Moments ago, the Nats lost their first-ever game at Citi Field in New York, and I have mixed feelings about the ballpark.
The Mets may have some hitters who aren't too happy with this place in the months to come.
David Wright lost at least a double and maybe a home run when he went opposite field and was robbed by Austin Kearns.
A sporting goods company's name is on a triangular expanse in right field, where the field gets about 20 feet deeper for no apparent reason. There are quirky angles in deep right-center, and a high wall from left field to center will be tough to hit the ball over.
Locals say the ball hasn't traveled far early in the season here, but as the weather warms up, that should change.
The park appears to be huge, but only seats 112 more than Nationals Park's 41,888, so I think our park is much more intimate.
The bullpen situation is atrocious for visiting teams. In right center field, the Mets' bullpen is at ground level behind the fence; then the Nats' pen is right behind it, but on the same level.
We can't see who's warming up, and we're told the relievers can't see the field and can only watch the game on a TV monitor. Plus, we're told the signal is on a delay, so our guys can't even watch the game live! I've never heard of a park or stadium where a group of players are that separated from the game.
There are also way too many advertising signs of all colors around the Citi Field surface. The Lerners did a good job of integrating advertising into our ballpark without "trashing" it, and Nationals Park is much more pleasing to the eye than New York's new palace.
The TV and radio booths are all tiny as well, but that's our problem and we'll deal with it. For $800 million, it's great for the fans, and that's the bottom line. Of course, except for the bullpens, the park is the same for both teams, so now we need some wins on the road!