Citi Field, Phillies vs. Mets
Yesterday, I went to a sportsball game for the first time, Phillies vs. Mets. I’m not a fan (of any sport), but I thought it would be a good experience for me, I wanted to know what this whole “sports” thing is all about.
Everyone I went with knew this was my first time, so they were all super helpful, explaining the rules of the games and what’s going on around the field in general. For instance, sometimes in between innings, the oompa loompas go out to the infield to sweep up the sand. Usually they sing a song, but yesterday was not a good game for the Mets, so they were a little less festive in their performance.
It was a really bad game for the Mets, actually. Phillies scored 8 goals just on the first inning. When we got to the fifth inning and the Mets still had not scored any goals, we put on our rally caps. The rally cap, my friend explained, comes from an old biblical tradition, where the jews used to wear their kippah inside out and backwards as a sign of despair/desperation (my friend should know, he’s Jewish!). So we too wore our caps inside out and backwards. And what do you know, it worked! The Mets scored their first and only home run of the night on that fifth inning, and I got to see the big apple lights up. I was a little disappointed because my friend told me earlier in the game that when they bring up the home run apple, there’d be fireworks and laser show. There was none of that, but still, it was pretty exciting.
All in all, even though it was a make up game (and one of the last games of the season), and the stadium was 80% empty, a grand time was had by all of us.