Sitting in Shea Stadium’s picnic area was all that I’d hoped it would be. While not quite on the level — even a smaller level — of Wrigley Field’s bleachers, Shea’s small section of metal benches and close proximity to the left fielder brings a different feel to the game. In Flushing, the picnic area
David Wright’s walk-off homer, Aug. 7, 2008 Originally uploaded by NJ Baseball On Wednesday night, I turned to a co-worker after David Wright committed the error that allowed the Padres to tie the game. “He needs a day off tomorrow,” I said. After baserunning blunders the last two nights, some limp at-bats in clutch situations,
I did something I’d never done at Shea Stadium before: I fell asleep. Here’s the backstory: I worked Wednesday night, but managed to get into bed by 3 a.m. I planned on a good six hours’ sleep before waking up to dash to the ATM for cash, have breakfast, shower and get on the train.
I knew something was up at 1:05, when Oliver Perez still hadn’t warmed up for a 1:10 first pitch. Moments later, the announcement came: A water main break cut off water flow to Shea. So the game is being delayed because the field is too DRY. The game is now set for a 1:50 start
I’m always wary when going to Shea Stadium with the Braves in town. I tend to get my hopes up — This is the day. Today, they’ll turn it around and bury those punks. — only to have Tim Hudson throw a one-hitter through seven, or some such dominance. Had I attended last night’s game,