Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Shea Stadium Express: Day 5

Tuesday was the sport-themed day for the delegates. As a volunteer that meant waking up at 6:30 am and loading up delegates to head to either Chelsea Piers for and Olympic event or Shea Stadium for batting practice with the Mets. I hate the Mets, but I was not going to pass a chance to take in a day at Shea.

The day started off with talk of the random acts of disobedience which were planned. We did notice 4 protesters with a sign that read "We Made It! Now where are the college republicans". If it wasn't for the smell and disheveled looks, we could have mistaken them for a welcome party. They cleared up their message with a picture of an elephant marked out. Thanks guys. They packed up their sign and left about 30 minutes before the delegates even arrived. Off to talk about the evils of capitalism over a $5 latte at Starbucks.

We took the bus to Shea, utilizing special lanes setup for delegate busses. Cruising midtown was never easier. At Shea the delegates took batting practice and mingled with Mayor Bloomberg, Al Leiter, Todd Zeile, and Tom Glavine. The Mets are hurting so this was also an informal tryout. a guy from Ohio ended up playing third base during the game tonight. The Georgia delegation had some real sluggers with them, the Yankees should have sent a scout over. The mayor gave a press conference and hammed it up with the crowd. The Mets players signed everything that was given to them, talked to all the guests, and stayed around for the whole event.

What an awesome time. I met Wesley Clark, not the general, but a good ole country boy from Hall County Georgia. He's having a great time in New York. He laughed when I told him how much I pay in rent. Another Georgia delegate said he hadn't found a place to move into (in the city) so he's heading home to Georgia at the end of the week.

By the way, I have a baseball signed by Leiter, Zeile, and Glavine for sale. You see, rent's due.