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 Posted:   Aug 28, 2008 - 1:16 PM   
 By:   DOGBELLE   (Member)

you spoke to soon.
were now -1/2
somethings never change.



What a difference a day makes eh, Anthony?

The Mets beat the Phillies tonight and are back in first place by "1/2".

i'm a man of very little faith?
if i watch the games on tv they lose.
so i now tune in the ny-y

 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2008 - 9:36 PM   
 By:   Max Bellochio   (Member)

Eric, I was thinking of you last night while at my last game at Yankee Stadium - watching them win over the Blue Jays 2-1. I had a great seat. I spent most of the latter innings walking around various points in the stadium snapping pictures with my Nikon. I took nearly 300, but I will share some here.

Eric, I salute you, pal.









 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2008 - 9:48 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Many thanks Max, and thanks for sharing these great pix!

 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2008 - 9:58 PM   
 By:   Max Bellochio   (Member)

My pleasure, and you're welcome!

MaxB







 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2008 - 10:18 PM   
 By:   Max Bellochio   (Member)







 
 Posted:   Aug 30, 2008 - 7:36 AM   
 By:   Max Bellochio   (Member)

I gained a better appreciation for Sports photography last night. Granted, the photographers on the field have much better positioning, better suited lenses, and a tripod. It's a challenge trying to get any decent picture while having to continuously move, due the prodding of stadium security and staff. My seat was right behind third base, box level, so it was easy for me to continuously walk around the main perimeter at that level from left field to right field and catch as many as I could. It's difficult to do this on the fly and expect a reasonable result. This is why I would love to get press credntials one day. smile

Anyway, I wish that I can do the same for a game at Shea, but this looks like it's not going to happen this season. I wanted to take the same approach there and just get a bunch of shots from the final season there. I will have to check for tickets this week on eBay or something. I know Anzaldiman would like some photos as well and I'm always interested in things that many people think as mundane - such as the little moments, pre-game activities, groundkeeping, stadium details, etc. We know what a game looks like, but its these off moments that remind me more of what the overall experience was like.

MaxB

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2008 - 6:57 AM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Thanks for posting the pictures Max.

I consider these a sort of extension of the series of pictures Eric and myself were posting a while back on this thread to pay tribute to Yankee, and Shea Stadium , both in their final season of play before they are no more .

I especially like interesting photos of the "everyperson" at the ballparks. The grounds crew getting the field prepared for play, the fans in the stands , etc.

And this guy..

 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2008 - 6:26 PM   
 By:   Max Bellochio   (Member)

 
 Posted:   Sep 1, 2008 - 8:42 AM   
 By:   Max Bellochio   (Member)

I am disappointed that I can't find many high-res photos of the construction of Citi Field. I can find a whole wealth of photos of the new Yankee Stadium, but I wish there were more.



 
 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2008 - 12:35 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

To me, one of the more interesting stark comparisons between the new baseball oriented design of Citi Field, and "Big Shea" (aside from the obvious beauty in design of one, and the lumbering outdatedness of the other) is that as both stand end to side right now, the new stadium upper deck seating level only rises about as high as the mezzanine level of Shea to allow for better sightlines for the fans.
Shea of course was built in the early 60's for both baseball and football, and has those infamous nose bleed bleachers that rise high above that.

The result is less overall seating capacity in the new stadium, (around 47,000) but obviously it's going to be a MUCH better visual experience for Mets fans lucky enough to attend the games there.



 
 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2008 - 1:19 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

I am disappointed that I can't find many high-res photos of the construction of Citi Field. I can find a whole wealth of photos of the new Yankee Stadium, but I wish there were more.



I appreciate the pictures you've already posted here Max.

More will eventually show up on the net as construction progresses.
I wish I could helicopter over the stadium's and take some nice pictures myself, but alas, that ain't gonna happen!

 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2008 - 2:32 PM   
 By:   Max Bellochio   (Member)

I am disappointed that I can't find many high-res photos of the construction of Citi Field. I can find a whole wealth of photos of the new Yankee Stadium, but I wish there were more.



I appreciate the pictures you've already posted here Max.

More will eventually show up on the net as construction progresses.
I wish I could helicopter over the stadium's and take some nice pictures myself, but alas, that ain't gonna happen!


I guess we're just going to gave to drive out to Flushing, personally, and take as manyt as we can.

MaxB

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2008 - 3:47 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

To me, one of the more interesting stark comparisons between the new baseball oriented design of Citi Field, and "Big Shea" (aside from the obvious beauty in design of one, and the lumbering outdatedness of the other) is that as both stand end to side right now, the new stadium upper deck seating level only rises about as high as the mezzanine level of Shea to allow for better sightlines for the fans.
Shea of course was built in the early 60's for both baseball and football, and has those infamous nose bleed bleachers that rise high above that.

