March 22nd, 2017
Yesterday, on this Opening Day countdown series, I talked about my first ever Mets Opening Day. Today, I’m going to talk about my first stadium opener exhibition prior to Opening Day, which was also the first Mets “game” at Citi Field, and how that is being replicated next year.
The first Mets game at Citi Field was not a regular season game. Instead, it was a exhibition game versus the Boston Red Sox, on April 3rd, 2009. The starter was Livan Hernandez, brother of Orlando Hernandez, and the guy that closed out the win was K-Rod, Francisco Rodriguez. I was at that game, and it got me really excited for the 2009 season.
This year, I will be able to go to a preseason exhibition game again, on March 31st versus the ARMY Baseball team. The game which was originally scheduled to be played on the field up in West Point, was re-scheduled to Citi Field when the playing surface was deemed un-playable due to the winter weather the upper hudson/catskills region experienced late last week.
It’ll only be a seven inning game with all proceeds going towards the Mets Foundation. Additionally, the tickets are “general admission”, so one can sit where the please, per se.
Of course, a lot of people won’t feel like playing hooky do go to an exhibition game, especially if one is planning on playing hooky the following Monday (for a game that actually counts) so my guess is attendance will be relatively low.