The game was preceded by a mini vocal concert from "Celebrate Israel", and an elementary school class sung the National Anthem a cappella.
Citi Field, near the site of the 1964 New York World's Fair (which I attended then), replaces Shea Stadium, and was supposed to be built to look like Ebbets Field. Well, the old Brooklyn Dodger park had a short right field (an inverse of Boston's Fenway), where as Citi has a jutting out in right near one of the bullpens. But in left, the "retro" aspect of Citi Field showed itself with a miniature "black monster", a 20 foot wall that took a big poke to reach. So this year the Mets inserted an 8-foot Facebook-blue wall in front of it, with a few feet of "party stands", making the outfield wall a uniform 8 feet all around. How boring. The effect looks sloppy. Before, it was one of the more interesting of all the ball parks. There is some advantage to a big outfield -- more triples, more inside-the-park homers, more "wall ball" and more physics lessons.
Most of the home runs tonight (except one) would have been homers before the "un-retro" retreatment of the ballpark.