on sportswriter Stacy Rae Podelski checks in at Shea on a night of firsts.

Flushing, NY – Ever since I could remember I would hop on the No. 7 train and take it out to Shea Stadium. Seeing the grand blue and orange stadium would always make me very happy – it’s baseball season.


Today was a different experience for me, though. Instead of being able to cheer on with the 46,106 fans in attendance today, I attended as a reporter at Shea for the first time in my young career. Getting around the ballpark is daunting as a reporter: everything is so different. But thanks to the great employees who work at the stadium they gave me everything that I needed.


Sitting in the auxiliary press box I was able to watch Mets starter John Maine earn his first win of the season, propelling the Mets to a 5-2 win over the Nationals. Maine who went 6 2/3 inning, while striking out four National hitters, followed up a stellar outing by yesterday’s starter, Mike Pelfrey.


In the beginning of the inning, Maine got into trouble, but then settled down and got into a rhythm. Afterward he said to reporters: “I’m not feeling my fastball right now, it’s frustrating because I am a fastball pitcher.” He continued on by saying how, “I threw two sliders today and I had been feeling that the sliders had been really working well in the bull pen (sessions) so I’ve been sticking with it and its working.”


Mets star shortstop Jose Reyes connected on his first home run of the season, which came in the bottom of the fifth inning. Joining in on the home run first party was Carlos Beltran, who had a three run blast later on to help cement the lead for Maine and the Mets. When asked about the home run which was hit on the first pitch thrown in the inning, Beltran responded, “I wasn’t really looking for anything specific, I just said to myself let’s keep the rally going, get on base keep the inning going.”


Also having another solid day at the plate for the Mets was right fielder Ryan Church. Church hit a homer in the first inning to get the Mets on the scoreboard. Ever since manager Willie Randolph put Church in the number two spot in the lineup, he has been hitting the cover off of the ball, including the 410 foot blast that came in tonight’s game.

The Mets and the Nationals wrap up the three game series with a 7:10 pm start Thursday. The match-up with feature Nelson Figueroa (1-0), who pitched brilliantly against the Milwaukee Brewers, going up against John Lannan (0-2), who is looking for his first win of the season.


In the end it was a happy ending for everyone involved and another dream come true for yours truly, who will never forget her first experience at Shea as a reporter.

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