Hot dog wrappers in the Windy Citi
By the time Henry Blanco ended things Saturday with a walk-off homer, Citi Field was covered with garbage. Hot dog wrappers, soda cups, french fry boats — you name it. Winds gusting up to 45 miles per hour blew every sort of concession onto the field.
At one point, David Wright had to call timeout to pick up a souvenir cup and toss it off the field.
“I don’t know what was going on,” center fielder Angel Pagan said. “I didn’t know if the fans were throwing garbage or what.”
They weren’t. (At least most of them weren’t.) And the wind itself was not too much of a problem for the outfielders.
But the garbage was downright distracting.
“It looked bad — and it was, don’t get me wrong — but I don’t know if it was Candlestick-esque,” left fielder Jason Bay said. “It was windy, but the ball wasn’t doing crazy things. It was more of the dirt kicking up in your face, hot dog wrappers, boxes, cups, everything.”