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Pictures

Here are some Pictures of McKeon Field. These include pictures of the various seating areas and the view you get from them, to help you decide where to sit when you get to the game. These pictures were taken in 2008.

Seating and Field Visibility

The Hyannis Mets, who have been in the Cape League since the early '70s, play at McKeon Field in downtown Hyannis near the waterfront. As a spectator park, it is excellent. The Hyannis Mets organization has done a blockbuster job improving this ballpark. There is an abundance of roomy grandstands, mostly on the third base side and also behind the backstop, affording excellent, unobstructed views of the field. The pictures page, we hope, gives you a good tour of all the seating in this park. It starts with a good sized grandstand in deep left field, pivoted so that it faces the field, with the quaint name of "The Osprey Nest." There's a story behind the name that we'll cover further down, but right now you want "just the facts, ma'am," about seating at the field. Next closer to the field is a handicapped seating platform high above courtside, with a great view. Below the handicapped area is a grassy hill that affords a good deal of lawn chair space, with an excellent view. Further down at field level is a picnic table or two, also with a view. Next to the picnic tables is a big metal grandstand, parallel to third base, with lots of space, and not behind a screen, so it gives excellent views. This big grandstand on the third base side is metal, so it can get clackety when the kids are running up and down the steps.

Moving along, closer to the infield, there is room for lawn chairs as well as a modest grandstand, behind a mesh screen. Moving to behind the backstop, there are about five rows of seats in front of the press box, and they're not marked "reserved for scouts" as at some of the other fields. On the first base side is another modest blue grandstand, looking through a mesh screen, and down the right field line, past the visitors' dugout, there is another blue grandstand. This is the only spot in the park where we wouldn't recommend sitting since you'll be looking through a chain link fence ... but those are literally the only bad seats in the park.

This might well be the best spectator park in the league. We think there are more actual seats at Wareham, and they're wood so they're not noisy, but when you factor in the areas for lawn chairs at McKeon Field, we think it has the edge. It is a real pleasure to attend a game at McKeon Field.

Team Nickname and Uniforms

"Mets" might be a dangerous name to give a team in the heart of Red Sox Nation, but there doesn't seem to be any real antipathy in the area toward the junior NYC team, despite the fact that they have done something to the Red Sox that the Yankees have never done ... beat them in the World Series. And we think that Mets is a very good name to give to a team that plays in Cape Cod's most urban place, Hyannis, even if the tallest building in town is the new hospital addition at a whopping four stories high. The Mets franchise has done a good job playing up the name. In addition to modeling their blue-and-orange uniforms after those of the New York Mets, they play the catchy jingle "Meet the Mets" over the loudspeaker at every game. That was a song recorded to introduce the NY Mets back in, oh when was it, early '60s sometime.

We like the team kit quite a lot. They feature orange and blue colors like the NY Mets' threads. Like many of the teams, they use a gray scheme for road and a white scheme for home uniforms, with the lettering in a variety of blue and orange combinations, and blue caps. The Mets wore orange jerseys for a game late in the season in 2008 that we just loved, but we doubt that they're going to be the regular kit.

Parking and (groan) Traffic

The field is located at the Pope John II Catholic High School, formerly the Barnstable Fifth Grade Building, formerly the Barnstable High School (that's going back a few years). This is why the name of the road where the park is located is High School Road. There is a pretty good amount of parking in the school lot, and the past couple of years we also noticed cars were parking on the grass in front of the school near the field. Some fans also park along Old Colony Road, which is beyond right field. As a last resort there are parking lots in the village of Hyannis just off of Main Street, and it's only about a 10 or 15 minute walk from there.

There is little or no chance of getting your windshield smashed in any of these lots. But there is another lot -- we're not sure whether it's actually for the field or not -- that is just past the Osprey Nest out in deep left field, and we witnessed a windshield smash out there in the 2008 season. So if you're coming to the game, don't park there. It seems like a long way from home plate but some of these guys can hit with power ... no joke.

If you're staying in a motel in town, by all means walk to the game. Walking to a baseball game on a pleasant summer evening is the ultimate American experience. Don't miss your chance!

Hyannis is notorious for summer traffic. The makers of this site live on the Cape, and in our wildest dreams we wouldn't even begin to consider driving to Hyannis for any reason whatsoever during the summer. But wait ... it's Cape League ... we have to! Ah but .... we have a Sneaky Back Way to the park that involves squirreling through roads in Hyannisport. Will we tell you our Sneaky Back Way? Umm ... what do you think? As Cape residents we take a solemn oath never to tell any visitors our back roads to get places in the summer, nor are we allowed to disclose the location of the entrance to the Cape Cod Canal tunnel (unless we are sufficiently compensated for the information ... see below for email contact information).

Team Culture

There are no amenities for kids like a playground, but there are other fields to the first base side of the park, and you always see kids playing catch and running around in those fields. It's safe 'cause it's far away from any traffic.

Restrooms consist of two portable units near the entrance/exit out in left field, which is a long walk if you're sitting on the first base side. It's also worth mentioning that it gets dark in those portajohns after the sun goes down. Be warned.

The refreshments and souvenirs are both in the base of the press box, located behind home plate. The refreshments are particularly good here, with "specials" like pulled pork sandwichese being offered. During at least some of the games, there is a separate grill on the hill behind the big third base grandstand preparing delicious fresh burgers.

A few short years ago there were lights at McKeon Field. The team was struggling financially and were not able to afford to use them, so the light poles were taken down. Better funding has appeared since then and the lights have been put back, to start the 2008 season.

When there were light poles at the field before, there was an active osprey nest. It will be interesting to see if the birds will return. The team has encouraged the birds to nest here by building a high platform on top of one of the light poles on the first base side. There were no tenants in 2009, but we're hoping for 2010.

Not sure what an osprey is? It's a type of large bird that eats fish and raises their young in big nests typically located in tall trees or on the tops of high structures. They're a conservation success story, since their numbers dwindled during the age of DDT and they have made a great comeback. They're a symbol of the Cape. Read more here if you are interested: a Cornell University page about ospreys.

One of the trends in the Cape League over the past few years is the always increasing presence of sponsors. Of course sponsors are essential to the financial wellbeing of the league, so this is not a complaint. But with sponsors come ads. If you are the kind of person who surfs the internet with Flash disabled because most Flash content on the web is ads, or the kind of person who uses the mute button on the TV remote during the commercials, you know what we mean. Ads really stink. And they especially stink at Hyannis, where pre-recorded commercials are actually played over the loudspeaker between the innings, rather than an announcer reading them, as is the case at all or at least most of the other parks. These pre-recorded commercials -- some complete with music and sound effects, just like on the radio -- give you the weird sense of not actually being at the game, but being somewhere else where you don't want to be ... in CommercialLand.

In 2008 the P.A. announcer did something we enjoyed, which was give scores of other CCBL games, and even the Red Sox. Then during the fifth inning a couple of interns came into the crowd to do a t-shirt tossing promotion, and they were so enthusiastic the entire crowd started to chant and cheer. That was in 2008; those two guys probably won't be back next season, but the new interns in 2009 did their best to keep the level of enthusiasm high.

McKeon Field is the only park in the league where you can actually see the water, and it's only a tiny glimpe of Hyannis Harbor from the top row of the stands on the third base side, if you stand on your tip toes.

We hope you enjoy your visit to our website and if you have any comments or questions go ahead and mail us at capeleaguefan@yahoo.com.

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