New York Mets at Citi Field

Opened in 2009, Citi Field is tied with Yankee Stadium for being the third-newest stadium. One of the most unique parts of the stadium is the color of the foul poles. The Mets are the only franchise in baseball to paint their poles a color other than yellow. You can see my photo below to figure out what color they paint it. Additionally, a giant retractable apple sits just behind the center field wall, an homage to a similar-looking retractable apple at the Mets' previous ballpark, Shea Stadium. The main entrance to the stadium is a rotunda that serves as a beautiful tribune to Jackie Robinson.

In Monday night's game, Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka threw a gem, allowing no runs in 7 innings. The bullpen, as has frequently been the case for the Mets this year, gave up the lead the following inning. Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson boomed a home run to tie it at three in the bottom of the eighth. Neither team scored in the ninth the game went into extra innings, a first in my trip. In the 11th, Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada singled home Juan Lagares to win it.

Final Score: Mets 4, Braves 3

Fans enter the stadium through the Jackie Robinson rotunda. 

Fans enter the stadium through the Jackie Robinson rotunda. 

Jay holds his son Luca up on his shoulders.  

Jay holds his son Luca up on his shoulders.  

Nick Giampietro, known better as "Pin Man," wears a jersey with more than 100 pins on it whenever he goes to a game. He has season tickets and comes to almost every Mets home game. He works in a deli as his daytime job. 

Nick Giampietro, known better as "Pin Man," wears a jersey with more than 100 pins on it whenever he goes to a game. He has season tickets and comes to almost every Mets home game. He works in a deli as his daytime job. 

Some of the walls at Citi Field have photo collages of former Mets players on them.

Some of the walls at Citi Field have photo collages of former Mets players on them.

Sol Gibbons and his daughter Fran Nuchims watch the game. They've been coming to games together since she was a kid.

Sol Gibbons and his daughter Fran Nuchims watch the game. They've been coming to games together since she was a kid.

The Mets are the only team in baseball to have foul poles that aren't yellow. Here, Eric Young Jr. looks out before the start of an inning. 

The Mets are the only team in baseball to have foul poles that aren't yellow. Here, Eric Young Jr. looks out before the start of an inning. 

Speed pitch in the left field concourse. 

Speed pitch in the left field concourse. 

Vendor Peter Tehomillic sells cotton candy and cracker jacks in the upper deck. 

Vendor Peter Tehomillic sells cotton candy and cracker jacks in the upper deck. 

Former volunteer fireman Vernon Gibson is know at Citi Field as the New York Mets Fireman Koooler. You can usually find him on the Shea Stadium bridge. In some ways, he's like the Mets version of the New York Jets' Fireman Ed.

Former volunteer fireman Vernon Gibson is know at Citi Field as the New York Mets Fireman Koooler. You can usually find him on the Shea Stadium bridge. In some ways, he's like the Mets version of the New York Jets' Fireman Ed.

Anita Bess and her husband Freddie are lifelong Mets fans from Brooklyn. It was Military Monday, a Mets initiative to honor servicemen and women on home Mondays. Freddie, a former Marine who served in 1968, and all his fellow service members were acknowledged during the game. 

Anita Bess and her husband Freddie are lifelong Mets fans from Brooklyn. It was Military Monday, a Mets initiative to honor servicemen and women on home Mondays. Freddie, a former Marine who served in 1968, and all his fellow service members were acknowledged during the game. 

Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada singles home the winning run in the 11th inning. 

Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada singles home the winning run in the 11th inning. 

Braves fan Sara looks on as the Mets threaten to score. 

Braves fan Sara looks on as the Mets threaten to score. 

Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson who tied the game in the eighth inning with a solo home run high fives with teammates after the win. 

Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson who tied the game in the eighth inning with a solo home run high fives with teammates after the win.