Nas takes over Citi Field after the Phillies bombarded the Mets 13-8. Happy 89th Birthday Luke Gasparre! • Latino Sports


Nas takes over Citi Field after the Phillies bombarded the Mets 13-8. Happy 89th Birthday Luke Gasparre!



Flushing, Queens – A few days removed from the MLB All-Star Game, Major League Baseball’s 2013 season resumed.

On Friday night, the 35,021 fans in attendance, who unfortunately battled the heat and humidity, witnessed the Philadelphia Phillies shell-shock the New York Mets 13-8. As a result, the 49-48 Phillies are now over .500 for the first time since June 6. Unfortunately for the Mets, they are now 41-51.

If it was possible to remove the first, third and fifth inning, then the Mets would have dominated their National League rivals in a convincing 7-o victory. The reality is that Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner had a horrific outing as he became the Mets first pitcher to allow 10 hits in a game since Nelson Figueroa did on August 3, 2009.

As a team, the Mets allowed 11 runs in the first three innings of the game. By allowing a season-high seven runs in the third inning, the Mets surpassed their this season’s record of six runs in an inning. Even though the Mets produced eight runs against the Phillies, they were 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position. Both teams return to Citi Field on Saturday afternoon for their second of three games.

Say hello to my little friend!

Say hello to my little friend!

While the game itself was a disappointment for Mets fans, the magic inside Citi Field is not only on the diamond. It’s flows throughout the stadium. To be honest, I’m a local soccer writer who likes to explore other dimensions of the same event many of us are watching simultaneously. Here’s what I experienced on Friday…

Hours prior to game, I walked around the inside of Citi Field. While sitting in one of the seats watching the batting practice, a bird decided to join me. I must admit that our conversation was lost in translation. Nevertheless, the friendly little bird hung out with me until the batting practice was over.

Luke1Along with interacting with the fantastic staff, I met World War II veteran, Luke Gasparre who’s going to be 89-years-old on Saturday. He has been employed as an usher with the New York Mets for 50 years. In addition, to serving his country and beloved baseball team, Luke has been married for over 65-years now.

He will also be honored by the Mets on Saturday and if you wish to pay his respect, please drop by section 311. Not only will he make you feel welcome, you will feel you’ve learned something from him.

Throughout our conversation, he provided some pointers about life, work and marriage. In addition, his co-workers and fans alike would come by to pay their respects.

Without going much into further detail, my conversation with Luke was touching because in the time we talked, he gave me an idea of the life he’s lived. As he pointed, he’s here until the Boss upstairs relieves him of  his duty here.

Following the game, majority of the Mets fans in attendance stayed for Nas’ concert. After a long and frustrating game, the fans in attendance were treated to a game-winning concert. Playing new and classic songs, Nas entertained the audience. As a result, they went home happy as they talked positively of Nas’ concert.

On a special note, I really want to thank and commend the entire New York Staff organization for making me feel welcome. From top to bottom, everyone was friendly and helpful. Regardless of their record, I can understand why fans gravitate to the Mets… it’s about community and commitment.


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