Cliff Lee was on the mound for the Phillies against future minor leaguer Bobby Parnell. Guess who won?
This is the fisheye version of the view from my seat. I'm just below the press level and, from what I heard, above Jerry Seinfeld's suite. I'm guessing Jerry had the common sense to stay home.
This is the Empire level, near the entrance to the suite. Those are replica baseball cards of Mets greats hanging on the wall. There is a lot of empty space, but it sure is clean.
The view from inside the luxury suite. Number 220, for the record (as if there is one). Also, for the record, I did not leave the refrigerator door open.
They serve more food than 30 people could eat in three days. Thick burgers, fries, chicken fingers, pretzels, cookies and um ... beer. Lots of beer. Well, maybe not more beer than 30 people could drink in three days ... but a lot of food, to be sure. A lot of it was left over, and I'm hoping they took it to a homeless shelter and didn't just throw it out. If they want to throw something out, start with the Mets.
This is the left field concourse. It's open to the field like our ballpark in Philadelphia, but the overhang from the upper level makes the view a little narrow. It's also dark. I had to brighten the contrast a lot to show the detail.
There's a fake steel girder bridge-type thing in right-center field. A little like our Ashburn Alley, but WAY more commercialized. There are shops, a Verizon booth and a market. Really - a market, with produce and stuff. See a game, do your shopping. I suppose that's supposed to give "mom" something to do while the men are watching the game? However, since the Mets are more like store clerks than baseball players, it seems oddly appropriate.
In Philadelphia, the open spaces are dedicated to food. In New York, it's all about retail. I think that's a big difference between Philly and New York and why I like it here.
This is a giant ... um ... advertising board in left field that faces out to the parking area and I-278. There are more ads in this place than your average magazine - and that's a lot of ads. The field is littered with them and everywhere you go there's another ad for something else. Maybe they should advertise for some players, because the ones they have stink.
Part of the experience is the shopping aspect. In addition to the market, there are apparel shops and souvenir stands up the wazoo. According to the local radio, they're making three times the money here than they did at Shea. No wonder.
This is the interior of the Rotunda that I showed you from the outside. Around the walls there is a tribute to Jackie Robinson, which is nice, but I fail to see the relationship to the Mets.