— Days Without Shea —


So today, I took the whole family out to see Shea Stadium one last time. I put up a pile of posts, which I will summarize here, or you can follow the proceedings starting from this link or from the set of links down below.

The oddest thing about visiting the decrepit skeletal remains of Shea today with my kids is that we actually had a good time. In fact, my oldest son asked if we could do this again sometime...before realizing that we can never do this again.

Sometime this week, the last bits of Shea Stadium come down. Now I feel like I made my peace with the old fella. When I walked out of Shea Stadium on September 28, 2008 for the last time with my dad, we were emotional. Choked up for Shea. Choked up for the Mets. Ready to choke that no-good choker Scott Schoenweis. It was not a pretty scene.

Today was more dignified. We chanted "Lets go Mets" in the bitter January cold with a couple hundred other knuckleheads. My kids stole junk from the construction site and now think they have pilfered valuable relics of Shea Stadium. And we had some nice Dad-son moments. Just like the moments I had with my dad and granddad at Shea over the years.

The best part may have been when we finished the long, cold wanderlust around CitiField and Shea. We ended up under the new subway ramp and suddenly found ourselves trapped. The area is a fenced-in construction site and the doors to the subway line were locked. A few other Dads were also stuck there with their little kids. Finally we did what any good Met fan would do - we tore down the flimsy fence between us and the Citi Field parking lot and walked out. My final act of vandalism on Shea Stadium property...or my first act of vandalism at Citi Field.

This little clip says it all for me. LONG LIVE SHEA STADIUM!

 

Here are links to all my posts from today's goodbye to Shea:

Shea Stadium's Final Days - January 31, 2009

A Last Look at Loge13, Shea Stadium - January 31, 2009

Citi Amongst The Ruins - January 31, 2009

Shea Stadium From Roosevelt Avenue - January 31, 2009

Loge 13 Then And Now - January 31, 2009

Gate D of Shea Stadium - January 31, 2009




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Our last stop of the final Shea Stadium walkabout today was Gate D. The true last stop normally would have been Gate E but they already tour down Gate E!

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I probably entered that Gate 250 times easily in my lifetime. And now, to paraphrase a one-time resident of Shea, it's not half the Gate it used to be:
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There's a Citi Field hanging over thee

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Oh the end of Shea came suddenly...

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More posts from Shea's final weekend:

Shea Stadium's Final Days - January 31, 2009

A Last Look at Loge13, Shea Stadium - January 31, 2009

Citi Amongst The Ruins - January 31, 2009

Shea Stadium From Roosevelt Avenue - January 31, 2009

Loge 13 Then And Now - January 31, 2009

Gate D of Shea Stadium - January 31, 2009

Shea Stadium's Last Weekend - The Wrapup


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Allow me to mess with your mind a bit...

Ya know that last scene in "Titanic" after everyone's drowned and suddenly the old lady is walking through the ship again? Well, here is what the walk into Gate D of Shea Stadium looked like four months ago:



And here is what Gate D looks like today, January 31, 2009. That red escalator exposed to the elements is the escalator I am going up in that clip.

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Longtime Loge13 reader and commenter DyHrdMet was also out at Shea Stadium today. He has a new blog now, called Remembering Shea, where he is also posting his photos and videos from today. I'll post more about his new blog later but take a visit now to see his coverage.

And more posts from Loge13 below:

Shea Stadium's Final Days - January 31, 2009

A Last Look at Loge13, Shea Stadium - January 31, 2009

Citi Amongst The Ruins - January 31, 2009

Shea Stadium From Roosevelt Avenue - January 31, 2009

Loge 13 Then And Now - January 31, 2009

Gate D of Shea Stadium - January 31, 2009

Shea Stadium's Last Weekend - The Wrapup

[January 31, 2009 10:38 PM]  |  link  |  reply
dyhrdmet said

Thanks for the plug. It's a shame we never actually got a chance to meet, even though I saw myself in one of your photos and have a strange feeling I came out from the subway stairs close to the time when you did at our first arrivals at the ballparks (I was being interviewed for the New York Times during that, so everything around me was a blur walking out to the old RF parking lot but I have pictures).


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Shea Stadium on its final weekend, January 31, 2009

And so it came to pass, this is the final weekend in history that anything remotely resembling Shea Stadium will exist on the earth.

Since the last game, I have been mostly unable to look at any photos of Shea's decay. But today, I woke up and decided to take the kids out to the ballpark one last time. It was about 20 degrees out. With the wind chill, it felt more like 8. And with a nasty breeze off the water, it felt more like 15 below by Shea Stadium.

The kids were troopers (they really had no other choice...I wasn't leaving). We walked around Shea, then Citi Field and headed to a rally (kudos to Christopher Swann, who organized). I had read there might be an impromptu gathering today but a NY Times reporter clued me in on the official proceedings happening by Gate A. Here's a photo of Mr. Swann addressing the huddled masses:

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When we arrived, Swann seemed to be catching some heat from folks still upset by Citi Field's existence. as if he has something to do with it. The crowd eventually grew more cordial and we sang "Meet the Mets" and gave off one final chant of "Lets go Mets." Then we all took a stroll around Shea one last time.

The site of Shea Stadium in this condition is not for the faint of heart. More than one fan walking around commented to me that it was like watching a family member die. I like the lighting in this photo...it's like Shea's soul is being released to the heavens (OK that's a little too much I admit but I was out in the tundra for 4 hours so cut me some slack):
Shea Stadium in the winte rsun_013109.jpg You can click on all these photos to see a larger image BTW.

After this weekend, the rest of the Shea exterior comes down. As of now, Gates A and E or gone anyway. I'll be posting some more photos later, when I can once again feel my hands.

RELATED LINKS:

Shea Stadium's Final Days - January 31, 2009

A Last Look at Loge13, Shea Stadium - January 31, 2009

Citi Amongst The Ruins - January 31, 2009

Shea Stadium From Roosevelt Avenue - January 31, 2009

Loge 13 Then And Now - January 31, 2009

Gate D of Shea Stadium - January 31, 2009

Shea Stadium's Last Weekend - The Wrapup

[January 31, 2009 4:54 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Christopher Swann said

Great post. It was awesome meeting you, even briefly, when we were by the old Gate E. Thanks for the credit (and picture!). Keep up all the great work!

[March 1, 2009 12:33 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Erin said

Hey man, I've been reading a few of your posts and they're excellent. I'm a Cleveland Indians fan, and have never been to NY, but I can tell you that it makes me really sad that Shea is gone. I know not as sad as it is for Mets fans, obviously.
I just want to thank you for being such a great fan. It's always nice to see other fans who are so die-hard and who love their team and the places associated with their team so much.
I know I've never been there, so what do I know, but I've been looking at a lot of pictures tonight and saw the video you posted of Shea. What a great ballpark! I love the scope of it....it just looked so big!
You guys have great fans, and I wish you the best of luck this year. Not much longer to wait now until baseball is finally back!


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RELATED LINKS:

Shea Stadium's Final Days - January 31, 2009

A Last Look at Loge13, Shea Stadium - January 31, 2009

Citi Amongst The Ruins - January 31, 2009

Shea Stadium From Roosevelt Avenue - January 31, 2009

Loge 13 Then And Now - January 31, 2009

Gate D of Shea Stadium - January 31, 2009

Shea Stadium's Last Weekend - The Wrapup


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