointed when we ran inside and saw this: 

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No batting practice, so Greg and I sat down for a few minutes waiting for some players to come out. Eventually, 4 Mets relievers started warming up in right field, one of them was now former Met, Billy Wagner. 
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He was playing catch with Brian Stokes, and Elmer Dessens was playing catch with Nelson Figueroa. Once Figueroa snd Dessens were done, Dessens went to the bullpen and Figueroa started signing along the foul line with his own black sharpie. I got him on a baseball, and since I was in the front row, Greg passed me 2 cards of him and I got them signed for him. 
Here is a picture of him signing someone’s hat. 
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He started signing, and it seemed like he signed forever. I looked back maybe 15 minutes later, and he was still signing. Great man and very fan-friendly. I moved back to my spot behind where Wagner and Stokes were still playing catch. Then something odd happened, Stokes threw the ball well over Wagner’s head and the person standing right next to me caught it. Then, Billy asked for the ball back, and the man standing next to me gave the ball back to him. We all said he should have asked him to sign an autograph or something. After playing catch, both Wagner AND Stokes started signing along the foul line. I got Wagner on a baseball in someone else’s thin blue sharpie. Unfortunately, as I was pressed against the wall, I could not get a picture of Wagner signing. But I went over to Stokes, got him on the same baseball in my own pen, and got a picture of him signing someone else’s ticket. 
After that, I wandered to the Phillies side to meet Greg, who was having bad luck with the Phillies. On the Phillies side, I missed out on Ryan Madsen, Brad Lidge, and J.A. Happ took my pen and signed autographs for Phillies fans, but not for me. After the Phillies left, we walked back to the mets side near the corner of the dugout and just barely missed getting Anderson Hernandez and Cory Sullivan. We got kicked out of that section, then went behind the dugout and got Brian Schneider to sign a different baseball than the one I had already gotten signed. No picture here either as he signed under the dugout and only signed 4 autographs. That was it for pre game. 
Our tickets had a $23 face value and we ended up sitting with this view of the field: 
Again, over a $130 seat upgrade. I tried for third out balls, and was unsuccessful. The game itself was exciting for the first inning. Look at the linescore from after the first inning: 
Yup, that was how it was going. The Phillies ended up winning the game 6-2, behind 2 Ryan Howard homers. Cliff Lee pitched great for the Phillies. It was no contest, the Phillies were all over my struggling Mets. I got a good picture of him pitching: 
After the game, I stayed for autographs, but got absolutely nothing. Here are my autographs from this game:
That is it from this game. Sorry for the delay in posting this entry. Ill leave you with a picture of the Mets during the national anthem. 
Thanks for Reading- Howie