I had to cut short my weekend basketball (not easy when you shoot 75%) for baseball (well, sort of). I accepted an invite to visit Citifield – home of my beloved Mets with Shelly. Doors opened at 12:30 p.m. and hoops officially ends at noon but often runs a bistle over. Needless to say, we arrived a bit early. We met my brand new group sales liaison. Shelly then took and posted a photo of the “new Mets owner” on social media. Anyone who requested tickets I directed to June 9 (and not many remain so – as they say – act soon!).
Later we toured visiting and home clubhouses, checked out the Mets batting cages and where players do sprints to warm up during games. We also learned players take advantage of video to see how they fared against opposing pitchers.
Also learned the starting pitcher chooses the music that plays in the Clubhouse ahead of games.
Another tidbit: David Wright’s locker lies just within the entrance and includes a helmet gifted by none other than Michael Strahan.
I took a few swings in the batting cage. Thankfully I did not embarrass myself.
We also took a nice “couples” pic from the dugout.
We also got fed but that mattered more to some others. Really!
The highlight involved not just a talk by GM Sandy Alderson, but comments he made about a certain infielder who I argue offers more for the Mets than most players discussed as possible trade or free agent acquisitions. He talked about Wilmer Flores as someone who can play any IF position and who manager Mickey Callaway could pencil in at 2B or 1B (though this corner position remains congested with Adrian Gonzalez, Dominic Smith and possibly Jay Bruce. He touted Wilmer’s OPS, just shy of .800. So went my plan to confront the GM.