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 Posted:   Apr 3, 2009 - 7:08 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Nice to see Neo posting once again here, I hope he continues to provide his perspective on this thread.

I got home shortly after 6:00 pm tonight, and immediately tuned into the Mets/ Boston Red Sox pre-season game at Citi Field.

This was the first time I saw the new Mets ballpark with fans in the seats, and I'll admit it was strange, but from what I saw tonight on the tube, the place looks grand.

What I love about the design, which is a homage to the many old ballparks of the past is the warm use of the bricks, (reminiscent of course of Ebbets Field) the black steel high light towers, and the black seats and black outfield walls trimmed out with orange. It looks old and classic , while being modern and state of the art and it's a big change from Shea which in later years became an explosion of royal blue paint coloring all over the place from the outfield walls, to it's exterior paint job which signaled an aging building that was thinly (and cheaply) disguised from it's 1964 origins and appearance.

While I am sentimental about Shea and it's demise, I can't help but be excited over this new ballpark.

 Posted:   Apr 3, 2009 - 7:13 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

It is my privilege to make the record 4000th post of the longest-running thread in the history of FSM! smile

I was caught up recording for posterity the Yankee exhibition game but I will look forward to see a Met game from Citified on TV soon and will make sure to record the first official game.

 Posted:   Apr 3, 2009 - 7:17 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

This is exciting!

We've discussed these new ballparks for quite some time on this thread now Eric, from before ground was broken, and now here we are.

I love this thread, and those who have participated on it over the years.

 Posted:   Apr 3, 2009 - 7:21 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

A blast from the past in this thread, August 16, 2006, just for you Anz. smile

As has been mentioned before here on this long thread, The Mets are in the process of erecting a new ballpark very closely resembling the old Ebbets Field in the parking lot beyond the center field fence at Shea Stadium.
It is rising right before our eyes as we watch the Mets play their 2007 season games.

It will be ready for opening day Mets baseball games in 2009.

 Posted:   Apr 3, 2009 - 8:32 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

I remember that post Eric, and it really does not seem like that long ago.

From an artist conception above to reality in 2009.

 Posted:   Apr 4, 2009 - 9:02 AM   
 By:   Donna   (Member)

Anz, we are ready when you are to get tix to a game. Check out the schedule and let us know what works for you. Ed and I would prefer a day game and plan to take off work to see it!

 Posted:   Apr 4, 2009 - 2:56 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

I have just returned from the Cubs-Yankees exhibition game and was bowled over completely. This is Yankee Stadium from now on, and I really don't think there's a need to get homesick for the old ballpark. The old ballpark's sense of grandeur has been perfectly replicated and in fact, looking up at the facade from my vantage point on the field level, third base side, I literally had a greater sense of what it was like to be at old Yankee Stadium, pre-1976 than I ever did at the old place in its renovated phase. The field dimensions are identical to what it was in the last 20 years of the renovated stadium and offer a sense of continuity there. And yet, even with that great sense of grandeur recreated, I was struck how the park seemed more intimate than the old one, and I think the perfect way the walkways etc. have been designed help make that possible.

The food court is outstanding and a great improvement over the old ballpark's facilities. And it's great to be able to walk through the place more than three hours before a game and have a chance to take in not just Monument Park but also the "Yankees Museum" which has a fascinating exhibit of autographed baseballs from all surviving Yankees in history (and I saw an autographed ball by Johnny Blanchard who of course recently passed away). Before, you had to get to the stadium many hours out of necessity because of limited parking but with this ballpark, you'll like the fact you've got more time to spend there taking in the place!

The old ballpark meant a great deal to me over the years, but just as life moves on and the Yankees went from Hilltop Park to the Polo Grounds to the original Stadium to the renovated Stadium, so too do they turn a page into an exciting new era with an exciting new facility that Yankee fans will easily embrace upon their first visit IMO.

