Shea Stadium will be opening for batting practice in 12 hours and 11 minutes. I’d kind of like to be there, but it’s only the second game of the season, and there’s no telling how big the crowd will be. It’s not that I can’t catch balls in a packed house…it’s that I don’t catch quite as many and don’t have nearly as much fun in the process.
Most new ballparks can handle big crowds. The aisles are wide. The concourses are spacious. The urinals are plentiful. And there are lots of outfield seats for people to spread out in BP. But Shea (located in Flushing, Queens) is the sixth oldest ballpark in the majors, and it was designed by monkeys. Small monkeys. Even though it can hold about 55,000, it becomes unbearable when the attendance swells past 35,000–at least for me.
So I’ll be watching from home later this evening. If there’s a significant drop in attendance, I might head out for tomorrow night’s game.
UPDATE: 12:47pm, and it’s SNOWING. So much for batting practice.
UPDATE PART TWO: 4:07pm. Sunny. I give up.