An Apple a Day Won’t Keep the Phillies Away

An article by posted on May 1, 2009

Kevin Burkhardt did a great piece on the telecast the other night comparing the new Homerun apple at Citi Field to the old one from Shea.  For those of you who missed it, the old apple is made out of papier mache and weighs practically nothing. It is 12 feet in diameter. The new apple is made completely out of fiberglass, weighing over 5,000 pounds. It measures 19 feet in diameter.

The Homerun apple takes only 5 seconds to rise, but it can get up in as little as 2 seconds if the powers that be at Citi Field ever decide so. It is timed perfecrtly so that as the hitter is rounding the bases, the apple makes it into the camera shot. It then stays up and descends back down in a total of 25 seconds. That is so it is not in the view of the next hitter when he comes to the plate.

I never knew how much thought and preparation was actually put into the  mechanics of the Homerun apple. It is really quite interesting. I have yet to see the old apple at Citi Field. Only recently did I even find out how to get to it (thanks Tanya!)  That’s first on my list for my next visit.

Unfortunately – or fortunately, depending on how you look at it – the Mets have hit more triples than homeruns so far this year at Citi Field. Maybe they should think about renaming it the Triple Apple!

As for the team, the Mets are 9-12, 4.5 games out of first place. No big deal for May1st, right?  But we now face a Phildalphia team that is in second place, just 2 games out.  There’s no Santana for us in this series, so we must rely on Pelfrey, Perez and Maine to get us the sweep, or at least take the series. And maybe, just maybe, David Wright’s bat will come alive in Philly.

The fate of this season, in my opinion, rests on the outcome of this series. It’s make or break time for the Mets. Its time for them to show us what they are really made of. This team better do something to get their act together.  Or for the third straight year, Mets fans will have nothing to watch on tv come October.

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