I have not been back to Citi Field since attending the last miserable Subway Series game, featuring K-Rod walking Mariano Rivera with the bases loaded. So I have been looking forward to this Saturday, when the Mets honor the 1969 World Champions.
But the returning '69 Mets will not be the only visitors that night.
The Phillies Nation blog has arranged a road trip to the Mets-Phillies game on Saturday night. They already have 200 people coming, but they have room for more. From Phillies Nation:
So if you'd like to watch the Phils embarrass the Mets further than they've already done themselves – sign up now!
I can't begrudge Phillies fans from making the trip to New York to see their team in what at the start of the season looked as if it would be an important game.
But what I do not want to see or hear is a disproportionate number of Phillies fans on a night that is meant to honor the Mets.
Fortunately, I expect that most Met fans with tickets to the game are likely to attend to see the celebration, so are unlikely to sell their tickets to Phillies fans.
And if Phillies Nation follows through on their plan to "make a big sign with the NL East standings," I would rather see that than a big sign featuring this:
It is bad enough that the Phillies are twelve games (and counting) ahead of the Mets. But for Citizens Bank Park to have a Wall of Fame with a plaque honoring MET great Tug McGraw, while there is nothing of the sort at Citi Field - now that is truly intolerable.
Photo by wallyg