This past weekend was the one chance to see the Reds live this year. Well, I could go see them at Yankee Stadium in July but I would have to pull back my pledge to never go to another Yankees game. After paying way too much money to sit in 107 degree temperatures the last time there I am ok not seeing another game in a stadium that resembles a museum rather than a fan friendly atmosphere.
So what did I think about Citi Field? It was awesome. Maybe it was the fact that I got to sit in one of the suites that made it worth while. This was a huge plus on a rainy night with temperatures in the low 40’s. The all you can eat food platters in the suite surely helped out a lot too. As did the fully stocked refrigerator. We were able to get a mini personalized tour of the ballpark from someone who has worked there the last several years and knew the history as well as being a life long Met fan. Mostly though, Citi Field is an awesome park. It is clean and fun. It is nicely laid out with a lot of character and simply a good place to watch a game… but the suite seats helped a lot.
The best part of the night was getting to share all of this with my dad, the guy who taught me to be a Reds fan. Seeing him act like a little kid on Christmas was simply hilarious. My dad, who has never met a stranger, talked to anyone and everyone who would listen about how excited he was. He shared memories from games he has witnessed and stories from different ballparks. He talked about which ballpark had the best food and where his favorite seats have been. He reminisced on the good and the bad the Reds have been through. This was another memorable night I am sure he will talk about for years to come. Thanks for making the trip out here pops and I hope you had a great time.
We didn’t get to watch batting practice from the field like we had planned on due to the rain and the Reds lost. Those were the only two bummers of the evening. The terrible news of the night came when we finally decided to warm up and watch the game from inside the suite and we missed the foul ball that landed in our box… only to be snagged by the kids from the next one over.
Take a look at some of the pictures from my visit to Citi Field. Thanks to everyone who made it possible. You know who you are!