NEW YORK — For most teams, a trip to Citi Field usually means getting a chance to explore New York City. For Rene Rivera, Yasmani Grandal along with Tommy Medica, it gave all of them a chance to explore the Baseball Fan Cave for the first time, as well.
Friday morning before their line opener against the Mets, the two catchers and first baseman were given the full tour of the Cave, which included answering some interactive video inquiries and a game of ping pong.
‘They demonstrated around, talked a little with the interns there, played some table tennis, played some PlayStation,’ said Grandal. ‘I think it’s great. I believe it’s awesome just to possess a place like that. I don’t know associated with a other sport that has something such as it, but they’ve got something good going on down there.’
Rivera amazed on the table tennis platform, pounding one of the Fan Cave staff members, which apparently had never been recently done before.
‘I’m OK,In . Rivera said of his recreation. ‘I used to play tennis when I seemed to be growing up. I’ve had a racquet before in my hands, well, i know how to play.
‘It’s a good location to watch baseball, good place [for] customers to start knowing what baseball’s about.’
Medica has been impressed with the 30-screen television stop, consisting of live-feeds of home plate and also dugouts at every Major League Car park. The trip also intended another visit into Long island where Medica has affectionate towards memories.
‘It’s unbelievable,’ Salud said of the city. ‘I understand last time I came i saw one of the shows. My spouse and i saw ‘Wicked.’ One of one of the best things I did, [I] went to a great underground comedy club. That they had about five or six comedians.’
Grandal however, was a little more star reach. Friday marked the first time he’d ever been to New York City, as well as the chaotic atmosphere caught him or her by surprise.
‘I live in Arizona and one of the reasons why I remaining Miami was because it had been super fast-paced,’ he said. ‘New You are able to is like two or three times while hectic as Miami. Things are so cramped up, but that’s New York. It has so much historical background and it’s a beautiful city.’
He laughed he was warned not to take the subway, but may well consider it if he’s instructed to.
‘I’ve got friends who live in New Jersey that are coming out [Saturday] so maybe if we go out and eat, we’ll go ahead and take subway.’