— Days Without Shea —

by Kingman on April 15 at 2:54PM

ParkinglotviewPart of Loge13’s mission is to document the last days of Shea Stadium. The thinking around here was, when Shea stadium was blown up and (most likely) our partial season ticket plan was similarly demolished, this blog would also implode and we could go outside again. By 2009, it should also have stopped raining.

Unfortunately, the Wilpons have messed that plan up too. This week during the media day for Citi Field, Fred Wilpon announced there would not be some spectacular demolition of Shea. Instead the stadium will be taken apart in pieces following the close of the 2008 season.

I had figured on bringing the kids to some explosive death ceremony for the great Shea Stadium next November or December. Instead, the end will come slowly…and painfully.

Perhaps this is a hedge in case the new stadium is not finished in time.

Wilpon did say one thing that made us hopeful. He said the Mets would auction off pieces of the stadium (not sure if the money is going to charity or to cover construction costs). This is a great idea, and something we’ve talked about in Loge13 for years. We would all love to have our seats in our backyards for future generations to enjoy. It’s only fair…especially if we can’t afford our seats in the new CitiField.

Other items we’d pay good money for:

* Those old blue and orange aluminum siding pieces on the old (pre-1981) Shea.

* Tomato seedlings from Joe Pignatano’s garden.

* The old Casey’s Pub sign.

* The center field Magic Hat, which has hardly been used this year.

* An old pretzel from the 1970’s. Oh wait. I can still buy them at the concessions stands now.

[April 20, 2007 12:44 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Jonathan Gourlay said

What? Citifield won't contain the magic hat?!

Would be a nice touch if it found its way into the new park.

[July 24, 2007 6:01 AM]  |  link  |  reply
RichardK said

How did the Wilpons "mess that plan up too"?

You cant implode anything in NYC, it's against the law.

[March 27, 2008 8:08 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Ron said

Shea Can not be Blown Up. It is against NY State Law to implode any stucture for demoltion. Don't know how long ago this blog site was created but if you haven't heard, the Mets are taking the Home Run Hat to Citifield when the season ends. So the Magic hat lives on !!!! and so does Ole smelly Shea.
see you in 09

[July 30, 2008 8:08 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Chris said

Hey guys. I have been searching for any information on how to buy (or bid) on seats from Shea? Has anyone heard any updates on a sale or auction? In a perfect world I'd be able to get the same seats from my 1st MLB game ever -- Mets Vs. Phillies at Shea back in 1982!

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