What a perfect way to spend a summer Sunday afternoon — sitting in the shade at Citi Field, a beautiful blonde by my side, watching my Mets shut out the Atlanta Braves. Seven scoreless innings by Johan Santana, a rare 1-2-3 ninth from K-Rod, a thundering home run to straightaway center by Ike Davis, a gutsy two-out, pinch-hit single by catcher-of-the-future Josh Thole.
It was my first trip to Citi Field — money was a little tight last year, when the Mets first moved in. It’s a beautiful ballpark, and despite my tendency toward nostalgia, I’m not going to miss Shea at all.
The promotional giveaway was Jason Bay bobble-head dolls — and the slumping Bay sat the game out. On the way out of the stadium I heard someone say “Jason Bay bobble-heads, ten dollars.” I thought he was selling as a joke, turns out he was buying for real. The Web Goddess and I handed over our unopened boxes and collected a twenty-dollar bill. I’m baffled by the transaction, but it covered our parking. Barely.
Oil spill, Afghanistan, recession, whatever. Those things will matter tomorrow. For today, I’ve been to a ball game, my team won, and now I’m safe at home.