I absolutely love the schedule release day. In recent years it's been a way to get my mind off the miserable baseball we've been watching in August, but as you know this year is just a bit different. I can't imagine what we might be doing in October, let alone 2020, but here we are.
Keep in mind that we don't physically have these tickets locked up, but the dates are circled and we're working on the planning. It's up to you if you want to roll the dice and grab hotels and all that, but if I was you I'd wait for the solid green light to start booking.
First up is the discussion instantly floating around about Puerto Rico. The Marlins will host the Mets from April 27-30 at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan.
The Mets and Marlins will play a three-game series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico next April 28-30, MLB announced.— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) August 12, 2019
It will be the Mets' fourth trip to the island, and their first since 2010.
Before anyone gets too excited, odds are we won't be able to pull off an outing. The ballpark holds less than 20K, and a large majority of those seats go to locals. That's the beauty of these destination games, especially in an intimate setting for those who don't usually get to experience major league baseball. Little league kids must love it. We already reached out, but I'm definitely not holding my breath. If you had hopes on going even on your own, just know that tickets are probably going to be very hard to come by.
As you might have noticed we've tentatively dropped DC from the schedule for 2020. We've been hitting Nationals Park for a number of years now, so we might give it a break next season to build the excitement back up. This will be discussed at our offseason T7LA members meeting. If we do add it, we'd likely select June 6th.
July 25 we're planning to return to Philly for the first time since 2014. I vowed to never go back after our last outing, but decided to reach out and extend an olive branch about a month ago. If you don't remember we were excluded from getting any vendor service in our sections the last time we visited. No water, food, beers, soda, nada. It was very weird, and we were never given a reason as to why. The folks I spoke with are unsure why as well, and promised our experience in 2020 will go smoothly. I expect this could be a really big one. Potentially overselling Boston's 1600 crew back in 2018. We'll see.
Two weeks later on August 8th it looks like we'll finally hit LA. We've been waiting patiently for the series to finally land on a weekend, and the powers that be made that come true next year. This would be the LAST park in the National League for our crew to visit. Again, I'd expect this one to be huge, and we have already reached out to the local LA diehards about planning some sort of joint tailgate. You really won't want to miss this one. A monumental day for sure.
Two weeks after that is another West Coast trip. This time in Oakland. The Mets rarely play the Athletics, so even though it's a quick turnaround I feel we gotta go. I think this one will be a bit lighter due to the timing and proximity of travel for a lot of us, but it should still be a great time checking off another park from our list.
Like most of you reading this that have made the trip to Pittsburgh in the past, I rant and rave about their ballpark. We took the trip in 2015, and plan to return on September 12th. Everything abut the ballpark and surrounding area is top notch. If you've never been, or even if you have, you'll want to jump on this one.
Again, none of these dates are completely locked up, but this is likely the road schedule for T7LA in 2020. Let's get through this magical 2019 run first. LGM!