The weather was hot, humid, and all sorts of gross last night at Citi Field, but that didn’t stop a large crowd (which I was part of) from filing into Citi Field for the Mets’ first post-All Star break game–a contest against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The large crowd should probably be largely attributed to the post-game concert performed by Nas, but before Nas took the stage around second base, a baseball game had to be played.
Jeremy Hefner was on the mound for the Mets. He had been masterful of late and came into the game having allowed no more than two earned runs in any of his past eight starts. But last night was not his night. The Phillies put up four runs in the first and, after a scoreless second, Hefner could not even record a single out in the top of the third inning before being taken out. All told, the Phillies scored seven in the top of the third, and four of those runs were counted toward Hefner’s stat line.
The Mets spent the rest of the night attempting to erase the deficit, but the gap proved too big and the Mets fell by a final of 13-8. It was my type of baseball game, even if, as a Mets fan, the final result did not satisfy me. There were towering home runs including a third inning no-doubter from Domonic Brown that landed in the Pepsi Porch and a towering fourth inning shot by Marlon Byrd that made it well into the second deck in left; the crack of David Wright’s bat when Wright blasted a two run homer in the ninth was also beautiful. There were also a number of comical errors on the part of the Mets (sad, but entertaining) and Greg Burke, the Mets’ submariner relief pitcher made it into the game (I LOVE submariners).
Throughout the game there were scattered chants of “we want Nas”, and when the time finally came for the post-game concert, the legendary Queens-born rapper did not disappoint.
Sporting a white Mets jersey, Nas started the post-game concert by promising he would go long. And he did. Nas performed up until mid-night (nearly an hour) and did most of his hits, from “If I Ruled the World” to “I Can.” The performance was awesome and, with its great audio and lighting capabilities, Citi Field is as well set up for concerts as a baseball stadium can be.
Jay Z was performing a “real” concert at Yankee Stadium across town last night but, for my money, Citi Field was the place to be.