The votes from my last entry are in:
29 people voted that I should attend the college game at Citi Field on March 29th.
24 people voted that I should skip the college game and wait for the real thing.
So, it’s official: I’m going for the sneak peek on March 29th, but let me clear something up…
It has nothing to do with my streak.
Several people suggested that I should attend the college game in order to protect the streak (which currently stands at 569 consecutive games with at least one ball). The logic was that I’d get to familiarize myself with Citi Field during a meaningless exhibition game so that when I’m finally there for real on April 15th, I’d then be better prepared to run right in and start snagging baseballs.
Without a sneak peek, you don’t think I’d find a way to get ONE ball that entire day? Come on. Do you really think I’m worried about getting shut out? I’m not being cocky. I’m not claiming I’m going to snag at least 10 balls that day. Just one. And don’t forget…my friend(ly acquaintance) Heath Bell will be in town with the Padres.
I’m aware of the charity factor, and that IS a good reason to go for the sneak peek, but still, if it were up to me, I would totally skip the college game and save my excitement for the real thing. In fact, there’ve been several new stadiums that I’ve made a point of NOT seeing in advance–not even on TV–so that I was able to challenge myself when I finally made it there.
Anyway, yes, I’ll be at Citi Field on March 29th. Who else is going for sure? How are you planning to make the most of your time inside the stadium? I think we should all meet up somewhere. How about outside the Jackie Robinson Rotunda at 10am? That would give us half an hour (or so) to hang out before the place opens…right? I think we should get a group photo for this blog. Maybe play catch for a few minutes? (Ten-way catch might be tough.)
In other news, I’m in the new issue of Yankees Magazine. CLICK HERE for the full-sized article on my web site.