One day at Shea

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Shea Stadium

I have been on a little quest to visit as many baseball stadiums as I can.   Since Shea Stadium is in it's last season, I could not miss out on a visit.   I had scouted the Mets schedule and found a 12:10pm game for Thursday August 7, that would be perfect!  

We flew from Indianapolis to New York(LGA) at 7:30am on a Northwest DC-9 aircraft.   We arrived into LGA at 9:30am and had some breakfast in the airport.  We then headed outside to catch the Q48 bus that goes to Shea Stadium.   We had not watched the time real well and ended up getting there right at the 12:10 start time.  We were up in the Mezzanine section 24 and had a decent view of the field.  However, the scoreboard view was obstructed.

Shea Stadium
  No big deal though!   The Mets were hosting the San Diego Padres this day in which the weather was perfect.  San Diego jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with a home run by Chase Headley.   That was all the Padres were able to get for a bit as the Mets Pitcher, Johan Santana was on fire.  He held them to one run through eight innings of play.  The Mets were up 3-1 in the eighth inning when Santana got into a little trouble.  San Diego loaded the bases with nobody out but the Mets relief pitching was able to get out of the jam, giving up only one run.  The Mets held a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth inning and in fact, were only two outs away from the win when Jody Gerut tied the game with a home run.
Shea Stadium
   We thought we would be there for extra innings but in the Mets half of the ninth, David Wright hit a two run home run to end the game.   Mets win over the Padres, 5 to 3.  I was impressed with the fans at Shea.   The game was kind of boring early on and it is easy to lose interest but the fans stayed loud and proud the whole time.

Shea Stadium is currently the 5th oldest Stadium in the League but was comfortable and easy to navigate.   It will be imploded after this season because the Mets are moving into Citi Field, their new stadium next door.

I met up with a Travelbuddy here also.  I had spoken with Walter and he said that he was going to this game also so we exchanged cell numbers and vowed to meet.   http://www.travbuddy.com/WalterC

After the game, we shot some photos and then hopped on the Q48 bus back to LGA airport.   We got back there at about 4pm.   Our flight was not until 7:15pm so we grabbed a bite to eat.   We boarded Northwest flight 669 on time but in typical La Guardia fashion, we sat on the taxiway for over an hour.   The flight aboard the Airbus 319 was smooth and we were back in Indianapolis at about 10pm.   It was an enjoyable day with my family and meeting a new TB.   It was also another stadium checked off the list.  

Thanks for reading!

bkretzer says:
Jeremey, Great blog! If you're in Denver during baseball season, let me know and we can hook up for a Rockies game. With a little notice I should be able to get some decent seats
Posted on: Feb 05, 2009
WalterC says:
It was a fun day! And the game was a good one.
Posted on: Aug 11, 2008
poohstanggt says:
Fun day! Looks like you had a great time!
Posted on: Aug 09, 2008
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