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Matt Vasgersian circles the bases with thoughts on “Sunday from the Seats”

ESPN crew will be perched behind Citi Field's home plate for Subway Series clash

(Illustration by Mike Skarka/Photo: Kohjiro Kinno/ESPN Images)

ESPN’s Sunday from the Seats series on Sunday Night Baseball has made two of its three stops this season.

It’s had no shortage of memorable moments.

Exhibit A: Jennifer Lopez.

This weekend, it will make its third and final stop of the year as the New York Mets host the New York Yankees at Citi Field in the iconic Subway Series.

The Sunday Night Baseball team of play-by-play voice Matt Vasgersian and analysts Alex Rodriguez and Jessica Mendoza will call the game from the promenade seats behind home plate with Buster Olney reporting from the field.

Vasgersian, in his first season on SNB, recently spoke with Front Row about his favorite moments from the seats thus far and what he’s looking forward to this weekend.

Vasgersian’s most memorable moment from the seats:

“Jess was convinced she was going to get a chance to catch a baseball in the Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park in Houston and popped up to her feet, glove in hand, every time a right-handed hitter stepped in to the batter’s box. Alex and I gave her more and more grief about it with each passing inning until she finally admitted she was being a dork.” EDITOR’s NOTE: As illustrated here, Mendoza also was ready with her glove in the right field bleachers at Wrigley Field.

Which provides the better view from the seats: right field stands at Wrigley or left field Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park?:

“Wrigley. We could still see pretty much the entire outfield (with the exception of the deepest corner in right field just underneath us) and the sight line into home plate was neat and clean. Plus … it’s Wrigley.”

Fill in the blank: Calling the Subway Series from the promenade seats at Citi Field will be . . .?

“Reflectively cool. Granted we’ll be in a different ballpark but two of my most vivid, in-person recollections of being a fan came from a similar view as we’ll have on Sunday at Citi Field.

  • Game 5 of the 1986 ALCS [American League Championship Series] – aka “the Dave Henderson Game” – when the [Boston] Red Sox beat the [at the time, California] Angels in extra innings to stave off elimination and eventually came back to take the series with wins in Games 6 and 7.
  • The 1987 All-Star Game in Oakland when the twi-night start and great pitching conspired to keep both sides scoreless until the 13th inning.”