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Monday, July 7, 2014

Royalty enjoyed reunion week at Citi Field as the Dodgers & Diamondbacks came to play in May!‏

The King & I went to Sydney, Australia in March to see the baseball season officially open. We saw the Los Angeles Dodgers play the Arizona Diamondbacks there. With that being said, during the week of May 19th the same two teams came to Queens to play the Mets right in our backyard at Citi Field. So I decided to call it reunion week for us. First the Dodgers played the Mets for three games then the Diamondbacks did the same over Memorial Day weekend. 

Here's how the games played out:

Mets welcome Dodgers to Citi Field
Tuesday night the Mets & Dodgers played a nine inning marathon time wise. The game lasted four hours ‎& eight minutes. The Dodgers beat the Mets, 9-4. Josh Beckett, a notorious slow worker started that night & he gave up four runs in five innings. He got plenty of support from his teammates so he was able to earn the W despite his subpar performance.

Wednesday night the Dodgers made it two in a row as they got by the Mets by a score of 4-3. This time it only took three hours ‎& one minute as starter Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched six innings allowing two runs to pick up the victory. As for the Mets, rookie Eric Campbell hit his first major league home run.

Thursday night the Mets wound up salvaging a game as they knocked off the Dodgers 5-3 to avoid being swept. They got a strong start from Jonathon Niese who went seven innings to get the win. 

Mets welcome Diamondbacks to Queens
Friday night the Mets welcomed the Diamondbacks to Queens. They got off to a horrible start this season but they were playing better as they came to ‎play this three game series. Unfortunately mother nature didn't cooperate for us that night. They did play three & a half innings before they called the game off after waiting for a few hours. Luckily for the Mets they did. They were trailing 2-0 before the rain came. As a result, they decided to reschedule the game as part of a single admission straight doubleheader on Sunday afternoon.

Royal Court lounging in Promenade Club before the game
Saturday afternoon they played what turned out to be the first game of the series. It was David Wright canvas print day. It wound up being an exciting day at the ballpark because we had some special ‎guests on hand. First & foremost, my Cousin Andy met me outside by the Apple. I had bought him a ticket so he could join us. When we got upstairs to the Promenade Club, we got to see our pal Eddie Bultman who we met up with in Sydney to open the season. He came to visit us again. He was wearing his MLB Opening Series t-shirt that he bought when we were Down Under. It was great to see him again. We also had some of the regulars we know in there which made for a festive scene. As game time was approaching, we proceeded to go upstairs to the Royal Court in section 515. Shortly thereafter, we were joined by the King's father Miguel & his brother Charlie who came to the game too. As always it was nice to see them again.

As for the game we saw, the Diamondbacks held off the Mets, 3-2. After the game, we all went to Donovan's Pub for dinner. Unfortunately Eddie couldn't come because he was going to Philadelphia that night to meet up with some friends of his.

‎Sunday afternoon we got to see the rare single admission twinbill. In game one, the Diamondbacks got a quality start from their starter Bronson Arroyo who allowed one run in six innings but he left the game with the score tied at one so he didn't get a decision for his efforts. The Diamondbacks capitalized on an error by the Mets in the ninth inning as Daniel Murphy dropped a pop up which allowed the eventual winning run to score as they went on to defeat the Mets, 2-1. 

In game two, the Mets once again avoided being swept by the visiting team as they managed to get by the Diamondbacks, 4-2 to escape without further embarrassment. 

Epic View of Celebration
It should be noted while the King ‎& I were watching the Mets play, our pal Eddie Bultman was at Citizens Bank Park that afternoon witnessing history. He got to see Josh Beckett of the Dodgers throw a no hitter against the Phillies. Quite amazingly, that game only took two hours & thirty seven minutes to play. We were both happy for him. 

It's official, Josh Beckett no hits the Phillies
Stay tuned for some special posts I plan to do when time allows that will recap the highlights of my baseball season in June.

Thank you for reading & following along.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

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