On Friday night, the King and I were at Taste of Dolly's having dinner before the Mets and Cubs game at Citi Field. While we were eating I got a call from some people we met when we were in Tokyo, Japan back in 2000 to see the Mets ironically play the Cubs to open the season. They were none other than Dennis and Sue Kelly, who were originally from Long Island. Back in 1980, they moved to Irvine, California which is near Anaheim and they've been out there since.
Over the years, we've stayed in touch and we've taken turns visiting each other a number of times. This time they returned to NYC along with Dennis' brother Bob, who lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The King and I recently saw Bob in March when we went down South to Norfolk.
They said they were on their way to Citi Field and they needed tickets for the game. They called the right person as I was able to arrange to get them what they needed. I wound up meeting them outside the ballpark with tickets for the game. They were very grateful that I came through on last minute notice. We proceeded to go inside and we all enjoyed each other's company as well as the game. The Mets won in dramatic fashion, 5-4 as Justin Turner delivered the game winning single after the Cubs fought back to tie the game in top of the ninth inning.
After the game, we all went to Donovan's Pub in Woodside for a victory meal and some drinks. Dennis and Sue had gone there with us another time in the past. After we enjoyed our food and drinks, we said our goodbyes and we parted ways.
I want to thank them for coming back home if you will. They're all big Met fans and at least despite the rollercoaster season it's been for the Mets, I'm glad they got to see them win. Dennis and Sue came to see Citi Field for the first time. Bob had been there a few times already.
I hope to return to Southern California in the future so we can arrange to meet up again.
Stay tuned for Part 2 from that weekend as more special guests came in to NYC to visit and remember that horrible day back in 2001.
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