Today we were going to go to CW Post to see a college football game, but since the weather was damp we decided to see the movie Eagle Eye. When we cam home the Mets were in the fourth inning. Johann Santana pitched a complete game as the Mets beat Florida 2-0. Later in the afternoon the Cubs beat the Brewers so tomorrows last game will have meaning since the Mets can still win the wild card.
Let me use today' journal entry to recall some of the games that I saw at Shea. I got tickets with my 9th grade classmate Alan Metzer to see the second game played there on April 18, 1964. On the subway we saw from a distance our Spanish teacher Miss Singer. The Mets lost that game to the Pittsburgh Pirates but when we returned to Spanish class on Monday we discussed the game in Spanish. In June of 1964 I went to my second game with my dad and sister right after my junior high school graduation. Later in the 60s I usually went with friends a couple of times a year to Shea. In the 70s when I lived away from Queens I would always make sure I went to one or two games a season when I visited my parents.
In 1978 I saw Fuzzy for the very first time. He was and still is a diehard who sits in section one of the upper deck. He and his crew of diehards would be there for every game. In Queens Bnai Birth singles I might Howie who was another diehard who sat with Fuzzy's gang. I never took a date to a ball game until I met Karen in the early 80s. Lee's first game was in 1993 as Florida beat the Mets. That was a terrible year for the Amazins since they had a worse record than an expansion team. In recent years we have purchased a 7 pack which included a game against the Yankees. This year our 7 pack included the last regular season game to be played at Shea.