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Shea Stadium
On Saturday, July 17th, 2004, I went to Shea Stadium to see the Mets play the Phillies. We got seats high up in the left field stands under an overhang, which was fortunate because it was a sunny day and if I had sat in the open I would have been broiled. As it was, our spot was very comfortable, with a pleasant breeze blowing across us most of the time. We decided to root for the home team, and consequently were disappointed because the Phillies won, 8-2. Jim Thome hit a home run in the top of the 9th with two men on that took the game out of reach. But, otherwise, there was nothing disappointing. The hot dogs were tasty. I had a big bag of peanuts, and a coke. Prices, of course, were atrocious. The tickets cost $25 a piece, and our collective snacks -- three hot dogs, a bag of peanuts, nachos, and two big cokes all came to $32.50. Live baseball is no longer an inexpensive family occasion. Still, the game itself was as it has been. As we stood in the middle of the 7th to sing Take Me Out to the Ball Game,  I thought, "This is good" -- a feeling I don't have now as often as I would like.