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GREINKE DAY. | metsgrrl.com

GREINKE DAY.

[Please note: there is negative Mets content in this post. If that bothers you, please move on, nothing to see here.]

I headed to Baltimore yesterday to meet up with a fellow blogger who was in the area, and to watch Zack Greinke pitch. My only chances of seeing him were to go to Baltimore, or to trek up the House of Evil (if I even hit the rotation right when they were in town). I chose the Baltimore option because it’s a much nicer place to see a game, and because you could buy sets five rows behind the visitor’s dugout for the princely sum of $32 (which was about $16 below face). There was no way I was going to watch Greinke from the upper deck in the Bronx, surrounded by Yankees fans. Yes, we ended up sitting behind a large group of O’s fans who had no idea that their pitcher tonight was making his MLB debut, and were only there to drink beer and scream for balls from the Royals between every inning, but they were pleasant and delightful company compared to what I would have encountered uptown if I’d been cheering for the opposing pitcher there.

I’d like to report that Greinke was electric and completely in command. He struggled early, giving up two home runs in succession, which the Royals got back later, with Mike Jacobs and Alberto Collaspo sending shots literally out onto Eutaw Street. If I was an Orioles fan, I’d have been delighted at the way they worked Greinke deep into the count. In the 5th inning he was already up to 96 pitches and he was over 106 when I left shortly before 10pm. I don’t leave games early, but I came to this one with a purpose and I also had a three-hour solo drive home. (There was also a rain delay earlier which had pushed the start of the game back until 7:45pm, which didn’t help things.)

I am still endlessly glad I went and saw Greinke this year. While he wasn’t 100% on, there were enough moments where you could see that it was possible.

Here’s a selection of some of the best shots from yesterday. You can also, of course, view the whole set here. I am not 100% happy with the outcome – I didn’t shoot enough (only about 200 images), and should have made some setting adjustments early on. But that’s valuable experience too.

Back to Citi Field tomorrow. I will be braving BP again to see what I can get.

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