— Days Without Shea —

The debate about Citi Field sight lines and oversight in neglecting Met history continues in bars, on sports radio and in blogs, including Loge13.

If the Mets were playing better, we'd have something better to talk about. I am convinced of one thing: I am getting tickets in the Pepsi Porch this year at some point.

Meanwhile, the New York Daily News ran a good column, touching on both sides of the issue. The Mets are definitely scrambling to announce a more accessible Mets Hall of Fame in the coming weeks and defuse some of the troubles. Here be the article, in case you missed it:

Who plays at Citi Field again?

The new $850 million ballpark got an electric reception last Monday, but a growing chorus of Mets fans are griping about a peculiar choice of which storied New York stadium the Amazin's have honored.

There's a glaring lack of Shea reminders amid an odd abundance of tributes to the long-departed Brooklyn Dodgers and Ebbets Field, fans say.

"All I know is there's got to be Mets stuff or it's embarrassing," said WFAN midday radio show host Evan Roberts. "It's a cold feeling and it doesn't feel like your home."

Sporting a facade that mimics the masonry of the Dodgers' old digs, Citi Field also has the Jackie Robinson Rotunda - with photos and film of Dodgers stars and Ebbets Field - and a field-level eatery named the Ebbets Club.

Images of the now-dismantled Shea Stadium, where the Amazin's played for 45 years and won World Series titles in 1969 and 1986, are much harder to find.

A Mets spokesman stressed plans to honor team legends in a museum at Citi Field.

"As previously stated, we will recognize our team's heritage and have announcements in the weeks ahead," the spokesman said. He didn't comment about the paucity of Shea pictures in the new ballpark.

"Respect should be paid and Shea should be honored," said Stanley Cohen, author of "A Magic Summer," about the 1969 Mets. "We lose the whole substance of what the game means if we don't have something that recalls the past."

Jason Antos, who wrote "Shea Stadium: Images of Baseball," was puzzled by the emphasis on Ebbets Field, which never hosted the Mets and represents Brooklyn, not Queens.

"It's a little confusing why, in the stadium where the Mets are playing, there's so much attention being paid to Brooklyn Dodgers history," Antos said.

At the Mets' home opener on Monday, fans also bemoaned the lack of Shea likenesses.

"We're still paying homage to a team that left over 50 years ago," griped salesman Paul Palmeri, 48, of Middle Village. "It's like going to a road game to watch your home team."

Mark Klimm, 48, of Newtown, Conn., stressed he liked Citi Field but will forever have a soft spot for Shea, where he fondly remembered marching on field at a Banner Day in the mid-1970s. "That was an experience I'll never forget," he said.

While fans won't see many images of Shea's blue windscreen panels with neon outlines of ballplayers, the brand-new ballpark incorporates some elements of the Mets' longtime stadium.

Citi Field includes Shea's Home Run Apple and the New York City skyline from the Shea scoreboard. The Mets also plan to mark Shea's bases with plaques in Citi Field's parking lot.

Last week, Mets brass announced plans to install a Mets Hall of Fame with plaques honoring the club's legends, possibly in center field.

Still, many fans said they love Citi Field as is.

Season ticket holder Monica Hickey-Martin, 44, of Stuyvesant Town, applauded the ballpark's link to the Dodgers, whose westward move in 1957 paved the way for the Mets' creation in 1962.

"So many Met fans became Met fans because they were Dodgers fans," she said.

Jeff Cohen, 46, of Flushing, even suggested the lack of images of Shea - where the Mets suffered late-season collapses in 2007 and 2008 - is for the best.

"You want to do anything you can to erase the specter of that reputation," Cohen said. "You want to have a fresh start and a new look - even if that's the look of the Brooklyn Dodgers."

[April 21, 2009 5:52 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Gary Lambert said

METS FANS! Take back the name of YOUR ballpark!

Stick it to the banksters! Call it Debits Field!

Do you LOVE your Amazin's, but HATE the fact that the name of their beautiful new ballpark was sold to a corrupt and greedy corporation (and paid for with OUR Federal bailout bucks, at that)?

Well, you can join the protest and reassert your naming rights, with the DEBITS FIELD T-SHIRT!

Visit www.debitsfield.com for details.

[April 21, 2009 6:07 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Ron Hunt said

Great, now we're getting idiots pushing their t-shirts!

Gary - we're all fine w/Citi Field, beat it.

[April 21, 2009 7:54 PM]  |  link  |  reply
dyhrdmet said

You know what's funny. I got over the idea of the corporate name on our ballpark a few months ago, long before anyone was allowed inside. I even had a post all ready for my blog if/when Citi had to give back the naming rights. The name is far below the bottom of my list of greivences with the Mets right now.

But Kingman, how about this - bloggers day/night in the Pepsi Porch.

[April 23, 2009 6:17 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Andrew Cardona said

I must say, prior to attending CitiField for the first time, much talk was made about the fact that there wasn't a bad seat in the house.

Well, as beautiful as the new ball park is, I'll have to say that the Upper Promenade Reserve has much less than ideal seats. The added leg room up there is non-existent. In fact, I think there is less leg room up there than Shea did. In addition, we had seats adjacent to third base and because of the structure of the stadium you could not see the near foul line past third base. It seems to me that many new ball parks have a rising wall in each corner of the outfield and the foul line is just a few inches from it. This makes from bad view. Heck, Shea had a very low rise wall in the corners and didn't have that problem. Lastly, they have a white line that holds the net behind home plate which extends toward the outfield. Many fans in my section were complaining about the fact that it can easily be confused for the foul line. Hey, I"m still happy about the new ball park but its clear that every seat is NOT great and that it was built that way so to entice you to get the most expensive.

[May 6, 2009 8:35 PM]  |  link  |  reply
Coogan said

What about The New York Giants...!!?!?


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