Ever since I was a child -- and those in the know, still say I am -- I have been a Mets fan. I was too young and not around to see them play in the Polo Grounds, but always considered my second home to be Shea Stadium.
So, the finality is starting to hit, even though the season hasn't opened that this will be Shea Stadium's swan song. So hard to believe. Remember the days when the big orange and blue squares adorned the outside? God, I miss that.
There has been a lot of talk about the final tickets going for thousands of dollars. If I was a millionaire, I'd think nothing of it. But, sadly, I am not. I settled for the next best thing, a 13 game Sunday package which guaranteed me a place to park my ass on September 28. Though it is high up in the upper reserved section, I will be there to take in the sites and the game and to take a ton of pix (Note to self, buy a 4GB SD card -- No, TWO!) and maybe I will bring a plastic bag and scoop up some dirt as a momento.
Yes. I am a die hard fan.
But, a friend pointed out to me to be not so poignant - he said there will be playoffs and World Series Games in October. I know he's right.
What does this mean for 2009? Well, 10000 less folks to make a sellout. But this is akin to the salmon swimming against the tide. The Mets are on a riptide winning streak and we need MORE seats, not less.
I do know one thing. I will be at Shea, CitiField and wherever the Mets will play. See, before I mentioned I was not rich. But, I am a blue blood. With some orange mixed in.