The result is less overall seating capacity in the new stadium, (around 47,000) but obviously it's going to be a MUCH better visual experience for Mets fans lucky enough to attend the games there.







The photos below are of the Shea Stadium I remember as a kid in the 70's, before they painted it over and over again thoughout the years with coat upon coat of that awful blue paint.

The Stadium was originally basically a bare metal looking structure, (I guess to blend with the New York '64 World's Fair "look" at that time ) and had all these arranged corrugated metal cut squares that looked like confetti on it's exterior painted the Mets team colors, royal blue and orange.
I guess that was considered "arty" at the time.





 
 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2008 - 11:15 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Citi Field is coming along nicely, and win or lose this year, the New York Mets are going to have a state of the art new home in 2009.



 
 
 Posted:   Sep 3, 2008 - 6:38 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

The Mets are playing very well lately as the regular season winds down.

They just got finished sweeping the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon.

The Phillies are not going to stop riding the Mets tail and will not let them run away with the NL east.



It's exactly the scenario I thought it would be, and it is making watching the games all the more must see viewing for both Mets fans, and baseball fans in general for that matter.
Win or lose, ( keeping in mind that this team was on the ropes for most of the first part of the '08 season) manager Jerry Manuel's Mets have somehow managed to make the race for the NL east division an interesting one once again.

We'll see what happens when the Mets and Phillies go at it head to head in their upcoming series.

 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2008 - 6:27 AM   
 By:   Max Bellochio   (Member)

I just got a DVD of this year's Yankee Old Timer game. The quality is good (It's digital), but I'm wondering if the YES network broadcast this in high definition. I would like to get a copy of this in high definition and 16:9 aspect ratio. Since I see regular games broadcast in HD on YES, I would imagine that this exists somewhere.

On another note, Yankee yearbooks have been sold out since mid August (according to the three vendors I spoke to at the stadium). I finally picked one up on eBay last week at less than the cover price (the guy also threw in a copy of the 2008 All-Star Program that was seeling for $15 during the game). At $21 for the set, it was a great value for both the yearbook and the program. I also wanted a New York Mets yearbook - which he also had - and was grateful to get this for only $11.00.

So, get your copies if you haven't already. There are still some reasonable prices on eBay. I imagine that these will fetch hefty prices after the season is over.

MaxB

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2008 - 8:08 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

I'd like to get a '08 Mets yearbook as it is the last year for Shea.
I have yet to get one, perhaps I should hop to it.

I was never big on collecting Mets yearbooks , but there are a few I'd like to have from the past.

I have the Mets '68 and '73 yearbooks that I bought secondhand at a rare bookstore for a very reasonable price. (they still survive in very good condition).

I missed out on finding the "Miracle" Mets 1969 yearbook, the one I'd really like to have.
I suppose that one is probably worth a few bucks if you can find it on eBay.
I was only about six or seven years old when the Mets won the World Series in '69, and even if Sis bought it for me back then, it's doubtful it would have survived after all these years anyway.

A big part of the fun of having the Mets yearbooks from the '60's and '70's (aside from the obvious) is looking at all the old ad's (both b&w and color) in them.
Rheingold beer, Thomas organs, Zenith console tv's, ("If you can't get to Shea, this is the next best way") and ad's for many of the local NY restaurants and "clam houses" that simply don't exist anymore.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2008 - 9:59 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)



 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2008 - 10:53 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

 
 Posted:   Sep 6, 2008 - 1:43 PM   
 By:   Max Bellochio   (Member)

I'd like to get a '08 Mets yearbook as it is the last year for Shea.
I have yet to get one, perhaps I should hop to it.

I was never big on collecting Mets yearbooks , but there are a few I'd like to have from the past.

I have the Mets '68 and '73 yearbooks that I bought secondhand at a rare bookstore for a very reasonable price. (they still survive in very good condition).

I missed out on finding the "Miracle" Mets 1969 yearbook, the one I'd really like to have.
I suppose that one is probably worth a few bucks if you can find it on eBay.
I was only about six or seven years old when the Mets won the World Series in '69, and even if Sis bought it for me back then, it's doubtful it would have survived after all these years anyway.

A big part of the fun of having the Mets yearbooks from the '60's and '70's (aside from the obvious) is looking at all the old ad's (both b&w and color) in them.
Rheingold beer, Thomas organs, Zenith console tv's, ("If you can't get to Shea, this is the next best way") and ad's for many of the local NY restaurants and "clam houses" that simply don't exist anymore.


I believe I have the Mets 1986 yearbook. I will look.

MaxB

 
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