Left field at Citi Field

In case you missed it, here’s the latest photo of the new left field seats at Citi Field. The Mets posted it yesterday on their Twitter feed (@Mets). Check it out:

Looks . . . interesting. And potentially awesome. I heard a rumor, though, that the new seats are going to sell for $100 apiece and include an all-you-can-eat deal with waiter service. Can anyone confirm this? What does everyone think?

(Also, two additional playoff teams?! This could turn out to be great, but I’m not sold yet. I love how hard it is/was to make it to the post-season. Major League Baseball is becoming more like the other major team sports — not necessarily a bad thing, but right now I feel a bit queasy.)


  1. Todd A

    Hey Zack – I’m not sure about the Mets seats, but as far as the new added playoff team – Bad idea. The reason they are adding it is because they didn’t like seeing teams shut it down toward the end of a season because they had the Wild Card spot to fall in to. So, this is how I imagine it sounds in their heads: “Wow, this Wild Card is causing problems. Hmmm…. Let’s add ANOTHER!!! Yesssss!”.. I sit back and shake my head.
    If it was to be fixed, then a revamp was needed, but their solution should be to eliminate the Wild Card that is causing the problem, not add more..

    But it’s all a numbers game. More teams in = More $$.

    33 (now) days to Opening Day! I really do love baseball so much, that I can’t wait. I hope you are able to make a California Bay Area tour again this year.

  2. Chris

    Zack – I like the expanded playoff format myself. As a long-suffering Jays fan (back-to-back WS titles are a fond memory) it would be nice to get back to Oct baseball after nearly 20 years!

  3. mlblogsbigglovebob

    I guess that adding more teams doesn’t really offend my sensibilities…as long as it doesn’t get too out of hand. I still think that only good teams will get in.

    Big Glove Bob

  4. Leigh B.

    We need to move the RF fence in at PETCO.

    “Just make it fair.” – Phil Nevin former Padres first baseman

  5. Zack Hample

    TODD A-
    Yeah, exactly. More teams = more money. I do think that it could add a lot more excitement, though, but I need to see it to believe it. As for California . . . unlikely. I probably won’t be traveling nearly as much this year.

    Damn, has it really been that long?

    With MLB now sending the top third of teams into the playoffs, teams barely have to be better than average to make it. Right?

    As a baseball fan, I love huge ballparks; as a ballhawk, I hate ’em. PETCO is still one of the best, though, with unique snagging opportunities all over.

  6. Skim

    The format of playoffs in the NBA and NHL scares me because more than half of the teams make it. You barely have to be good (the Knicks) to make it to the playoffs. As of now, I believe the Knicks are the 8th best team in their conference.

  7. mlblogsbigglovebob

    There is a big difference between a third and a half. So I would not agree that you merely need to be barely above average.

    I think it leads to a little more excitement.

    Big Glove Bob

  8. Father Puck

    I like the fact that the expanded playoffs have a one-game elimnation. It makes being the regular season divsion winner that much more important.

    The lowering opf the fences at Citi is a great move–if three years overdue. Better late than never. I’m sure they will sell these at a premium (ot at least try), which probably makes them off limits for BP.

  9. kslo69

    Nice one Skim. I don’t have so much a problem with the wildcard addition since the 2 WC’s will have to play to eliminate each other before they will face a division winner. It almost makes it a harder road for the WC team. What makes me uneasy is the talk about bringing the DH to the NL. I think that would be a real shame. Can anyone confirm or deny these heinous rumors?

  10. kslo69

    btw, I agree with you about the ballparks. If Bud wants to make another change, I vote for a minimum 380′ to the foul poles, 400′ to center for all new ballparks. We can start the petition here! 8D

  11. Zack Hample

    An eight-place team has NO business in the playoffs (unless there are 80 teams in the division).

    There might end up being a gap in deep right-center. We’ll all know in a month.

    I guess so.

    I will if someone else pays for it. Otherwise, it’s highly doubtful.

    Good points all around. (Nice to hear from you.)

    Depends on the quality. If it’s just a bunch of hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn, and soda, I’d be pretty unhappy.

    WHAT?!?! This is the first I’ve heard of NL/DH talk. Say it ain’t so. Meanwhile, 380 is a bit far for the foul lines. I’d say 350.

  12. kslo69

    I hope it ain’t. I’ve heard it described as something on Bud’s to do list. Maybe just idle chatter. I find it comforting you haven’t heard these heresies.365′.

  13. Mateo Fischer

    I was at a Sports Analytics panel over the weekend and John Thorn, the baseball historian, made an interesting point when he said, (talking about new statistics) “There is a reason that baseball is so endearing to people, and whenever something changes in it, they will be skeptical at first…” Now logistically speaking, the first reaction the Twins fan in me had is that it woul be great, but then I thought back to those tie-breaker games and remembered how the better team going in lost both games, it is a good system only insofar as it does encourage winning the division, *because* the one-game playoff is so unfair to the teams involved. Anyway, I guess the only way to whether it is a good system is just to wait and see…

  14. Stef

    Hey Zack, look what the Mets are using this year….oh no now you’re gonna hate me for showing you early lol

    You going to Opening Day?

  15. Zack Hample

    Be comforted, my friend.

    I think you have the right idea: wait and see. It’s not really fair to bash something until you give it a chance, right? (Certain exceptions apply.)

    In my opinion, ballpark nachos suck beyond belief because they don’t come with real cheese. I hate that cheese “sauce” crap. Get me some REAL cheese and grate it on and melt it.

    You think I was dumb enough to click that link? No Opening Day for me. I’ll wait for the mayhem to subside and then make my move.

    CHRIS H-
    Thanks for the list of baseballs, but I’m not looking at any of the designs beforehand — only as I snag them in the stands.

  16. Nicholas Badders

    I feel very spoiled on a certain level that I have the chance to ballhawk at the Coliseum where the average attendance is 17,000… but then again, it is the Coliseum… oh, and I have Nachos the same way… chips with melted grated cheese

  17. Double T

    At my hometown Triple A ballpark the have a concession stand dedicated to nachos. yes, real cheese.

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