Sunday night, we ran through the list of usual suspects to blame for the Mets’ legendary collapse.
The hot dog vendors.
Take your pick. Somewhere in New York in the past 48 hours, someone associated with the Mets has been targetted as the reason for the team’s 2007 downfall.
But something has escaped blame.
Something that looms over Shea Stadium’s outfield like a Satanic tinkertoy experiment.
Something that, all year long, distracted Mets management, players and fans from their true purpose, their calling…and ultimately their destiny.
I give you the reason the Mets imploded so spectacularly in 2007:
True, Citi Field did not don a Met uniform once this year. It did not blow late-game leads or fall into unexplainable slumps.
Citi Field is not even born yet.
But like Damien, its evil spirit has presaged its birth. 2007 is an Omen. And for all that is good and holy, we should abrogate Citi Field’s arrival before another heart-wrenching season commences.
Here are some perfectly good reasons to blame Citi Field for 2007:
Wind sheers. In the early ‘90s, the Red Sox built some luxury boxes atop Fenway. Suddenly, home run production suffered for the team. MIT researchers were called in to study wind patterns and velocity and adjustments were made to the new construction.
Citi Field is doing the same thing now. In 2007, the Mets had a better record on the road then at home. In fact, they had a losing record at home. And home runs at Shea were down this year (83 in ‘07, compared to 96 home home runs last year). Without Citi Field, Castro’s fly out to left field Sunday doesn’t die in the air: it’s a grand slam and the Mets are within two runs of tying the last game of the season. The Mets messed with the atmospheric conditions of Shea and we paid a heavy price.
Construction dust. Anytime you undertake a massive construction project like Citi Field, you kick up alot of toxic particles. Pollutants are everywhere, hovering over Shea like microscopic gnats. If you’re out on that field 81 games a year, no doubt you’re breathing in some heavy fumes and dust, which is bound to take a physical toll.
And notice how the Mets who play closest to the heart of Citi Field construction all had sub-par seasons. Delgado…Shawn Green…Valentin…RELIEF PITCHERS: buy some surgical masks this offseason. Your lives are in danger. Beware construction dust.
Karmic dust. Last week, Greg over at Faith & Fear in Flushing mused that Shea itself was causing the fatal decline of ‘07.
Shea Stadium is pissed off. It's cranky. It's hurt. And it's taking it out on the Mets the only way it knows how — by not being home-field-advantageous to its home team.
I don't know how Shea is doing it, but Shea may be conspiring against us. Why should he display loyalty to us if management is not loyal to him? Why should he care about going out in a blaze of glory if he is reminded not so subtly that, like the merchandise in the chop shops across 126th St., he will soon be stripped down and sold for parts?
Stadiums are like ancient burial grounds. Too much has happened on this sacred land and we are taking it for granted…at our own peril. The overpromotion of Citi Field may have spawned the wrath of the great karmic equalizer that runs this planet.
So adverse climate conditions, harmful contruction fallout and a serious disturbance in the Flushing Force all conspired to doom the Mets in 2007.
The solution: tear down Citi Field.
Or appease the spiritual overlords by making amends to loyal season ticket holders. Like those of us in Loge13, who have had seats in Shea for 22 years but this year were given the big finger instead of a helping hand into Citi Field in 2009.
Give us our tickets in the new stadium. Recognize the loyalty of those who have stuck with this team through many, many, many bad times (and believe us, this feels like ALL THE BAD TIMES of the past three decades rolled into one collosal stomach punch).
Now more than ever, the Mets need to show their true fans some true respect. Maybe you’ve gone too far to break down Citi Field. Then you MUST start filling it up with real Met fans…not just those who can afford the exhorbitant cost of a full-season smorgasbord of tickets.