There were some gremlins that need to be ironed out. For one thing, the scoreboard insists on close captioning what we hear on the giant HD Diamondvision (which offers sensational video quality) and this is rather silly to look at. Also, their scoreboard operator handling the out of town information was fouling things up because we were seeing reports of a close Met game at 6-5 and 9-7 before the correct 9-1 score was given! The biggest gremlin though was the audio system in the ballpark went out in the 6th inning so after that, there was no PA announcer, no canned music, no organ, no sound whatsoever (no prompting for the 7th inning stretch!). They have 12 days to get that fixed before the true official home opener.

I will have pictures to post next week.

 Posted:   Apr 5, 2009 - 5:36 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Anz, we are ready when you are to get tix to a game. Check out the schedule and let us know what works for you. Ed and I would prefer a day game and plan to take off work to see it!


I'll be in touch soon about attending a game with you guys, I hope you enjoyed your trip!


Can't wait to see your photos, and thanks for your personal interpretations above of the new Yankee Stadium.

What I like about it after seeing several Yankee pre season games on television is that they stayed true to combining the new with old / new Yankee Stadium across the way.
And this design (including bringing back the classic facade that once again rings the Stadium) has had positive reviews so far from many different sources.

The most important thing consistant in the design of these two new ballparks in NY is the attention to detail in design and construction concerning the sightlines from almost every seat.
From the cheapest seats to the most expensive ones. And it appears that the designers of both ballparks have succeeded in their efforts with flying colors.

It is strange seeing the legendary old Yankee Stadium still standing guard empty in the dark across the street.
Both now stand side by side. I've heard it will still be used for youth baseball events and such, but I wonder how this can possibly work out with the limited parking issues that already exist in that cramped area of the Bronx.

 Posted:   Apr 7, 2009 - 6:42 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Nice win for the Mets yesterday to open the 2009 baseball season in Cincinnati.

But the Mets cannot only depend on pitching ace Johan Santana to deliver the goods in every start.

Tomorrow, Mike Pelfrey will start game number two, and hopefully the Mets bats will get going early to give him some run support.

Pelfrey has had an up and down spring, but when he's locked in he can be very good.

The Mets starting pitching (aside from Santana) is going to be a big question mark this season.

As for the offense..

Daniel Murphy has been given the left field spot by manager Jerry Manuel and will be depended on to knock in some runs.

He's an intelligent hitter, he's young, and hopefully will have a bright future in a New York Mets uniform.

 Posted:   Apr 10, 2009 - 1:37 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

My pictures from last Saturday are back! And owing to their large size they require a post per pic starting with this great view of the concourse inside.

 Posted:   Apr 10, 2009 - 1:40 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

This is a look at the playing field from Monument Park.

 Posted:   Apr 10, 2009 - 1:41 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

The Babe's monument has found a new home.

 Posted:   Apr 10, 2009 - 1:45 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

This vantage point to me offers a classic reminder of the old Stadium, pre-1973. The old-fashioned clock is a homage to the one that rested on top of the scoreboard in old Yankee Stadium prior to 1956.

 Posted:   Apr 10, 2009 - 1:47 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

And the view to rightfield recreates the renovated old Stadium's look with the subway passing through in the corner while the manual scoreboard comes from the original Stadium.

 Posted:   Apr 10, 2009 - 1:49 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Pregame ceremonies saw a moment of silence for longtime Yankee exec (and former Met traveling secretary) Arthur Richman and for fomer catcher Johnny Blanchard.

 Posted:   Apr 10, 2009 - 1:50 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Captain Sully Sullenberger, the hero pilot of the US Air plane that crashed in the Hudson River threw out the first pitch.

 Posted:   Apr 10, 2009 - 1:52 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Mark Teixeira finishes rounding the bases after the first of his two home runs.

 Posted:   Apr 10, 2009 - 3:20 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Belated recognition here of condolences to the family of Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, senselessly killed in a drunk driving accident caused by someone else just after he'd pitched six shutout innings.

 Posted:   Apr 10, 2009 - 3:43 PM   
 By:   Thread Assasin   (Member)

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 Posted:   Apr 10, 2009 - 3:45 PM   
 By:   Thread Assasin   (Member)

Belated recognition here of condolences to the family of Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, senselessly killed in a drunk driving accident caused by someone else just after he'd pitched six shutout innings.

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