September 11, 2003
Ah 2003...the year to erase those horrible 2002 memories. I flew home from school in Indiana for a chance to see new "ace" Tom Glavine and the new look Mets. We sat in the Upper Deck and got there really early and were ready for a new Mets beginning. Tom HORRIFIC threw strike one and the entire section erupted as though to erase the horrors of 2001-2002. After that Tom the Brave walked the leadoff hitter and gave up 4 runs, including an error by new Met Cliff Floyd (to officially earn his Mets "stripes"). Horrible opening day. Cedeno lost a fly ball for a three run triple. What a long trip for a 15-2 game which just helped to prolong a miserable season!!!
November 10, 2003
It was during this game that I realized that the season was over.
Russell J. Lydon
August 20, 2004
Coldest day of my life. I was in the outfield Loge and wearing 2 turtlenecks, sweatshirt, my snow white Mets jersey and a jacket with a skull cap and I was still shaking in my seats. Not even Dunkin Donuts coffee helped. Back to the game, I can remember leaving my seats in the 3 inning and going to Casey's 37 and standing in a SRO crowd and Mets officials had to kick everyone out because they were closing. By time this happend, it was already 15-3 and knowing that they lost the game. I'll never forget a bunch of us yelling at Lenny Harris begging him to come back. One of only 2 games I attending during the 2003 season.
January 17, 2006
I drove down from Springfield Massachussets to play hooky with my five-year-old daughter. There were so many extra cars that I had to park on a grassy patch by the service road. I bundled my daughter inside my coat and carried her across the parking area promising hot chocolate the whole way. Little did I know that the hot chocolate would run out even faster than hope in the Mets season. We didn't budge from our seat for hours, frozen in place, taking in the massacre in front of us. Glavine fell apart. The great Mike Bascik gave up approximately 100 runs. Sosa didn't even hit a homer. [It would have been a tiny consolation prize by then.] It was frigid and very painful and I wouldn't have missed it for the world.
November 29, 2007
I remember I had gotten a Tom Glavine jersey for Christmas that year and wore it to opening day. Boy that was the worst weather I ever encountered going to a game; it was horrendously cold. We left around the 6th inning just in time to miss the Bascik debacle. I remember slamming my Glavine jersey off at the stadium and getting back to my dad's car, only to hear that the score was 15-2. I go to my dad and say, "Guarantee Mike Bascik came in." Sure enough.
March 12, 2013
After sitting in the upper deck for 3 innings, my friend and I were not sure if we were at a Jets or Mets game! It was sooo cold; the Mets fell behind early and the temperature was unbearable. We had Diamond Club access and decided it was best to watch the remainder of the game indoors. However, when we arrived at the DC door, it was advised to us that it was full and we were denied access. We were pondering our next move when a woman came to the door and was told the same info. She became irate, claiming to spend ten grand per year at Shea and demanded a supervisor. The guard left his post to obtain a higher up, but left the door unattended. Acting like two HS kids, we dashed in and didn't look back. We watched the Cubs over-run the Mets, but we were warm and our stomachs full! lol For all I know, that woman is still standing at the door waiting to get in.