I just walked down the concourse behind the press box, a hallway filled with reproductions of old yearbook covers, photos of famous moments in club history, and numerous doorways to club-level suites.
At the end of the hallway is the left-field terrace, where the reception is being held for all the Met legends. I walked through and saw many familiar faces: Tom Seaver, Doc Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Al Leiter, John Franco, Ron Svoboda, Jerry Koosman, Tim Teufel, Rusty Staub and Yogi Berra, among others. It’s such a crowded room I almost bumped right into Fred Wilpon, who was mingling alone through the crowd.Â
The Mets have done a good job funneling players past the fans. As you can see in the pictures I took, there is a red carpet (above, left) leading in from Gate A. Former players are walking in on the carpet and upstairs to the reception, and slipping on their old jerseys. It’s quite a sight.
Fans have lined the ramps, armed with cameras (right). They can snap photos and cheer as the players come in. Those higher up the ramps also have a nice view as the players walk down the hallway of the left-field terrace, which has windows facing toward the inside of the stadium.
Possibly the funniest thing I saw was Strawberrry, all 6-foot-6 of him, hunched over a high-top table eating chicken wings all by himself.
No doubt this place will rock at the sight of these guys later this afternoon â€” as long as the current Mets do their part.
The rain has stopped here and the sun in peaking through. The game should start eventually, but no set time for first pitch. Not yet.