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Monday, June 4, 2012

Royalty w/o 5/28 in review

National Anthem on Memorial Day
Monday was Memorial Day so I was off from work so to speak. It was a day of remembrance as we saluted the fallen heroes who lost their lives fighting for our right to live free here in America. They may be gone but they're never forgotten.

As for the King and I we went to Citi Field to see the Mets play the Phillies in a holiday matinee game.
Our friend Frank Anichiarico joined us so did Vincent Ascanio. We also had our pal Frankie Centola who came up from Philadelphia for the game. We arranged to get him a ticket.

As for the game we saw, the Phillies scored first as former Met Ty Wigginton delivered a two run double in the third inning. The Mets tied it in the fifth inning as Vinny Rottino hit a laser beam over the fence in left field to tie the game at two. In the sixth inning, the Phillies regained the lead as John Mayberry Jr. hit a two run homer to make it 4-2 Phillies. In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Mets tied it up again as Scott Hairston hit a two run home run. In the seventh inning, Ty Wigginton got a run scoring single to give the Phillies' a 5-4 lead. He continued to haunt his former team as he hit a three run homer to put the game out of reach as the Phillies beat the Mets, 8-4. Ty Wigginton finished the game with three hits, a single, double and home run. He also walked twice and he drove in six runs. What a game he had. The Mets had a chance to win this game but their bullpen imploded.

After the game, since we had no other games to get to, we wound up going home.

Tuesday morning before I went back to work, I went to Avis to return the car I rented for the weekend. I safely drove 423 miles over the long holiday weekend. After work I went to Taste of Dolly's for dinner on my way to Citi Field.

I hopped back on the 7 train for one stop to get to Citi Field. On my way, I got a tweet from a fellow ballpark chaser, Bill Pritchard who said he's going to the game too.

We wound up hooking up for a little while. It was great to meet and greet him. He told me he was making a road trip to Chicago and Milwaukee in the middle of June. He said the furthest West he's ever been was Cleveland. I told him he was in for a treat. He's going to Wrigley Field to see his favorite team, the Red Sox play the Cubs. He's going to see the Cubs play the White Sox on the South side and he'll be heading up to Miller Park in Milwaukee too while he's out there. I suggested that he get some Ballpark E-Guides that way he can have some great helpful information to guarantee he has an absolute blast. We exchanged contact information so we can hook up again in the future.

We also got a visit from our pal Andy Weinstein who was at the game.

As for the game we saw, the Mets rebounded as they dodged the rain drops that delayed the game just over an hour in the bottom of the eighth inning as they beat the Phillies, 6-3.

Wednesday night after work I went back to Citi Field to see the Mets play the Phillies in the rubber match of the three game series. I was joined by the King who got the crowd in our section going with his signature strikeout call. Some nights are better than others. This was one of the better ones. We also had some other company as our pal Phil Butleman was present and accounted for. He was joined by a nice young man, David Sack who he knows from going to see LIU basketball. We also had our buddy Mike Klein there who made a rare appearance. He was a regular at Shea back in the day. He had his nephew Joe Klein with him. It was great to see both of them. In addition, Ralph and Vincent Ascanio were on hand as they usually are.

As for the game we saw, it was close like Monday afternoon until the bullpen came in when Mets manger Terry Collins decided to pull starter Dillon Gee with two outs in the seventh inning. Bobby Parnell came in and he allowed the tying run to score. The game was tied at three. The Mets' bullpen sprung a leak and the game got further away as the Phillies' went on to win the game, 10-6. As a result, they won the series two games to one.

Thursday night after work I had a night off since they were no games in the area. It worked out because I was able to catch on things at home.

Stay tuned for some special posts I'm going to do that will recap the surprising amazing weekend I had.

Thank you for reading and following along.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

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