Currently there is no plan for Shea partial season ticket holders to be relocated to Citi Field in 2009.
But according to the New York Times, there could be a plan afoot to move Shea’s stray cats into the new stadium.
Bryan Kortis, a founder of Neighborhood Cats, a rescue group, estimates that 20 to 40 feral cats live in Shea. And their history goes back a ways. A cat can hardly be seen in Shea without fans’ recalling the famous incident in 1969 when a black cat ran onto the field, mythically dooming the Cubs and clearing the way for the Mets’ first World Series championship.
The team’s scheduled move in 2009 to its new home, to be known as Citi Field, has put a question mark over the cats’ future. But Sandra DeFeo, an executive director of the Humane Society of New York, has a plan that would allow them to be a fixture at the new stadium. The Humane Society advocates spaying or neutering the cats, giving them the appropriate inoculations and then placing them, healthy, at Citi Field when the time comes.
Ms. DeFeo said her group had approached the team about managing the feral colony at Shea but had not heard a response. “I think they’ll want us to do it, because they like having the cats around,” she added, “but they don’t have a way of managing them in between homes.”
Valerie Tovar, a team spokeswoman, said the Mets would have no comment about Shea Stadium’s feral cats.
I have no doubt those cats will have a home in Citi Field before the stray animals of Loge13.
FULL DISCLOSURE: I don’t really like cats.