Good post today about Citi Field over on Dugout Central. Tom ponders why Mets brass has goen to great pains to honor the Brooklyn Dodgers in the new stadium, at the expense of overlooking the rest of New York’s baseball history.…including the storied past of the New York Mets.
The rotunda, which is to be named after Jackie Robinson, along with the field design and structure, places too much emphasis on the Brooklyn roots and old Dodgers leanings of the Mets’ owner. Don’t the Mets deserve to preserve their own identity, and keep the team’s history alive? Why blur it with a franchise that left town long ago, leaving thousands with broken hearts?
As of this date, no announcements, mentions or even whispers have been made public toward building a “bridge” between the Mets roots of the early 60’s and the current occupiers of Queens. While the Jackie Robinson Rotunda is a wonderful way of honoring Jackie and all he meant (not only to baseball, but society as well), can Mets fans also look forward to The Carl Furillo Right Field Foul Pole? The Don Newcombe pitching rubber? The Carl Erskine Bullpen? Just how out of control will all this Dodger worship become?
For whatever reason, the current ownership seems to avoid any acknowledgement of the Mets’ past. Instead is seems as if they feel Mets history began when they purchased the club from the Payson family in the early 80’s. Yes, at Shea Stadium the banners from the team’s Championships and other post season appearances are on the right field wall, and retired numbers adorn the left field wall. I just hope as a lifelong Mets fan a greater effort will be made to honor the team’s past, as they move into their new home.
Thus far, and no reports have surfaced to suggest otherwise, the new field seems to represent the Dodgers of yore, with little Mets or New York baseball history at all being represented.
Excellent points. Tom goes on to suggest that the Mets consider adding statues or sculptures of figures from Met history to the JR Rotunda. Considering that the Mets won’t even move the magic hat to the new field, I wouldn’t expect much from ownership.