— Days Without Shea —

by Kingman on September 28 at 11:18PM
Bobsterphoto_092808.jpgLongtime Loge13 reader and pal Bobster sent along his thoughts and this photo tonight:

Mr. Met has plenty of reason to cry today. For one thing, the Mets lost their final game of the season and were eliminated from any postseason play. But even more, today marked the very last baseball game ever played at Shea Stadium.

Shea opened in April 1964, back when the Mets were a very bad expansion team. I saw my first ballgame there in July 1965 when my dad took me to see the Mets play. My mom had clipped out coupons from Borden's milk cartons, so we got to sit in the grandstands - also called general admission - for free. I didn't know a lot about baseball back then, as my dad wasn't really a fan, but a seed was planted that day. By 1969, the year of the Miracle Mets, I was a diehard fan.

Shea has seen some great things in those 45 seasons, including the two World Series championships in '69 and '86. But now it's history. The place will be dismantled and a parking lot will replace it. The Mets will play right next door, in Citi Field.

This ticket stub is from the 1968 season. I mostly sat high up in the grandstands because of the affordable price - $1.30 was a good deal. (A comic book cost 12 cents back then).

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