Today we took the kids to their first Met's game of the season! It was supposed to be a nice mild 50 degree day with lots of sunshine so it seemed like it might work. Plus, it was the Mr. Met Dash, which means the kids get to run the bases after the game. As it turns out it was pretty chilly in the stadium since the sun refused to stay out for very long. There was a 50% off ticket promotion so we got nice seats in the baseline box rather than sitting another level up. For most of the game it was a hit fest for the Marlins while the Mets couldn't seem to get on base, but things started to happen in the last few innings making for an exciting game.
Colin put his rally cap on in the bottom of the 9th when the score was Marlins 3 Mets 2 with one man on. The next batter hit a single that got streched into a double and Mets had two men in scoring position with only 1 out.
Colin was playing with the hat and took it off while Marlon Byrd took a ball. We had him put the hat back on rally style (inside out for all you non-baseball aficionados) and CRACK! A game winning walk off double! The crowd goes wild, and we convince Colin it was all in the hat!
Colin did a happy dance for the next three minutes. It was absolutely adorable! It was a pretty lifeless game up to that point (although Daniel Murphy did hit a solo home run in the 6th bringing out the home run apple which is always a kid pleaser!) so it was great to give Colin a good 1st game. Thanks Mets for making that happen today!
Next, we waited in line for about a half hour with our friends Dr. Jen, Dr. Ryan and Eli to run the bases. Thankfully we were in the sun so while it was chilly it was tolerable. Here is Meg ready to get down and run!
A quick photo opp in the corner of city field before the take off running from first base. Of course Colin thought of this as a race rather than rounding the bases so Daddy and Meghan had to struggle to keep pace.
Colin gives Mr. Met a big high five as he rounds second. I was nervous when I saw Mr. Met looming at second thinking Colin would detour since last year he would not get that close. Obviously in vain, he loved it!
Meghan on the other hand was less than enthusiastic to be greeted by a giant baseball headed man.
Colin crosses home plate after passing a slower moving older child. He must have replayed that pass about 10 times for us on the trip home. I'm pretty sure the other kid slowed up to allow a sibling to catch up but Colin saw it as his chance to make a move! He took the inside track and zoomed by him. Life is a race when you are 4 years old.
As per our previously agreed upon arrangement, Sean was to carry Meghan until they got close to home plate so I could get the picture of her crossing the plate. When we did this with Colin at this age he started the trip running and got tired and had to be carried across home plate so I planned ahead. Unfortunately poor Meg did not like the idea of getting down after being approached by the giant baseball head..
She warmed up to the idea a little bit when she got to stand on the shape on the ground. She has a thing (as Colin did at this age) for standing directly on the circle in the center of the elevator. She likes shapes I guess.
Colin hanging onto the dugout for the visiting team. It was pretty cool to get to be so close to everything on the field.
Quick picture with Dad before being shooed off the field. I don't know how long we will live in the city, maybe forever, maybe not, but doing these activities with the kids makes it worth the hassle. Wrestling Meg in the stands isn't the most fun a person can have on a Sunday afternoon but we are making memories!
From the subway platform as we wait for the train.