New York Mets Spring Training brings out the kid in me

Dominic Smith, New York Mets. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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A day at the park

It was an unexpected day of higher than normal temperatures in the mid-eighties with summer-like humidity, more like May 1 than two days before Valentine’s. Not normal for this time of the year but no one is complaining. Certainly not the players because it makes it easier to stretch and get ready for the drills.

We walk to the fields and continue to greet the ushers when we find a group of Mets fans lined up by the fence. As we get there, I see JD Davis is doing a promo. I got excited because I have a jersey with his number and name and I sure love to get him to sign it. To my surprise, he was done and walked back to the stadium, no autographs for anybody. But it is early and there will be other opportunities.

Then Michael Conforto took the field and does his promo. He was quickly done and walked towards the fans. Wow! He patiently signed balls, pictures, greeted the fans, and even took selfies. He likes the fans and it showed. A real class act.

I wondered from the crowd to speak with an usher who was kind enough to tell me where the players would be going from one diamond to the other to work on their fundamentals. Then out of nowhere Gary Cohen, the television voice of the New York Mets walks by. I am a fan and Gary was kind enough to take a picture with me.