Part 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.