I had to go on a business trip requiring me to fly into Orlando and I was able to see a game while I was there. The closest team that was at home was the St. Lucie Mets, so I thought that would be a good place to go.
I knew I was cutting things close with my trip after work and I arrived just before game time. I didn’t realize that the stadium was being renovated and that half of the seats were off limits. I was definitely surprised to see the construction work that was visible from outside of the stadium.
Normally, I arrive at least an hour before the game starts to take pictures, get a good look at the stadium, and maybe get some autographs. But since I walked up right as the national anthem was playing, I didn’t have that same opportunity. I was able to get my obligatory pictures though. The official attendance was 580, so there were plenty of seats and chances to walk around and take pictures wherever I wanted.
I was excited to see Tampa CF Estevan Florial, the Yankees #1 prospect, in his third game of the season after coming off of the injured list. Although he went 1-4, he continued his hit streak in every game of this season.
The Mets scored first on a home run by 3B Blake Tiberi and put up 3 more in the 5th. Mets starting pitcher Tony Dibrell looked good going 5 1/3 striking out 5 without giving up a run. The Tarpons made it 4-3 in the top of the 7th thanks to a home run by 3B Angel Aguilar. But the Mets added 3 in the bottom of the 7th with a 2-run single by CF Jacob Zanon and a home run by DH Carlos Cortes, ending as a 7-3 Mets win.