Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

MLB 2017 Game #3: Mets vs. Braves

Strictly speaking, my baseball goal officially concluded when the Philadelphia Phillies pummeled the New York Mets, 10-0, at Citizens Bank Park on May 1, 2010. I had seen all 30 Major League Baseball teams play in their home city. Since this journey began, I've had the luxury of being able to see eight teams play in multiple parks. Short of contorting time and space to revisit New York's Polo Grounds, Brooklyn's Ebbets Field and Philadelphia's Baker Bowl, opportunities to experience games in new parks are sparse. By catching a preseason exhibition game at Montreal's Olympic Stadium, I was afforded a chance to jump back and watch a game in a ballpark that I missed. That increased my total to 39.

After two decades at Turner Field, the Atlanta Braves have opened a new park in Cobb County (with an Atlanta address) named SunTrust Park. This will be my 40th park.

Tonight, the Braves host the New York Mets. Both teams are buried in the National League East standing separated by only half a game. The Mets (11-14, .440) trail the Washington Nationals by six games. The Braves (10-14, .417) are six and a half games off the pace.

The Mets will start Matt Harvey (2-1, 4.25 ERA). The Braves will answer with R.A. Dickey (2-2, 3.80 ERA).

Fun Fact: My last game in Atlanta was between the St. Louis Cardinals and Braves on September 11, 2010. They needed 12 innings, but the Braves won 6-3 when Alex Gonzalez belted a three-run homer off of Mitchell Boggs. http://www.humzoo.com/billpearch/blog/575/

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