Mets fans arrive hours early to Citi Field to cheer on Amazin’s, score autographs

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QUEENS — After Dodger Chase Utley broke the leg of Mets Short Stop Ruben Tejada with a controversial slide in Game 2 of the National League Division Series, fans have a message for the Dodger second baseman as the teams get set for Game 3 at Citi Field.

"He better stay in the dugout," said Met fan Art Acevedo.

Despite being suspended for two games, Utley will be able to play Monday night while he waits for the league to hear is appeal.

"I'm actually glad he's going out there, that way we can give him a peace of our minds," said Liam Budgell.

Budgell is a die-hard Mets fan who carries his team with him everywhere he goes thanks to the tattoo on his arm.  He arrived early for the Amazin's first home playoff game in almost a decade.

"I'm expecting the place to be electric.  I'm expecting the fans to go insane."

But even Budgell wasn't as early as some fans.

Mark Harrington and his sons were at the stadium 9 hours before the first pitch, ready cheer on the players as they arrived at the stadium, and hopefully score a few autographs.

"There's Steve Matz autograph, there's Lagares's," said Harrington.

But the focus Monday night will be on Mets ace Matt Harvey.

"Hopefully Harvey will be pitching strong and they'll get together with Tejada getting injured," said Tobias Harrington.

Harvey caused some controversy earlier in the season talking about an innings limit and then by missing a mandatory practice right before the playoffs.  But fans at the field say they expect the Dark Knight to step up in the spotlight.

"This is what he's been groomed for.  He's going to go out there and give us a really good effort tonight.  I wouldn't be surprised if he throws a complete game, 14 strikeouts," said Acevedo.