On Thursday, I went to my very first baseball game ever! It was the New York Mets vs. the San Diego Padres at CitiField in Queens, New York.
Now, I’m not a huge fan of baseball, but I was excited for the experience (and the free ticket)! I currently work at a summer camp so this was one of our field trips. The bus ride wasn’t that long, it only took us about 20 minutes to get there. When we got off the bus, it was really hectic to navigate through the big crowds to get to the ticket booth area. There were so many people there and other summer camps as well. Finally we got to the Left Field entrance and got in line for the security to scan us and check our bags.
Security scanning didn’t go as smoothly as planned. CitiField has this rule that guests cannot enter with large backpacks so some of the kids and staff had to leave their belongings outside of the stadium with a couple supervisors that watched it. Some people genuinely didn’t know about the rule and were really confused and angry about it. Some people thought their bags were small enough to enter with and others probably just forgot about the rule.
Anyway, when we finally got in, there was even more walking to do. By now, I was really hot, hungry and really tired from the entire day. We went up to the fourth floor of the stadium and sat really high up and I think those seats are known as “the outfield.” Again, not a major baseball fan (or any sport for that matter). Luckily, our seats were in the shade so we finally got a break from the sun beating down on us and a chance to relax.
The view was amazing, I didn’t mind being up so high and watching the game. Since this was my first baseball game ever, I didn’t know what to expect. I thought you just sit there and watch baseball and that was that. I didn’t know that there would be cool music and sound effects or challenges for audience members to win cool prizes. I never realized how much advertisement took part in these sporting events either. I saw so many signs and commercials for different companies and charities. There were lots of fun and creative ways to pass the time while the baseball players were prepping themselves for the game.
One thing the kids really loved to do was scream. Every time they would see “Let’s Go Mets!” pop up on the big screen or the “energy meter,” they would go nuts. A lot of them didn’t even care if it was time to cheer or not, they just kept rooting for the Mets. I could’ve done my first baseball game without all of the screaming little kids bursting my eardrums, but I’d be lying if I said they didn’t get me hyped up.
I thought it was cool that each player’s headshot and stats were projected on the big screen. Most of them had a cool intro song too which helped rile up the crowd even more. I had no idea what was going on when they were playing or how to read the scores, but I still had fun!
We didn’t stay for the whole game because it was time to head back to the summer camp. I really enjoyed the experience but I felt like it could have been better if it wasn’t so hot and I wasn’t so hangry. Everything at the stadium was so overpriced too. My coworker paid $21 for chicken tenders and fries with a coke. My other coworker paid $27 for the same thing and a big pretzel. She gave me a piece of her pretzel, and it was suuuuuuuper salty 🤮. There was also this guy walking around selling bottles of water for $5.75 and cokes for $6!
My first baseball game wasn’t the best experience but it could have been worse. If I do ever go back to one, I want to go with someone that will help me understand the game. I also want to stay for the whole thing. And even though all of the food is super overpriced, I do wanna try it at least once and maybe even get a cool souvenir. I also have to decide if I’m a Mets or Yankees fan!