|The Pelle Family - Eddie, Bethany & Jillian|
First of all, the King and I went to Citi Field to see the Mets play. Before the game started, I wound up tracking down Lori Martini who was making her rounds seeing people she knows in the ballpark. I caught up with her in section 504 where she was visiting her friend Ken, a fellow Met fan who she introduced to me.
After spending some qualIty time with them, I went to my usual perch in section 516 where my familiar people reside to watch the rest of the game.
We had some regulars amongst us like Frank Anichiarico, Bryan Gilligan, Vincent Ascanio and Manny Bonilla. We also got a visit from our friend Andy Weinstein who were met on the plane when we were going to Tokyo, Japan from JFK airport back on March 25, 2000 to see the Mets open the season against the Chicago Cubs. Andy lives in West Haven, Connecticut. He owns his own business, Star Tires. If you happen to live in that area or if you're passing through contact him and tell him Royalty sent you. Andy always comes over to visit us when he's able to come down to see the Mets play. For that, we're very grateful.
Furthermore, we had some more very special guests join us. They were Eddie Pelle who met me in December 2010 thanks to my blog that he found when he did a sports travel search. He came by with his wife Bethany and their adorable daughter Jillian who was born on July 2, 2011. She was dressed up in a Met outfit. She was attending her first baseball game at the tender age of nine months and five days.
It was an honor and privilege to be able to take part in this special occasion for the Pelle family.
My pal Kurt Smith, the author of Ballpark E-Guides needs to take notes because he just became a proud Daddy on Valentine's Day when his daughter Sarah Victoria was born. He said he can't wait to take her to her first baseball game.
I'm afraid the heat is on for him. He needs get her to one before the season ends so he can say his daughter beat Jillian to her first age wise.
As for boys, the Ultimate Sports Baby, Dylan Van Cleve saw his first baseball game at Wrigley Field when he was a mere three days old. That's not a typo.
As for the game we saw, the Mets completed the sweep of the Braves as they beat them, 7-5.
After the game, we said our goodbyes to everybody except our buddy Manny Bonilla who decided he wanted to join the King and I for the Net game we were attending against the Cavaliers in Newark, NJ at the Prudential Center.
We wound up meeting our friend Dennis Barbara after the Met game because he said he would drive us there since he had room in his car. That was very nice of him.
As a result, we got there with plenty of time to spare. Manny needed a ticket so we wound up getting him one outside and we proceeded to go in.
As for the game we saw, the Nets beat the Cavaliers who were missing their rookie sensation, Kyrie Irving in overtime, 122-117.
After the game, we all took the Path train back to NYC. We said goodbye to Manny and the King and I continued on our way home.
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