Doug Siskiyou chipmunks are go! Stan Isaacs finally gets around to visiting Citi Field for the first time…
I was back in New York recently for my first look at the Mets’ new ball park, the second-year Citi Field. My first reaction was that-like all the new ball parks-it seemed as if as many people were at the food stands eating as were in the stands watching the game.
...The Mets hit three balls off the outfield fences against the Phillies for doubles; they would have been home runs in just about every ball park in the big leagues. It emphasized what a disaster the distant fences are for the excitement quotient at this ball park. Citi Field lacks the live feeling of such as Fenway Park and the Phillies’ field where the short fences provide a sense that the trailing team can always mount a comeback with a home run.
The Mets lost this game, 8-5, falling short despite scoring four runs in the last two innings. Their chance for a winning rally would have been heightened in the stands if there were realistic hopes for a home run by the batters in the late innings.
...With all this homage to the Brooklyn Dodgers (and Mets successes) I looked in vain for something that would attest that there was also a team known as the New York Giants in the city. Not a one, and maybe that is why Mets owner Fred Wilpon is suffering the curse of Bernie Madoff. The only trace of the Giants of New York is the “NY” type font that the Mets adopted when they were formed in 1962.
At a Mets souvenir shop I asked if there was anything for sale that recognized the New York Giants. “None,” the clerk said-and added, “We have had a few people ask for them.”