Join the New York Mets as they hit Citi Field for more high-quality baseball games this season. The New York Mets have had a strong start in 2018 and the players of this long-running franchise are eager and ready to beat the odds and find a stronger record this year. But whether or not manager, Mickey Callaway can pull off a winning season is anyone’s guess, but true Mets fans will stick around for the entire ride.
Whether you have followed the team for years or if you’ve only recently cheered on the Blue, Orange, and White you can expect high-level play for all of the Mets home games this year. The Mets have all the tools they need to come out on top, from Seth Lugo’s insane curveball, Michael Conforto’s home run threat, to “Thor” Noah Syndergaard’s incredible pitching numbers. So if you think the Mets can’t keep up this season, then you have another thing coming.
Sports commentators are keeping a close eye on the Mets and with their new slogan of LFGM rallying players and fans alike, it’s any wonder why a game day at Citi Field is always the loudest day of the year in Queens, New York! Don’t miss out and order your tickets while supplies last!
Head to Head with the Mets Rivals
The New York Mets are never short on intense rivalries that drive the team to play their best. Whenever the Mets squares off against their heated rivals, Citi Field erupts as fans of both teams cheer on every point, strikeout, and a home run. If you want to see the best home games, then don’t miss out on catching any Mets game against the rivals below.
The New York Yankees is one of the most famous Mets rivalries in what’s known as the Subway Series. This rivalry has lasted in exhibition games long before the introduction of Interleague play and has been the highlight of the baseball season for city residents. Now that interleague play has had its inception, the two teams have squared off every season since 1997, with no less than six games since ‘99 until 2013. This rivalry fuels both teams and has pushed them to the postseason at the same time in 1999, 2000, 2006, and 2015, with a World Series face-off in 2000.
As for National League play, the hot rivalry is the one between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves, where they compete in the National League East. The confrontation began back in 1969 when the Mets swept the Braves on their way to the World Series championship. But the powder keg exploded in the 1990s when the Mets and Braves were placed in the same division. The team faced off in the 1999 NLCS, with the Braves winning the series four to two. But the Mets got the last laugh as the Braves were defeated by the Yankees in the 1999 World Series.
But most fans say that the Mets has no hotter rivalry than the one that’s brewed between them and the Philadelphia Phillies. The rivalry got its start during the 80s after several brawls. But it didn’t spark off since neither team was equally as strong at the same time. But when the Mets won the division in 2006 after fighting against the Phillies for playoff position, all bets were off. The Phillies have since won five division titles from 2007 to 2011 including the 2007 series where the Mets lost a seven-game lead with 17 games remaining, losing 12 of 18 games to the Phillies. To this day, the Mets are still ready and eager to face-off against the Phillies.
All About Manager Mickey Callaway
Mickey Callaway was always going to be involved in baseball ever since his MLB debut in 1999 with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. During his first game, he pitched 6 innings for the win going 2 for 3 in RBI. Callaway remained with the Devil Rays until he was traded for Wilmy Caceres before the 2002 season. Callaway became the Angels fifth starter at the end of 2002 when Aaron Sele was benched due to shoulder injury. During this outing, he pitched well enough to earn a World Series ring, though the Angels failed to bring him out for postseason play. His career went on to take him to the Texas Rangers after he was released from the Angels, as well as playing for the Hyundai Unicorns in Asia where he became a two-time league All-Star.
With the record wins and strong record he put up, he was chosen to serve as interim Head Coach for Texas A&M International University in 2008 and later signed on with the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions for the Chinese Professional Baseball League where he won his team a playoff berth.
His coaching career took off when he signed with the Laredo Broncos in 2008 as a player-pitching coach, which was also his last season as a player. He later served as pitching coach for the Lake County Captains, as well as the Kinston Indians in 2011. He moved up from the minor leagues to become the Cleveland Indians pitching coach in 2013. His career took off from his work with the New York Yankees.
Finally, in 2017, Callaway was named as New York Mets manager replacing Terry Collins who had recently retired. His first twelve games set a Mets record for the best start in club history with an incredible 11 wins and 1 loss. While his 2018 season ended with a disappointing 77-85 record that kept The Mets from the postseason. But his experience and pedigree are what many fans are calling the ingredient that the Mets has been missing this entire time.
The Things to See While You’re at Citi Field Stadium
While you are spending your afternoon with the New York Mets, make sure you check out some of the more exciting facts and attractions that you can only find there.
No matter where you are seated in the 41,922 capacity seating, your seat is colored green as an homage to the Polo Grounds, which were the original home for the Mets. Citi Fields interior designs were influenced by PNC Park, which was Mets COO Jeff Wilpon’s favorite Ballpark, but you can also find influence from Coors Field, Citizens Bank Park, and Great American Ball Park among others.
One of the first attractions that you have to visit is the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, which was named after legendary Brooklyn Dodgers player, Jackie Robinson. The front entrance of Citi Field has a wide 160-foot-diameter floor with archways that are etched with words and images depicting Robinson’s nine core values; Courage, Excellence, Persistence, Justice, Teamwork, Commitment, Citizenship, Determination, and Integrity. Robinson’s famous quote, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives” is engraved in the upper ring of the rotunda. You also won’t want to miss the 8-foot sculpture of Robinson’s number 42.
But it isn’t all about history, as Citi Field also brings some fun family-oriented attractions as well as some game day bonuses. These include an attraction carried over from the previous Shea Stadium, is the Home Run Apple. Traditionally, whenever a Mets player hits a home run, a giant apple lights up, rising from the center-field batter’s eye. The current Home Run Apple was constructed for Citi Field and is four times as large as the previous one. Citi Field also has a FanFest area behind the center-field scoreboard that is a family entertainment area complete with miniature wiffleball replica of Citi Field, a batting cage, a dunk tank, and other fun attractions.
Finally, you can’t miss out on the Mets Hall of Fame & Museum, which is located next to the Jackie Robinson Rotunda. The museum offers attractions including plaques honoring Mets Hall of Fame inductees, World Series trophies from 69-86, artifacts on loan from Baseball memorabilia collectors including scouting reports and handwritten notes. You’ll also be able to find the original Mr. Met mascot costume and David Cone’s jersey following his 19 strikeout game on October 6, 1991.