AttendanceWatch never stops…

It’s 4:29am.

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.

UrinalsMost 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.



    Shea shmea. Sit back, enjoy the opening week, and pounce next homestand. (Which is not an ideal stand I might add, so things should really start heating up ball wise in May with a spectacular 5 day 7 pm game string to kick off the month.)

  2. Zack

    Hello, Grocery Man. I know you’re probably right, but I just can’t help it. I saw the attendance drop off to 15,000 in Milwaukee and got all excited that something similar could happen at Shea. Then again, the Brewers don’t have Reyes, Wright, Beltran, Delgado, Pedro, Glavine, Wagner, or Ramon Castro.

    Last night, I dreamt that Josias Manzanillo tossed me three balls in a row. I miss him. Where is he?


    Last I heard of Josias was last season when he was in camp with the Red Sox. Guess he’s out of the game right now.

  4. Zack

    Oh, hey. Thanks for the update. I’ll look him up online later and see what I can find. I realize he’s old and ineffective, but he’s one of the all-time nice guys, and it’d be cool to see him one more time in ’06.

  5. albert


    I went to Opening Night at Petco Monday Night I used your glove trick it works really well and I used a lot of your other tricks I got 6 balls most ever


    Good job albert… in the season lead… Zack looks like you got some competition this year!


    screw snow. football players play in snow, so why can’t baseball players?

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