These 2 two stadiums are shutting it down after this season. The Mets are currently constructing Citi Field just beyond Shea's centerfield wall. It is going to be gorgeous. The Yankees are building an exact replica of Yankee Stadium, complete with luxury boxes, super-luxury boxes, and super-duper-luxury boxes.
Me and four of my buddies are taking a whirlwind trip to pay our respects to these two hallowed grounds. (The Yankees have legends park and the Mets have that giant apple!) We fly in to NY Saturday morning and fly out Sunday night. Needless to say, I'll be a tired boy when I go in to teach my unsympathetic 8th graders on Monday.
Saturday: Atlanta Braves (JoJo Reyes) at New York Mets (Pedro)
The Braves are out of the NL East conversation but Larry and the boys are sure to be ready to ruin another playoff run for the Mets. Pedro is usually good for 5, which leaves 4 innings of uneasiness for us Mets fan as Heilman and the Wagnerless pen take over. Chipper didn't name his kid Shea for nothing. Let's hope he won't name his next son Citi.
Petey has the HOF credentials but he is being held together with scotch tape these days. (and not the kind you can't get off of toploaders)
Sunday: Tampa Bay Rays (Edwin Jackson) at New York Yankees (Carl Pavano)
Despite the weak pitching matchup, this one should be fun. Tampa is looking to hold off the surging Sox and the Yankees are, well, trying to avoid being booed off the field by their own fans. Since I live in Durham, NC, I pull for the Rays. Their AAA affiliate, the Durham Bulls, have been fun to watch the last few years.
Edwin pitches behind the likes of Kazmir, Shields, and Garza, but has been solid for the Rays all year. He doesn't match up with Pedro but he looks just fine against Carl Pavano.
The playoffs are on the line and I can't wait to see some Major League Baseball!
The early weather report says there's a chance of rain both days so wish us luck that we don't fly to NY just to hang out for 2 days.