The team in the Bronx seems to have a new PR fiasco every time I open the papers. While I’m usually mildly amused by this, the latest dispute struck home for this fan from Queens.
The issue in question was that of Batting Practice policy at (the NEW) Yankee Stadium: namely, who may observe from what location. Apparently, Yankee brass listened to recent complaints and the policy has already been altered.
Though not nearly so blatantly elitist, Citi Field’s slight change from its previous BP policy at Shea Stadium has not gone unnoticed either. Limiting fans’ access to more remote areas than before has incited the wrath of early-arriving Mets fans. A fellow blogger has started a personal letter-writing campaign in an effort to have this policy amended, and others have followed.
From reading this blogger’s previous posts, I happen to know that one of the personal pleasures she took from attending BP at Shea was the opportunity to get some great photos of the players. It was her chance, she recently wrote, not only to see the players “up close and personal” but also to shoot photos the quality of which her Upper Deck seat could not have afforded her.
Although I have not yet arrived at Citi Field early enough to watch BP, I often did so at Shea. I, too, cherished those opportunities to train my Nikon on my favorite players. While I had a great camera and a pretty good zoom lens, nothing I could shoot from my seat in my Mezzanine Box could come close–literally–to the images I shot from vantage points near and behind the dugout on the Field Level during BP.
I would classify myself as an advanced amateur photographer, and it should be noted that the images I have taken are only for my own personal use. I’ve not nor would I sell any of my photos or use them in any money-making endeavors.
Even given my non-professional status, my husband has always been my biggest supporter in this (expensive) hobby. Not even knowing about the change in BP policy at Citi Field, he surprised me this week with a Mother’s Day present far better than any box of chocolates or bouquet of flowers: an even longer zoom lens.
Although we are mostly pleased with our seats behind Home Plate in the Promenade Club at Citi Field, we have noticed that our seats are higher than the ones we occupied at Shea. The photos I’ve taken from our Citi Field seats have proven that to be true as well. For this reason, and because he’s just a swell guy, my husband purchased a lens for me that essentially puts me an additional 100 millimeters closer to the action.
(The above photo of David Wright was taken with the gift: a 70-300mm/4.5-5.6 AF-S VR Nikkor zoom.)
For me personally, part of the shooting problem is resolved. But would it really be so difficult for–dare I say it–the Mets to follow the Yankees’ lead(!) and amend their current policy to make it more fan- and photog-friendly?
Thanks, Caryn, for your comments.
What you mentioned about sight lines/angles makes perfect sense. I haven’t yet had the frustration of taking in BP at Citi Field, but from what you tell me, I wonder if it’s even worth it. Can you at least get close to the relievers tossing in the outfield?
With all of the media coverage of the two new New York stadiums pricing some families out of regular attendance and season ticket plans, surely they must realize that allowing better access to BP would be an excellent way to extend a courtesy to fans…at no cost to them at all.
Thanks, Katie, for your comments. As a Tiger fan/blogger, you must feel very good about the start your team has had–especially after the shocking disappointment last year’s turned out to be!
Regarding opera/baseball enthusiasts, some of my colleagues are baseball fans, but of the Yankee variety…ugh!
However, most of the security detail at the MET are Mets fans, I’m proud to say!
I’ll have to pay a visit to your blog soon. Thanks for visiting mine!
Thanks for writing your own letter!
Here’s the thing, though: because of the fact that they stick you all the way out in the outfield, even having a long lens isn’t going to help because the angles are just all wrong. I have a 18-200, and it didn’t help much. =(
i just felt so sorry for the kids in front of me who spent their allowance money on markers and baseballs and didn’t even stand a chance.
I must say that I feel very happy to have found someone with similar interests. I, too, am an Opera lover and a baseball fan (a rare combination, it would seem). Your profile picture is priceless.
P.S. You must be of quite a caliber to play at the Met. I hope to go there one day; until then I’ll listen closely for the oboes while watching the live transmissions. :oP
P.S.S. Nice photo of Wright, too.