— Days Without Shea —

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In March, the Mets held an important toilet test, in which volunteers flushed every john in the joint, in an effort to expose any flaws in the system.

I'm sure they didn't test for stuck fans. Read on for details:

Apart from the burgers at Shake Shack, can we all agree that it's been exceedingly hard for either of the new ballparks in New York to generate any positive headlines?

Most of the time, the issues have been within team control (ie: bad sightlines for the Mets at Citi Field , expensive seats at new Yankee Stadium).

But also consider these two Citi Field-related headlines that are circulating the web today and make it seem like the baseball gods might actually be angry at New York for taking Shea Stadium and The House That Ruth Built out of circulation:

"The Mets have swine flu, pass it on"

"Officials in upstate Sullivan County said yesterday that the Mets may be linked to the swine flu outbreak. A resident of Liberty became ill last Wednesday, three days after attending a Mets game at Citi Field on Mother's Day, said Sullivan County manager David Fanslau. The unidentified victim became the county's first confirmed victim of the H1N1 virus Monday afternoon, he said.

"Because the woman's trip to the game was her only known foray out of Sullivan County lately, Fanslau said, local officials suspect there may be a link."

"Woman trapped by Citi Field toilet"

"A hapless Mets fan tried to make a diving catch when her gold tooth fell into a Citi Field toilet -- and got her arm stuck in the commode.

"The unidentified woman's bizarre Flushing adventure happened during last Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Braves, sources said yesterday.

"It's unclear how long she was trapped screaming in the john, but stadium security guards and emergency medical personnel eventually showed up."

Almost makes you want to design a new sleeve patch for the Mets, doesn't it?

Citi Field: "Come for the swine flu, stay for the evil toilets." 

You have to admit: It does have a certain ring to it. 

More on the toilet incident here:

An unidentified female fan seeking relief amid the Mets 8-7 12th-inning defeat somehow had a gold tooth come loose. Unable to bear the idea of parting with it, she fruitlessly jammed her hand into the toilet bowl, The New York Post reported.

Instead of coming away with a handful of gold, the toilet had a handful of her. She sat there screaming as the toilet continued to flush over her arm until security arrived; they in turn called Cardoza Plumbing, the folks who installed all 646 toilets in the Mets new home.  The low-flush "green" toilets installed at the stadium use powerful vacuum suction to cut down on water use, which may have contributed to the problem, according to the Post.
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As a Cardoza plumber drove from his Jamaica headquarters to Flushing, the toilet continued flushing and a crowd gathered outside the women's room near Section 338. Suffice to say, the man from Cardozo was able to rescue the hapless maiden.

"The truth is, this kind of thing happens all the time -- usually with wedding rings or cellphones," a Queens plumber told the Post. "People have probably been getting their hands stuck in toilets as long as there have been toilets."

[May 20, 2009 10:18 PM]  |  link  |  reply
dyhrdmet said

Vin Scully just told the story of the tooth in the toilet relating it to the 1962 Mets still being around. The 1962 Mets have been a bit of a theme of his this week.

[May 21, 2009 11:26 AM]  |  link  |  reply
Andre said

That is a crappy story. Great Post though.

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