Thursday, April 06, 2006

Opening Night at Shea!

Originally uploaded by dangunderman.
(Not to be confused with Opening Day, which was Monday.)

It was cold last night. Really cold. It got even colder when the Nationals came from behind to steal the win away from Brian Bannister who, in his Major League debut, had a no-hitter into the 6th inning. He had a one-run lead when he left the game, and then new superstar closer Billy Wagner blew the save, something he did once all of last season. There were calls for the return of Braden Looper, but I think they were being facetious, as a disappointed Mets fan is wont to be.

Still, there were highlights. Oh, yes, there were highlights...

- Geoff Tate, lead singer of (the borough of) Queensryche, sang the national anthem. There's this delay between when the singer sings and the voice comes through the PA. So if you're at field level near the performer, you can hear the voice before it's amplified. I was pretty high up in the mezzanine section, and I could hear Geoff's vocals pre-PA. His voice was completely clear; it had a certain lucidity, if you will, but that lucidity was in no way silent. (Trivia! Queensryche has umlauts over the y! In German, this makes absolutely no fucking sense!)

- A new year brings some new players, and an arsenal of new songs to be spun while said players come up to bat. New catcher Paul LoDuca came up to the Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive." Cliff Floyd kept his kidneys afloat with Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough." (Trivia! Michael Jackson lives in Dubai and tried to buy American ports!)

- Xavier "Who" Nady led off his night with a home run, extending his 1.000 batting average into a second game, but the streak ended there. (Trivia! We will probably never hear from Who again!)

- Second baseman Anderson "Keith" Hernandez made an impressive catch that won't make any highlight reels, because two innings later, he made what was truly the most spectacular catch I've ever seen. He's like Batman out there. Unfortunately, he's a bit of a Joker at the plate. He's oh-for-the season so far, and struck out three times last night. He doesn't look remotely comfortable. (Trivia! My favorite comfort food is macaroni and cheese with ice cream for dessert!)

- When the Mets fans got restless last night, they began a chant of "Yankees suck! Yankees suck!" I'm not sure who these "yankees" are, but apparently, they suck. (Trivia! Lampreys suck, too!)

- I used "Mets Money" to buy my ticket last night. My mom got it for me for Christmas. Thanks, Mom. (Trivia! Don't mock my mother or I'll kick your fucking ass! No one mocks my mother but me!)

Let's Go, Mets!



At 10:23 AM , Anonymous titivil said...

Dude, I was there too. Though we did duck out after nine. Too fucking cold. We'd try to go into stadium for concessions/heat, but it was colder. In the seventh we decided that there would be no extra innings, at least for us. Almost left at the bottom of the ninth, but I was all like, "Guys, three more outs."

Apparently, last night was the game to be at.

At 1:12 PM , Blogger Karl said...

Geoff Tate was trained as an operatic tenor before Queensr├┐che. You probably could have heard him unmiked, if he'd tried hard enough.

And I'd never make fun of your mom. She scares me.

At 1:22 PM , Blogger dan g said...

Easy there, Karl (if that is indeed your name). Ma is also known to drop in on B&E from time-to-time.

At 10:55 AM , Anonymous Ma said...

I just spent last weekend with YOUR ma, Karl (if that is indeed your name). Let's face it -- she's the scary one!

At 4:43 PM , Blogger dan g said...

Oh, snap!

Mothers are insulting mothers here at B&E! It's a new high!

At 6:38 PM , Anonymous o'sunnyside said...

Report on the game AND ma wars -- it just doesn't get any better than that! Thanks, B&E!


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