We pulled into the parking lot at Citi Field (parking is now up to $19 by the way, folks) at 10:30 am. Start time for the game was 1:05 pm. It sounds like we were super early for a baseball game, but as Chris Cornell has said, we were on a mission. Okay, so technically he said, “I’m on a mission now,” but you get the point. We had the unlikely goal of meeting Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau in mind. We figured that there was a slim chance since they were at least playing for the away team, which we’ve always been more successful with. Even that early in the morning, the weather was stifling. We entered the stadium through Jackie Robinson Rotunda, received our Mets free travel mug, and immediately headed for the Twins side of the field.
Guerrier: What did you just say?
Serena: Uh, I said that you’ve got nice handwriting for a man.
Guerrier: I’ve never gotten that before.
Then he laughed and moved off to the corner of the outfield to warm up. Our luck would not run out with Guerrier. Brian Duensing (another Twins…pitcher) walked over and tossed a ball to Serena! Okay, he didn’t sign it, but it’s still a ball! That was used by a professional baseball player!
post. You’ll notice that we’re pretending to be the pitcher and catcher embracing on the mound while wearing batting helmets. On this visit to the Verizon boutique, we discovered that the backdrop was changed from a celebrating team to TOWSNBN swinging his mighty bat! We’re sure that you can see where we’re going with this, but just in case you can’t:
Serena: I swear, we’re not trying to be assholes.
Morneau #1: Okay…
Serena: We just want to take a picture with you. We’ve been looking for the Mauer/Morneau combo for awhile now.
Morneau #2: Um…
*Insert Lisa arriving breathlessly*
Serena: I promise we’re not trying to harass you.
Friend Without Any Jersey On: Yeah, right. Are you going to wait for them to turn around to stab them in the back?
(Hmm…must’ve had a bad experience with the Mets fans at this game)
Serena: No. We just want a picture with the jersey backs.
Morneau #2 (Mauer Fan just kind of stood there and watched this entire exchange with amusement): Alright. We can do that.
Serena: Thanks so much!
The boys lined up obediently in the order of Morneau #1, Mauer, Morneau #2. Lisa made the Friend Without Any Jersey On take the picture because he didn’t wear a jersey for pete’s sake! Why the hell would we want you in this photo then? We thanked them a million times as they waved good-bye and headed off to their car. Hopefully, our interaction made up for the fact that they had a miserable time at the game.